5 Great Herbs To Help Reduce Or Relieve Stress
Stress. Our daily life routines can sometimes bring this on in abundances. Whether it be from an everyday “what to wear” choices, or an unexpected “oops”, stressors pop up anywhere. So what can we do to help lessen the effect that some stress can put upon us? Well, there’s a few different ways, but for now, let’s look at 5 natural herbs that are said to do the job.
If you know me, then you know that I’m a big fan of the use of essential oils. I have a cabinet full of them and they help me out in many ways… not just stress related. Below is a list of a few herbs (put together by DeliciousLiving.com) that are found in essential oils along with the properties the herbs have. Check them out and then if you wanting to discover what essential oils can do for you, head here to purchase a set for yourself!
Herbs To Live By
- Chamomile (Matricaria chamomila) is rich in calcium and magnesium, making it a natural nervine, useful for calming nerves and upset stomachs and promoting sleep. Avoid if you’re allergic to ragweed.
- Kava (Piper methysticum) can relieve anxiety and agitation, according to Germany’s Commission E. Kava’s muscle-relaxing effects also make it good for alleviating tension headaches. Avoid if you’re pregnant, nursing or taking sedatives.
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) acts as a gentle natural tranquilizer. You can combine with chamomile tea or tinctures to relieve nervousness and enhance sleep.
- Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca) is a sedative, nervine and antispasmodic, which is useful for nervousness and hysteria.
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) reduces anxiety, calm nervous stomachs and treat insomnia. While it has the reduction qualities, it may exaggerate the effects of sedative medications.
Sources: The Herbs of Life: Health & Healing Using Western & Chinese Medicine (The Crossing Press) by Lesley Tierra, LAc; Natural Health Bible (Prima) by Steven Bratman, MD, and David Kroll, PhD
Note: This isn’t intended as medical advice.