We at Herbally Radiant have been emphasizing the need for calming the mind and maintaining emotional balance because any stressful disorder reflects on skin as well, impacting adversely on the beauty.
It is in this context that we appreciate the article in the NY Times which highlights the advantages of breathing exercise.
Long a key part of meditation and some kinds of yoga, breathwork is now becoming a discipline in its own right. It has been long recognized that deep, controlled breathing can calm someone having an anxiety attack or help anyone in need of a little more stress-relief and mental clarity. Hillary Clinton, for example, has talked about using alternate side nostril breathing to help her relax while on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. But what’s new is that scientists have found a physical link between breathing and what they call “emotionality.”
A study published last March in Science showed a direct anatomical link between the parts of the brain that control voluntary breathing and the parts that control emotionality. Altering the activity of this connection changed how aroused, alert or calm mice were. “It’s an important finding because it shows that there is a causality between the two,” said Andrew D. Huberman, a professor of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology at Stanford University.
He’s also developing an app with Brian MacKenzie, a strength and conditioning coach in San Mateo Hills, Calif. The goal of the app will be to customize breathwork for people by giving them a simple inhale-and-exhale test and incorporating other data provided by those who sign up for it.
“Breathwork can be thought of as exercise in that, if done correctly, has immediate benefits — physical, emotional and cognitive — but breathwork also has longer-term benefits if you do it regularly,” Dr. Huberman said. “The idea is that people can alter and strengthen the neural pathways that link breathing with emotion regulation centers in the brain, which can help them feel calmer and more alert, and sleep better, depending on the protocols they use.”
The R&D team at Herbally Radiant has experimented with a combination of Essential Oils in its products to assess their mood balancing properties. Such formulations help fight stress and calm down the nervous system. This therapeutic characteristic of our natural products has been appreciated by the large number of its customers.