"For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure." - Rudolf Steiner
As Bliss Elixir evolves, we’re always searching for ways to share our deep love of these healing herbs with you. Knowledge is power, and our wish is to empower you to become increasingly in tune with your body, mind and spirit, and how best to nourish and support yourself.
The plants we work with are some of the most pure and potent tools to elevate wellbeing.
THE STRESS EPIDEMIC
Stress (including toxicity and environmental stress) could quite possibly be considered the root cause of almost every dis-ease on the planet. And without a doubt, we are living in a time where stress is epidemic. In modern society’s culture of “busy”, some of us are even addicted to it, most without even realising. Over time, unaddressed stress creates a cascade of dysregulation in the body. It begins with chronically elevated stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine), which throws out the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which throws out hormones, immune system becomes dysfunctional, neurotransmitter levels imbalanced, digestion compromised. It’s a trickle down effect. It can even be a trigger for addiction, a friend of mine says “you don’t have an addiction problem, you have a stress management problem.”
SO HOW DO THESE PLANTS HELP ?
Adaptive plants = Adaptive energy.
“There is no evolution without coevolution. Medicinal plants have emerged over the eons in a coevolutionary dance with humanity." - Ric Scalzo
Adaptogens are not a new concept. They have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems to strengthen and fortify the body, mind and spirit.
When we look at traditional Eastern medicine, we find the use of herbs in every day life to strengthen the biological, mental and spiritual systems in their entirety, as well as to increase longevity. In Ayurveda they are called rasayanas or rejuvenative herbs, in Traditional Chinese Medicine they are Qi (energy) tonics, or blood, Yin or Yang tonics.
This use of herbs for fortification, resistance to stress and elevation of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is now being adopted by the mainstream West, where they have been coined “Adaptogens”. They literally increase your adaptation energy and therefore also play a key role in disease prevention.
These herbs famously became known and utilised, when Russian scientists discovered their ability to significantly increase performance levels and ability to withstand and even thrive under stress. They were given to elite personnel - athletes, government officials, the military, even chess players and Bolshoi Ballerinas!
In fact, this research was taken so seriously that, in the 1960s, their study became a field of biomedical research. Several of the herbs studied were plants that had lived through the ice age by adapting to and thriving in the most severe living conditions on earth. They were then shown clinically to possess qualities that help our bodies adapt to the stresses of modern life.
Our blends and single herbs are all designed and chosen to make these tonics convenient, accessible and easy to incorporate into daily ritual.
Ultimately though, working with plant medicine is about fostering a re-connection to the earth, which inevitably is a reconnection to ourselves and to each other.
We love to connect and are always very happy to help with any questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
With Love, and deep gratitude for plant medicine.