Stress Herbs are natural stress relievers with little or no side effects and are a popular option to synthetic medications…
We think that after reading the list below and trying a few teas and tinctures of your own, you will be sold on the stress relieving effectiveness of Mother Nature.
Kava Kava– is a herb of the Indonesian and Polynesian islands and is a hot favourite for it’s anxiety relieving effects. Kava, when drunk, gives a sense of well-being but does not affect mental alertness. Use Kava to relax muscles and get a good nights sleep.
Catnip – acts on both the nervous system and the digestive system. It calms by acting on the brain and also relieves symptoms of peptic ulcer and irritable bowel syndrome which are associated with stress.
Valerian – is said to be the oldest among the stress relieving herbs; it is mentioned in Ayurvedic literature. It has been likened to Diazepam, the sleeping pill. Valerian acts as a stress herb by reducing tension and anxiety and is a good pain reliever for tension headaches and migraines. Also has antispasmodic properties and can be used to ease tight muscles.
Chamomile– promotes feelings of relaxation and settles digestion. It boosts the immune system, which is often depressed during stress, and chamomile prevents infections. it contains glycine, a nerve relaxant…We all know about the soothing effects of Chamomile tea!
Passion Flower– has a long history as a folk remedy for anxiety. The flower is believed to contain naturally occuring seratonin. It is very soothing and used in herbal tea preparations. Use this herbal remedy for insomnia.
Skullcap – makes an effective nerve tonic that reduces anxiety and restlessness. It acts on the nervous system and stabilises the mood. Make skullcap into a tincture.
St John’s Wort – a well-known anti-depressant without any side effects. It inhibits the enzyme, mono amino oxidase, and helps in relieving stress.
Hops – has a relaxing effect due to it’s tranquilizing properties. Also good for insomnia and irritability. It was traditionally infused in sherry. Hops has also been used in sleep pillows.
Lavender — lifts moods and relieves indigestion and headaches. It also encourages natural sleep, so necessary to cope with stress. Besides being one of the most effective stress herbs, it has so many other uses.
Vervain or Verbena– strengthens the nervous system and relieves anxiety and stress. It makes a good sedative nerve tonic (make a tincture) and is also a gentle stimulant for the digestive system.
Ginko Biloba – improves blood flow and the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain, helping memory and concentration. This herb also encourages good circulation.
Rhodiola – regulates the heartbeat. Also effective for improving mood and lifting depression. Studies also show that it improves physical and mental performance, and may reduce fatigue.
Rose– has been praised for many reasons…and for many centuries. But its herbal properties tend to be neglected. Rose balances the hormonal functions, encourages a regular menstrual cycle and is a soothing rememdy for emotional dificulties around menopause. It also calms and soothes anger and irritability. One of the favourite stress herbs
Well, this is our list of the main “stress herbs”…
But we have a few other favourites that combine so well with any of the above…And, even if they are not necessarily for stress relief, they are herbs which have wide application, are easy to grow and give great joy.
Make herbs part of your DIY stress relief programme. Combined with other stress relief techniques, they can help you to keep calm, balanced and in control of your mind, body and emotions.
Please remember to seek medical advice before taking herbal medicine if you are pregnant, or if you have a long-standing medical condition such as heart condition or high blood pressure. Herbs may be plants but their medicinal effects are potent and very real.
Have fun making teas, tinctures, decoctions and salves to soothe anxious minds and weary bodies. Great to share with a friend…Click here to see how…
Our pets also suffer from stress and other ailments which can really benefit from herbal preparations.
And, remember to use herbs with a heart of gratitude…the earth provides everything we need for our well-being and wholeness.
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