Stress is the body’s reactions to the demands of everyday life. While stress is a normal response, too much stress can be damaging and cause long-term physical ailments, such as high blood pressure. Fortunately, there are many herbs that are helpful in reducing stress and relieving many of the symptoms of stress.
Causes Of Stress
Many things in our lives can cause stress, and some of the common causes include:
• A demanding job
• Money problems
• Loss of a job
• Health issues
• Marital or relationship problems
• Car trouble
• Difficult co-workers
• Performance reviews on the job
• Rude neighbors
• Heavy traffic/construction
• Public speaking
• Bad news
• New career
• Death of a friend or family member
• Getting married
• Loss of a pet
• Too little time to get everything done
• Taking care of an aging or ill family member
• Arguments with spouse, children, friends, family members
Symptoms of Stress
The symptoms of stress are as many as the causes, but the most common symptoms include:
- Stomach upset
- Inability to concentrate
- Low sex drive
- Poor sleep
- Teeth grinding
- Stomach ulcers
- Tightness or stiffness in the back of the neck and shoulders
- Skin problems, such as eczema and acne
Who is Vulnerable?
Everyone experiences stress in their lives, but some people are more vulnerable. They include:
- Type ‘A’ personalities
- People who are often angry
- Poor communicators
- Lonely people
- People who have low self-esteem
- People who suffer from depression
- People with unhealthy behaviors, such as addiction to alcohol or drugs
Natural Herbs for Stress and Anxiety
If you are suffering from an overload of stress, consider the following herbs for stress, they have been found effective for the treatment of stress-related symptoms.
- Lavender is used to treat common stress symptoms, such as insomnia, depression and headaches. It’s often used in aromatherapy, but can also be in the form of tea or liquid extract for consumption.
- Kava relieves anxiety and induces sleep.
- Ginseng improves concentration, increases stamina and provides a sense of well-being.
- Catnip tea has a calming effect.
- Valerian is an effective sleep aid that is considered safe for short term or occasional use. Valerian is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
- Peppermint provides relief for three common stress symptoms – heartburn, upset stomach, and headache.
- Evening primrose is an effective treatment for eczema, a common symptom of stress.
- Willow bark provides fast relief for a headache.
- Chamomile tea has a calming effect, soothes stomach problems, and is an effective sleep aid. While safe for most people, some do have serious allergic reactions to chamomile.
- Sage is effective at clearing the mind, improving both memory and concentration.
- Ginger tea provides fast relief for an upset stomach.
- Tea tree oil is an effective treatment for acne, eczema, and other skin conditions, commonly brought on by stress.
- St. John’s wort has been found to break down the excess quantities of norepinephrine, a stress hormone. St. John’s wort also is used to treat depression. St. John’s wort has been found to interact with a variety of medications, so talk to your health care provider before using St. John’s wort if you are currently taking medication.
- Dill is effective for soothing an upset stomach.
- Feverfew is an effective treatment for tension and migraine headaches, which are common symptoms of stress.
- Tarragon relieves pain and promotes calmness.
- Licorice root is used to treat stomach ulcers, which can result from long-term stress. Licorice root is available in tablets, capsules and liquid extracts.
While everyone experiences some stress, chronic stress can cause serious, long-term effects to both mental and physical health. These herbs for stress can be effective for reducing stress, and relieving many of the physical symptoms of stress. If you continue to experience a high level of stress, it’s important to consult your physician, who may prescribe prescription medication or therapy.
Note: This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition, nor take the place of the advice of a professional healthcare provider.
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