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Written by Sebastian Pole

We all need to relax sometimes. Modern living is stressful and our adrenal glands are constantly under pressure to perform. Here we discuss how you can ‘take a chill pill’ naturally.

Thankfully, we all live under stress. The grounding stress of gravity keeps us on the earth. The force of the sun’s gravitational stress holds the earth in an ellipse so perfectly placed that our planet can flourish in an atmosphere ideal for life. However too much stress pushes any object to its limit. Stress is implicated in many health problems from insomnia to dermatitis to IBS to overt anxiety. Ayurveda perceives this as ‘living beyond our threshold’ or ‘living beyond our means’. So, if we are living in the red we need to recredit our reserves so that we can process, absorb and purify the stresses we encounter. Nature holds many gifts for helping us to manage our daily stresses from simple breathing exercises, to soothing massage, to a spectrum of healing plants that can sedate, stimulate, nourish, feed and/or relax the nervous system.

Sebastian is a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. He qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help transform health. He holds a Licentiate in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine and is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor.

Sebastian Pole runs his own herbal practice in Bath and has been in clinical practice since 1998. He is also an organic herb expert and is passionate about supporting the sustainable supply of organic herbs. Fluent in Hindi, a registered Yoga therapist and passionate about running a business that brings benefit to everyone it connects with, Sebastian is on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life.

Sebastian lives on an amazing two acre forest garden farm in Somerset with his family, where he grows over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. His favourites are licorice, chamomile, echinacea, motherwort, valerian, tulsi and marigolds.

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006).

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