Are Herbal Stress Remedies A Quick Way to Relax?
Stress can come in many forms – from feeling a little bit jittery to a full blown anxiety attack. It can crawl into our day to day lives and seep into our system, turning a bad day into something worse. Fortunately, there are many easy herbal stress remedies which have been discovered that can help us obtain a natural stress and anxiety relief.
Natural remedies for stress relief certainly include herbs because they are mostly safe and relatively cheaper compared to drug store brands concocted by big cat pharmaceutical companies. Here are some of the best herbal stress remedies that are widely known to be effective and reliable:
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosemary has been a popularly known natural stress and anxiety relief herb because it can help ease the tension in the muscles of the body.
- During the ancient times, the Greeks place rosemary on their heads to “clear their minds” in order to take in more knowledge.
- This in turn will allow the body to have a healthy blood flow that will greatly benefit the eyes and the brain.
- Rosemary as a natural stress and anxiety relief herb can best be taken in as an herbal tea.
- Rosemary has grade C level of evidence for both relieving anxiety and increasing alertness.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, German Chamomile)
- Chamomile has been used for thousands of years to relieve insomnia, anxiety, and upset stomach (gas and diarrhea).
- Though chamomile can be taken in teas, liquid extracts, or capsules, it can also be applied to the skin as an ointment or used as a mouth rinse (depending on which type of chamomile product that you buy).
- One recent clinical trial involving a pharmaceutical-grade extract of German chamomile found that it was more effective than placebo in relieving anxiety symptoms in those diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Source link
Tarragon (Artemisia Vulgaris)
- Tarragon is an herb best known as Mugwort.
- Uses for Taragon include digestion problems, improving appetite, and water retention.
- Some users of Tarragon suggest that it also helps to promote sleep.
Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
- Stress can sometimes manifest in our digestive system, causing the stomach to feel uncomfortable under pressure. Many people tend to develop stomach ulcers because of this.
- Dill is a great herb that can be used to soothe the stomach and help cure stomachaches related to stress.
- It also helps children relax and fall asleep.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- The St. John’s Wort has been studied in clinical trials and found to be an effective treatment for mild-to-moderate depression–Grade A evidence. (Only use for treating a depressive disorder with the supervision and approval of your doctor).
- St. John’s Wort can interact with a number of prescription drugs, so always consult your doctor and pharmacist before using it.
- Though there’s only grade C evidence for the use of St. John’s Wort in treating anxiety, symptoms of depression and anxiety are often interrelated.
- St. John’s Wort contains the chemicals, hypericin and hyperforin which act on chemical messengers in the CNS. These chemical messengers are involved with regulating mood.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita L.)
- Peppermint oil has a long tradition with historical uses including relieving common cold symptoms, cramps, headache, joint pain, and nausea.
- For those who suffer from stress related conditions such as tension headaches or irritable bowel syndrome, there is grade B evidence for the use of Peppermint.
- Applying diluted peppermint oil to both your forehead and temples may help relieve symptoms of a tension headache.
- Peppermint oil should be used cautiously because high doses of menthol (one of the constituents) may be deadly!!!