6 herbal stress busters to eliminate anxiety

Tumeric News(NaturalHealth365) Wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce your stress in an all-natural and easy way? Today, we’ll explore six great, herbal-based remedies that can accurately be called “stress busters!” Get ready to dramatically improve the quality of your life…

Reducing stress couldn’t be more important. Chronic stress triggers a wide variety of hormonal changes in the body, due to the release of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin. Small amounts of these hormones are usually not a problem, but prolonged (excessive) exposure will promote cellular inflammation – a key risk factor in the creation of disease.

If you want to avoid pain and disease, you’ll need to support your immune system – which will automatically improve your ability to manage stress in a healthy way. This means everything from taking time off and meditating to using some of nature’s most powerful stress busters. Here are my top 6 picks:

1. Chamomile

Chamomile is a simply amazing herb and does more than just help neutralize stress hormones; it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Yet, this is only the beginning of the health benefits of chamomile. Studies have also shown that chamomile may also have anti-cancer properties as well. So, try some chamomile tea today.

2. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is an ancient herb that is receiving more and more attention. This herb was studied extensively by the Soviets for the purposes of sport’s training and enhancing endurance. Studies also point to rhodiola’s ability to reduce stress levels. One dropper full of Rhodiola (liquid extract) per day is a nice way to get started.

3. Passion Flower

Passion flower has a range of uses including treating insomnia. Additionally, passion flower is seen as a general way to address everything from anxiety to stress. This herb can be taken in tea, capsule or liquid form – depending on your preference.

4. Ashwagandha (my personal favorite)

Ashwagandha’s origins in traditional Indian medicine goes back centuries. What makes ashwagandha so valuable for those looking to combat the effects of stress? This widely used ancient herb can help the body control cortisol. This adaptogenic herb helps to keep me calm in stressful situations and I find it very easy to take (everyday) in liquid form.

5. Ginseng

Ginseng, like rhodiola, is often touted for its ability to help address fatigue, but ginseng is also a powerful tool in combating the effects of stress. Studies indicate that ginseng boosts immunity while at the same time helping to reduce cortisol production in the body.

Keep in mind, one common side effect of ginseng (and other herbs) may be insomnia, and there is a potential for drug interactions with pharmaceutical medications like warfarin.

6. Holy Basil

Holy basil is another ancient herb that has been taken for centuries. Studies have shown holy basil to be very interesting herb, as it works as a COX-2 inhibitor, which means that it can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Research has revealed that holy basil can actually help repair damaged cells. In addition, it has anticancer, antibacterial properties and can help strengthen your immune system. Holy basil is truly one of the strongest (natural) stress busters on the planet!

Using the 6 herbs we’ve covered here will help you boost your health and lower your stress. As with using any new herb it is important that you listen to your body and discontinue using any herb if you are experiencing abnormal symptoms.

Naturally, if you’re really concerned about a particular health condition – be sure to consult a qualified, herbalist before trying any of these herbs and, of course, consult your family physician.

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Sources:
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/passionflower
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA346157/holy-basil-to-combat-stress.html
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2005/dec2005_report_cortisol_02.htm

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  • Asha Bas

    I don’t think I had heard of Ashwagandha. Good to know about these things. I often have camomile tea, and Ginseng is quite nice, though not as easy to find… I have found dandelion tea to be rather comforting also. I’ve found the teabags named ‘tension tamer’ – which is a blend – rather helpful too. I think also, whenever one is in a highly stressful situation that they cannot get out of and that is long term, it is important to try to see the funny side of things and to be around nature as much as possible. To look after yourself, because you need to get out alive ;)