Herbs for Stress Relief - to Calm and Nourish
The use of herbs for stress relief is a popular complementary healing tool. Nature gave us a wide variety of powerful herbs for healing. It has been said that there is a herb for every ailment.
Our ancestors discovered the power of flowers and leaves through trial and error. When someone felt better after eating a certain herb, others would try it too. When someone developed a reaction to a herb, others would stay away from it.
The following herbs for stress have been found to soothe and balance the nervous system, help with insomnia, restore the body and increase energy:
Ashwagandha - this ancient Indian herb has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. It can balance the body, bring homeostasis to the nervous system, and improve the immune system. It is both a sedative and a nerve tonic.
Rhodiola rosea is a plant with amazing properties. It is a favorite among Russian astronauts because it can increase energy levels, reduce fatigue, positively affect the nervous system, and reduce stress.
Holy basil, also called Tulsi meaning the incomparable one. A favorite herb, it is brewed as a daily tea in many families in India. This herb belongs to the class of herbs called adaptogens. Holy basil can uplift your spirits, calm, and restore balance to your nervous system. This is my favorite along with Rhodiola and Ashwagandha.
Passionflower, infusion of the leaves is used for insomnia. This herb has calming properties, and it is generally helpful in stress relief.
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbs for stress relief. It is known to help the body deal with stress. The herb also relieves fatigue and increases energy.
Chamomile is an old time favorite herb. It is a gentle relaxant used as a sleeping aid, nerve tonic, and as a tea for a soothing and relaxing break.
Rosemary is known to have a soothing effect on the nervous system. This herb, called dew of the sea in Latin, also stimulates and enhances memory.
St. Johns Wort is a popular herb used for mild depression and nerve pain. In Germany, doctors often prescribe St. Johns Wort instead of expensive pharmaceuticals.
Valerian is one of the most commonly used herbs for stress relief. This herb is used to help with stress-related insomnia. Valerian also alleviates muscle tension and soothes stress-related headaches.
Lemon balm, the leaves of this herb are useful for minor insomnia and anxiety. Lemon balm is often combined with other calming and relaxing herbs, such as chamomile, hops, or valerian root.
Lemon verbena, this small aromatic shrub is known to strengthen the nervous system. The fragrant leaves and flowers of this herb are often brewed in tea for its soothing and relaxing effect. Lemon verbena is also known for its ability to break down cellulite.
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Precautions: Herbs should not replace conventional medicine. Always talk to your doctor, a naturopath, or other qualified health care professional before taking any herbs.
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