Herbs for Stress Relief

Herbs for stress are natural alternatives to stress-reducing drugs.

While the body can has mechanisms to deal with stress, herbs can help counter the negative effects of stress.

Anti-anxiety herbs and herbs for stress have been used for thousands of years to cure illness and promote health.

Unrelenting chronic stress can leave you frazzled and lacking energy.

This type of stress saps your adrenal glands leaving you fatigued and riding an emotional roller coaster.

This can cause an increasing cycle of low energy and even higher stress.

Herbal stress remedies work by restoring adrenal balance or by calming and relaxing you.

While drugs cure the symptoms of stress – the stress headaches, the moodiness or the high blood pressure - they also have side-effects.

Herbs for stress are one way to break the low energy/high stress cycle that affect your health.

How herbs for stress work

There are a number of ways that herbs reduce stress. Herbal stress remedies are classed into three basic groups:

  1. Adaptogens.

    Coping with stress is aided by these types of herbs. Adaptogens restore balance and generally support adrenal function.

  2. Adrenal gland tonics.

    When stressed your body undergoes the stress response.

    Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released from the adrenal glands. See how stress hormones such as cortisol and stress affect health.

    Chronic stress can exhaust the adrenal glands. You start to feel fatigued and irritable.

    Herbs that are adrenal gland tonics help to restore the adrenal glands.

  3. Relaxation herbs or calming herbs.

    These types of herbs are known as nervines.

    They help to calm and relax you.

    Their sedative qualities make these good anti anxiety herbs.

Typical herbs for relaxation and stress relief

Herbal stress remedies help you to cope with stress and give you the restorative power that you need.

Some typical stress herbs include:

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) or Asian/Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng). Studies have shown that ginseng can improve mental alertness and reduce fatigue.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Now this is not the candy type of licorice, but rather the root-type. Licorice nourishes the adrenal glands and is an anti-inflammatory. Please note that there may be some potentially harmful compounds in licorice – for example glycyrrhizin may affect steroid hormone activity.

Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis). Widely used by the Chinese as an adaptogen, Schizandra is said to improve the body’s physiological processes and helps to counter stress.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococus senticocus). Has been used in Russia for the treatment of stress and depression. This herb is said to be an adaptogenic and also stimulates the immune system.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). This herb (actually it is a mushroom) is said to ease anxiety and promote calmness and nourish the immune system.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). Said to rejuvenate the nervous system this herb also is believed to help people deal with stress and reduce fatigue.

Since some herbs should not be combined with other drugs or treatment, and also due to the powerful effects of herbs, please visit your local doctor before starting out any herb for stress program.

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