Best Natural Herbs to Reduce Stress October 07 2011

More and more people suffer from stress and are unable to function to their optimum as a result. While lifestyle and the modern way of working certainly contribute to stress, there are things that can be done to prevent and deal with stress. Besides massage, exercise and therapy, there are some natural herbs that really work to reduce stress. Here are some of the best products on the market right now:

Licorice root – this herb has a natural hormone alternative to the common cortisone, which is the major cause of stress. This alternative really helps people to deal with stressful issues, as it will bring the blood sugar level down to a reasonable level. It also helps with the adrenal glands, which give you more energy to cope when you feel stressed. There are also people who claim it directly calms the mind, but either way, it helps with stress.

Passionflower – this is an herb usually given to people to promote sleep. As this flower is actually a mild sedative, it works to treat anxiety, insomnia and people who get very nervous. You can consume this herb in tea form, which makes it very easy to drink.

St. John’s Wort – this has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It was also used for mental disorders in the nineteenth century. In a study, it was shown to be more effective than Prozac when it came to people suffering from depression. St. John’s Wort can be combined with valerian root for those suffering from insomnia. It can be taken in capsules or as a tablet.

Lavender – this is a very effective herb and is very effective when you want to reduce anxiety and bring about calmness. This herb is also known to balance out your hormones and stimulate the immune system. Lavender is usually taken as a tea, but many people also like to use it as an essential oil.

Kava Kava – this is an herb from the South Pacific, and is very good for relaxing your muscles. As such, many people use this to treat stress and depression. You can find this in most drug stores, in tablet form.

Remember that there are many ways to promote calmness and reduce stress, so it is worth looking around and trying a range of different options. When you find something that really works, you should stick to that if it brings your relief.

Pat Lindle is a health and exercise nut living in Atlanta, GA.  To put his money where his mouth is, he offers only organic snacks in his metal deck / steel deck company, as well as on-premise exercise equipment.  Healthy body, healthy mind is Pat's motto.