7 Herbs for Stress Relief

7 Herbs for Stress Relief

Many of us are juggling just a little too much, feeling on edge just a little too often. It might feel manageable, but over time stress grows and its deleterious effects progress. The decision to go on prescription medication is a personal choice, and no one that isn’t you can say if it’s right or not. If you’ve decided you want to take an alternate route to calming your nerves and smoothing the edges of life, check out these 7 veritable herbs for stress relief, over at BeforeItsNews:

1. Chamomile

This amazing herb, related to ragweed, can be brewed in a tea or taken as a supplement, and it has been used for centuries to ease the mind and calm frazzled nerves. It has a mildly-sedating quality, and is often used for those having difficulty sleeping due to stress. In an eight-week study of 57 patients with anxiety disorders, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School reported that pharmaceutical-grade chamomile extracts 220mg daily) led to modest improvements compared with placebos.

2. Ashwagandha

Used for thousands of years to soothe the agitated mind, Ashwaganhda comes from Ayurvedic wisdom. Also known as winter cherry, Ashwagandha’s roots contain flavonoids and many active ingredients of the withanolide class. It is an adaptogen, which means it helps us ‘adapt’ to our environments, and that includes the stressful ones.

3. Passionflower

Not only is this herbal remedy beautiful, it is also known for helping those with high levels of anxiety to sleep better, and is even known as an aphrodisiac in ancient Polynesian cultures. Its effects are mildly-sedative, but lesser so than Valerian.

4. Magnesium

Not only does a good magnesium supplement or the consumption of foods high in magnesium help to soothe sore, tight muscles, it also helps to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. What’s more, magnesium has been shown to reduce an abnormal heart beat and keep the cardiovascular system in top shape. It can also help with the treatment of diabetes type 2 as well as insomnia and depression.

5. High Quality Green and Black Teas

L-theanine found in good teas can increase the brain’s alpha waves and help people to feel calmer. It seems the old advice to sit and sip a cup of tea isn’t just a placebo for helping to reduce stress. One study found that L-theanine reduced negative responses to stress. And in other research, it increased feelings of relaxation among people with serious behavioral disorders. It could be, in fact, even better at reducing stress than Xanax.

6. Lavender

The amazing scent of this plant is known to put even agitated babies to sleep. If you can’t get a good laugh to reduce the edge from your day, try smelling lavender, or drinking lavender-infused tea. It should immediately calm your frazzled nerves.

7. Kava

Otherwise known as Kava Kava, this is another Polynesian wonder for those with a worried mind. The roots are brewed to create a drink that is excellent for calming anxiety. It is sedative in its quality, but does not interrupt cognition. Many use it to treat social anxiety instead of the more harmful, alcoholic drink.

Bonus: Herb for Stress Relief – CBD

Use Cannabis as a compliment to the herbs above. Adaptogens and Cannabis (as CBD) can work in a team for stress-relief.

Studies have been conducted on cannabidiol and its potential to reduce stress and anxiety.  CBD has shown to have a good interaction with the 5-HT1A neuroreceptor.  This receptor is a subtype of the serotonin receptor and its                activation can lead to higher levels of serotonin, which can help boost mood and promote a feeling of calm.

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