Have you ever heard that saying, ‘The best doctors says you need good sleep, exercise, and sunshine.’?
If you want to learn more about ways to naturally improve your mind, body, and spirit, then you have come to the right place. Younger generations are pushing the usage of natural and alternative treatments, practices, and methods more and more. Of course, there is a time and place for unnatural remedies to do their work. Although, we believe in the power of natural remedies as well here at Journey.
Have you ever heard that saying, ‘The best doctors are good sleep, exercise, and sunshine.’? There is definitely some truth behind that. We are going to dive into the brief workings of natural practices and substances that can drastically improve your life.
Introducing these methods into your life can be viewed as a type of ‘self-care’. By 2020, pretty much everyone has dedicated some thought about this whole ‘self-care’ thing that influences on social media push for. This message from Journey to you is not to make you feel bad about not doing yoga every day, or taking 100 supplements, or something crazy. Just think about your lifestyle while you read this page and consider what may be realistic and necessary for you to improve your life. You may even walk away from this message wanting to introduce a new weekly or even daily practice into your life!
All we can say is just try to have an open mind whilst you read the following page.
Meditation / Yoga
Improve your mind, body, and soul
The first thing that may be obvious to some of you, but practicing meditation and yoga is a fantastic natural way to improve your mind, body, and soul. The benefits that fall under these two practices seem to be somewhat endless.
Meditation– The definition of meditation largely depends on who you are asking. The common definition is a practice where an individual uses mindful techniques like focusing on a particular object, thought, activity, or breathe. The ‘motive’ is to reach far beyond the chatter in your mind and simply be. That’s it, just be! Simple-right? Well, no, it is not simple at all. This practice can come more naturally to some, however, it is something that gets better with time and practice.
There are so many benefits to Meditating. Here are just a few:
- Improves self-esteem / self-awareness
- Improved concentration and focus
- Can help fight against addiction
- Assists in managing depression and anxiety
- Decreases overall stress
- Increases compassion and decreases aggression
- Promotes neuroplasticity in the brain
Yoga– Yoga is essentially a practice that includes bodily poses, strength, balance, mindfulness and more. This physical, mental and spiritual practice originates from Hinduism. It is still being practiced around the world today. This beautiful practice holds many different types. For example, you can partake in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Birkham yoga, Yin yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and many more.
There is pretty much a yoga practice for anything! Here are a few key benefits you can reap from doing yoga:
- Increased Flexibility
- Increased strength
- Promotes neuroplasticity
- Improved balance
- Stress relief
- Increases creativity and inspiration
- Manageable anxiety/depression
- Reduced inflammation
Both yoga and meditation have been practiced for centuries and are known as very sacred practices. We highly suggest that you give these a go! You won’t regret it.
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices are not only delicious, but they also hold loads of benefits for both your body and your brain. Knowledge/study of herbs and spices is something that has gone on for many centuries. Today, we continue to expand our knowledge on these magical gifts from Mother Earth herself. Since there are countless herbs/spices with benefits, to make this simple, I will list 10 different herbs/spices and a few of their key benefits.
- Cinnamon – Holds powerful anti-Diabetic properties, lowers blood pressure.
- Rosemary – Helps prevent Allergies and nasal congestion. Improves cognitive function.
- Sage – Improves brain function and memory.
- Ginger – Boost immune system, fights nausea and inflammation.
- Peppermint – Relieves IBS pain and may reduce nausea and inflammation.
- Holy Basil – Boosts immune system and helps fight infection.
- Tumeric – Contains ‘Curcumin’ which holds powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cayenne Pepper – May have anti-cancer properties. Helps reduce appetite.
- Fenugreek – Improves blood sugar levels.
- Oregano – Fights infections and improves heart health.
You may already cook with these in your own kitchen for the purpose of adding flavour to your dishes. But have you ever thought about the health benefits behind these? We advise you to do more research as there is endless information and so much to learn about these common herbs/spices!
Ahh yes, finally, we are going to discuss mushrooms! This is a hot topic that is only getting hotter and hotter as we learn more about these little fun-gis! Sorry-we know that was bad. We just couldn’t resist!
There are over 50,000 different spices of mushrooms that we know of and that number is only growing as we discover more and more. Various of these species are hallucinogenic and only 1-2% are poisonous. One thing is certain and that is that mushrooms as a whole have countless benefits to serve to humanity. Let’s take a look at the benefits that psychoactive and non-psychoactive mushrooms have to offer.
Pretty much every type of edible mushroom contains varying degrees of protein and fibers. Many species also contain vitamin B as well as a very powerful antioxidant that is called selenium. This antioxidant helps with supporting the immune system and prevents damage to cells and tissues.
Mushrooms can also help with improving heart health. If you are looking for a salty tasting food to add to a dish that actually doesn’t contain that much sodium, mushrooms are a great alternative. They contain a glutamate ribonucleotides, which gives it a salty taste with low contents of actual sodium. Not only does glutamate ribonucleotides taste salty without any sodium contents, but it also helps fight against heart disease and assist blood pressure control.
But what about your brain? Are there any health benefits that mushrooms offer for your brain? The answer is yes! Mushrooms can help protect your brain as your age. Ergothioneine and glutathione are two antioxidants found in mushrooms that may help prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, according to the Penn State researchers.
A new very commonly discussed species of mushroom that can help with improving brain function, focus and memory is Lions Mane Mushroom
Just like non-psychoactive mushrooms, psychoactive mushrooms are a huge topic. We will do our best to go over some important factors. Psychoactive mushrooms have a few names they go by. They are also known as ‘magic mushrooms’, ‘psilocybin mushrooms’, ‘liberty caps’, etc… These mushrooms can occur naturally and/or in a lab setting. There is one very important thing you need to know to understand the difference between these and other mushrooms you may find in the supermarket.
That difference is the potent psychedelic and hallucinogenic properties they hold. This means you only have to take a very small dosage of 2-3 grams to (hopefully) enjoy a very intense psychedelic experience. This ‘high’ results in a lot of intense visual and auditorial hallucinations. This can give you a long strange trip full of mind-bending moments, morphing/breathing/melting of your surroundings, and/or loss of ‘self’ and ‘ego.
Not only do these magic mushrooms definitely feel like magic, but they also hold many benefits for the mind and soul. Here are a few benefits you can get out of taking mushrooms in both big and small quantities:
- Can help treat depression
- Can help treat PTSD
- Can help treat nxiety
- Can help fight addiction
- Can increase creativity
- Can increase focus/productivity
- Can help with speech impediments
These mushrooms, hence the name, are indeed ‘magic’. Well, okay… perhaps they aren’t literal ‘magic’. But they are the next thing closest to ‘magic’ in my opinion.
If you want to learn more about mushrooms (psychoactive and non-psychoactive) we highly suggest you check out this Joe Rogan episode:
In this episode, he interviews Paul Stamets- a mushroom activist who is extremely known in the Mushroom community. This interview covers different types of common and rare mushrooms, different materials you can make from mushrooms, the importance of fungi as well as the spiritual side of mushrooms, magic and non-magic.
Time to wrap this up!
Above are only a few ways to improve your mind, body, and spirit via natural remedies. We think it is important to constantly try out new methods to improve you and your life. One of the most beautiful things in life is self-evolution and self-progress. This is a never-ending Journey that we encourage you to begin. Life is beautiful and it is even more beautiful when you are your happiest and healthiest self.
Do you partake in any of these practices? Perhaps it is time to sit down with yourself and re-evaluate what you are doing for your mind and body. Every day we make a choice, we hope you make the best choice for you.
With all the love and light,
* The objective of this article is specifically for speculation and to promote discussion/food for thought. I do not condone or encourage the consumption of any illegal substances. If you consider any of this context too suggestive for your comfort, I advise you to leave this page. Please use this information to further your education on this substance in a responsible matter. Readers discretion is advised. *
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