Tension, emotional instability, heart palpitations and breathing problems: Just a few of the uncomfortable and disruptive signs of stress. These symptoms can hit us out of nowhere — and when they do, they interfere with our ability to focus, rest, and get the peace of mind we need to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.
That’s why it’s important to have the following herbs and spices (or “herbal remedies”) at hand. Think of them as Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet:
St. John’s Wort
One of the world’s most well-known herbal remedies for stress, St. John’s Wort is a persistent, gentle nerve tonic that boosts the nervous system when taken regularly over an extended period (approximately three to six months).
A protective antioxidant powerhouse, passionflower’s chemicals have calming and sleep-inducing effects. This relaxant can also be used to treat the bodily signs of stress, such as muscle spasms.
Our adrenal glands release hormones in response to physical, mental or emotional stress, in turn causing adrenal fatigue. A natural herb, licorice root helps the body handle stressful situations by regulating the production of hormones in the adrenal glands.
Also called “golden root,” rhodiola relieves stress by inhibiting the stress-induced depletion of important neurotransmitters in the brain and balancing the body’s stress-response system. It has been used for centuries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia to treat stress, depression and fatigue.
In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi (literally “supernatural mushroom”) is used to “calm the spirit.” Perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally, reishi mushrooms help reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue and lower blood pressure.