Long term stress can be horrible for our health; it keeps us from sleeping, zaps our energy, makes us look and feel older, and can contribute to various health problems. That’s why it’s important to take time for stress relief. One way to do this is by using natural herbs. You can use them in tea or supplement form to help you feel calm and relaxed. There are a lot of remedies for stress out there; here are some of the most effective:Kava kava. This herb has not only been used for stress relief and relaxation, but also for easing anxiety and curing insomnia. The effects are considered to be similar to the prescription drug valium, but generally without the “mental fog” feeling. Since the effects are so potent, you should be careful what you do after taking it until you know how it affects you.
Lavender. Lavender has an analgesic (pain relieving) and calming effect. You can massage the oil into your skin, put drops of it in a bath, or just rub a small amount on your temples for a soothing and relaxing effect.
Valerian. This is one of the most widely used herbs for curing insomnia. It calms the nervous system, making you feel calm and relaxed instead of stressed. In addition, since it helps you get a great night’s sleep, you’ll feel more refreshed and ready to face the next day.
Reishi. This is a great supplement to take if you find your stress is caused by a constantly racing mind. This herb produces a calm, clear mind and helps cure anxiety without making you feel sleepy or sedated. It can also help you sleep if you have trouble “turning off” your brain at night.
Unlike prescription drugs, most herbal supplements require longer periods of time to notice the full effect. If taken properly and with patience, these herbs can provide a natural and effective alternative to drugs with fewer side effects. Talk to your licensed health care practitioner before starting any herbal supplement because they may have drug interactions.