Herbs for Stress Relief
Herbs for stress relief have been effectively and gently helping people take the edge mental tension for generations. Stress herbs act as our allies against everyday anxiety and distress in two ways.
There are two types of herbs for stress relief. Relaxing herbs help you calm down and adaptogens protect your body from the damaging effects of distress. When used together they offer a broad range of support.
Adaptogenic herbs act as a tonic. They support the organs and systems affected by stress and help your mind and body be more resistant during stressful times. Herbal adaptogens include ashwagandha, holy basil, a schisandra and more.
Calming herbs or Nervines have a positive effect on the nervous system. They may reduce feelings of nervousness, anxiety and stress. These stress relieving herbs include kava kava, lemon balm, chamomile, hops and more. Lavender is perhaps the best known and most loved stress herb. For quick herbal anti anxiety and stress relief, keep a bottle of lavender essential oil or a potted plant nearby. Snip off a few leaves or flowers, roll in your hands and inhale deeply. Lovely.
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How to Use Herbs for Stress Relief
- Stress relieving herbs are generally quite safe, but they can still be contra-indicated for your situation and medications. I highly recommend that you read the full profile for each herb (just search by herb name+herbal profile), including the precautions before choosing herbs for your needs. If you have a medical condition and/or take medication, please consult with your doctor before using herbal stress teas and remedies.
- For best quality, it is usually preferable to use liquid tinctures and extracts rather than powdered herbs in capsules. Coarsely ground herbs properly dried and stored for teas are good. Tablets are generally the least desirable. The more an herb is ground, the less time it holds its benefits.
- Whether taking herbs in liquid, fresh, or dried form, taste your herbs before swallowing. Some herbalists believe this allows for a transfer of physical and energetic information from the herb and your body knows what it is receiving. I also believe this mindful practice creates more of a conscious connection, or partnership, between you and the plants.
- When using herbs for stress relief and/or as herbal anti-anxiety remedies, it is best to match the specific benefits of the herbs with your needs. You can use just one herb or combine them. Many stress relieving herbs are readily available as combination remedies. Choose a single herb or combine them into capsules, syrups, tinctures, extracts, and my personal favorite - teas.
There's nothing like a soothing cup of hot freshly brewed herbal tea to take the edge off a stressful day.
Practice mindful presence while making your tea for even more calming benefits. When you give it your full attention, the art of making and drinking tea is relaxing and centering in and of itself. Make a ritual of choosing your herbs, preparing them and sipping your brew.
- When taken in sufficient quantity, certain stress relieving herbs offer more benefit than a few hours of easing tension. For a deeper level of support, infusions of healthy herbs replenish much needed minerals, vitamins and water to shore up your adrenals during times of stress.
- Although everything has and is energy, some herbal remedies act as vibrational or energetic remedies. That simply means they work on your energetic body instead of your physical body. Flower essences and aromatherapy essential oils are both good for relieving mental stress. Aromatherapy essential oils can act as both physical and vibrational remedies. They smell heavenly and are quite versatile and effective as mild herbal anti-anxiety and de-stressing aids. Paired with a nice cup of tension taming tea either of these remedies makes for a wonderfully soothing combination.
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Stress herbs play an important role in managing feelings of stress and anxiety naturally. Using a variety of your favorite herbs for stress relief can help you feel more relaxed and centered. Not only do they soothe your nervous system, they protect your mind and body from the ravages of distress, helping you be healthier and more resilient when challenging times come your way.