Have you decided to cut out sugar but are having a hard time coping with the sugar cravings and other unpleasant withdrawal symptoms? I had the same problem (oh sister they show up yearly in January too) so I thought I’d share some herbal remedies that can help you lick those sugar cravings naturally and beat your sugar addiction for good. And you will be pleasantly surprised to find most of these herbs in your kitchen pantry! Read on to learn how herbs can help you stop your sugar cravings naturally, plus easy ways to incorporate herbs into your daily routine.
Whether you are doing a sugar detox or just trying to cut back, sugar addiction is hard to beat! I’ve personally been through a sugar detox (many times) and can relate to the sugar withdrawal cravings and symptoms that you might be struggling with right now. Luckily, I have found some amazing herbs that can help stop your sugar cravings naturally and help you transition to a new, healthier way of eating.
Here are some of my favorite herbal remedies that can help you deal with your sugar withdrawal symptoms, as well as give you lots of other health benefits too. Best of all, most of these herbs are probably already in your kitchen pantry.
Combat Cravings With CINNAMON – Warming to both the physical body and the emotional self, cinnamon is helpful as you cut out sugar in several ways. Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar levels, which helps to minimize those insulin spikes that can lead to cravings and overeating. Plus cinnamon is delicious and adds a natural earthy sweetness to foods, helping to trick and satisfy our taste buds.
Fight Sugar Withdrawal Headaches with ROSEMARY – One of the tastiest culinary herbs, rosemary is also an effective natural remedy for headaches. Rosemary helps circulate blood flow, especially to the head, making it a helpful ally in combating those sugar withdrawal headaches.
Improve Digestion With THYME –Thyme is more than just a fragrant and tasty herb to cook with! Thyme can help with digestion which comes in handy during a detox as we are making dietary changes and transition to a new way of eating. Thyme has a unique way of warming and relaxing the body to help stimulate effective digestive function and even may help to relieve gas and cramping.
Destress and Feel Calmer with SAGE – Sage has been used for centuries because it contains powerful antioxidants that can help lower blood sugar levels and keep our cholesterol in check. But what I love about sage during a detox is that it is a potent nervine-this means it provides support to our nervous system, and can help our bodies go from “fight or flight” stress mode to “rest and digest.” So sage can help us relax and feel calmer, making us feel stronger and more confident as we go through the detox.
Naturally Detox Your Liver With TURMERIC – Turmeric is often known as the detox herb because it helps to support the liver, which is our body’s natural detoxifier. By adding turmeric into our diet, we are helping to eliminate some environmental and dietary toxins. Plus, turmeric can also help to regulate blood sugar levels and may help lower cholesterol while reducing inflammation that can lead to chronic disease.
Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings with TULSI – Also known as holy basil, Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that is considered a sacred plant in some Indian cultures. It can help promote mental balance and help our bodies manage stress more effectively. -including the stress, we might feel from giving up sugar! Tulsi helps to lower blood sugar levels, and it has a naturally sweet flavor that can help ease the transition from sugary foods.
Add Nutrients with NETTLE – Known as stinging nettle, this fierce plant helps us by providing a ton of nutrition. Cravings are a result of our body asking for nutrients! And nettle is so packed with minerals, that it helps ease cravings because it’s filling your body up with the nutrients it needs.