Stress is as much a part of life as breathing for most people, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a bad thing.
Many view stress as a negative, when in reality you could just as easily view it as an indication that change is needed.
According to Daniela Kaufer, associate professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley;
Some amounts of stress are good to push you just to the level of optimal alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should strictly seek to “stress-out” in order to sharpen your life skills. However, I am saying to embrace certain stress and utilize it to make yourself healthier, happier and stronger.
According to the American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, NY, the top 5 causes of stress in the US are:
- Job Pressure
These are all causes of stress for most of us, but they’re really not significant in the grand scheme of things… especially when we’re the very(and only) reason we’re even subjectively perceiving these particular experiences.
All we have to do is recognize what is triggering the stress response and act accordingly. Either remove, improve or moderate the stressful situation without relying on something artificial to mask the problem.
Prescription medications are rarely the best choice for those suffering from stress & anxiety issues. The most common class of prescription stress & anti-anxiety medications, can have overpowering side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, and lack of coordination.
Many over the counter solutions to illness have long-term adverse cognitive effects and withdrawal symptoms.
With all the negative elements surrounding synthetic solutions to stress, why not take a peek inside Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet instead?
Without further ado, let’s discover the 10 (legal) herbs that help you “chill out” the most.
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Licorice Root has long been used by herbalists as a natural alternative to hydrocortisone, which can help you cope with stressful situations, and can help to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. It’s also known to keep your adrenal glands in check.
Licorice is great for giving you the energy you need to deal with any stressful situation.
Passion Flower has long been hailed as a go-to anti-anxiety herb in the alternative health community. It’s a mild sedative, and definitely helps promote sleep.
Passion Flower can also be used to treat nervousness, jitters, depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Kava Kava is a unique & exotic herb from the South Pacific, and is a powerful analgesic and muscle relaxer. It’s also widely used to treat depression, as well as anxiety related to menopause.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been used since Hippocrates time for the treatment of mental illnesses.
According to a recent study, it was shown to be more effective than many prescription medications for major depressive disorders.
Lavender really does it all.
It can reduce irritability and anxiety, promote a relaxed feeling, and create a sense of calm as well as promote sleep. I have fresh lavender throughout my home.
Lemon balm has been used since medieval times to reduce anxiety and stress, and help with sleep.
One study showed that healthy volunteers who took lemon balm extracts were more calm and alert than people who took a placebo.
This herb can calm frayed nerves, and acts as a mild sedative.
In an eight-week study of nearly 60 patients with anxiety disorders, researchers showed chamomile extracts led to significant improvements, as opposed to placebos.
You might be familiar with hops because their beer fame.
Hops are often employed as a sedative, to promote sleep, usually in tandem with another, such as valerian.
Some herbs reduce anxiety without making you sleepy, while others are sedatives. Valerian is definitely in the second class.
It’s a sleep aid, used in the treatment of insomnia. It has sedative compounds, and the German government even approved it as a sleep aid.
You might never have heard of Meadow Sweet. It relieves headaches associated with anxiety and stress.
You can drink it in a tea or take it as a conventional dietary supplement. In closing, don’t discount the anti-anxiety effects of certain herbs.
Studies have shown many herbs to be just as powerful as common prescription medications used to treat anxiety and stress.
My go to remedy when I’m feeling stressed out and a barefoot night hike isn’t an option, I’ll take a few drops of a powerful and organic herbal remedy known as PureCalm.
PureCalm is a 100% herbal formula and contains the following ingredients from our list in therapeutic dosage: Lavender, Lemon balm, Passion flower.
It’s also important to realize that when we’re constantly stressed out, we tend to breathe shallow. When we do this, our sympathetic nervous system is activated (aka fight or flight response).
This particular response to stress has been coded into our DNA for survival which is great, but it also means our levels of cortisol and adrenaline are constantly raised, which results in weight gain, sleeplessness, irritability over time.
If you’re reading this article, you’re looking for all-natural solutions to your stress & anxiety problems.
While these herbs won’t take away your problems, they can help give you the strength reserves to deal with the stress, gain a new perspective, or even get the sleep you need in order to confront the problems with a fresh, clear outlook in the morning.
If chronic, crippling anxiety is disrupting your life, then you might just need a little herbal help to get you out of that funk.
You shouldn’t stew, stagnate, or waste away in a permanent anxiety or stressed state because you can only really enjoy life when you’re grounded, stress-free, and focused.
Health by choice, not by chance.