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8 Healthy Herbs To Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Updated: Apr 21

Dealing with daily stress and anxiety can be quite a challenge! Lots of people tend to resort to some medications to help them deal with these issues. However, there are also natural ways to reduce stress and anxiety! If you want to find out more, you are in a good place!


When you think about these past twelve months, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? It’s COVID 19, right? But have you noticed that besides COVID, this past year has been completely marked by increased stress and anxiety? Now, you could say that it is logical for people to be stressed when there is a fairly dangerous virus that we can't seem to get rid of even though now we have vaccines. But we are not talking only about that. We noticed, first of all, in our case, that we feel way more stressed, anxious, and even depressed about practically everything. And then, we noticed that it is more or less how most of our friends feel. Some are totally insecure about the possibility of keeping the job. Some are in long-distance relationships and in are afraid when they are going to see their partners. And many other people have various reasons to be ultra stressed in this situation.

Despite all of this, though, we need to keep on with our lives and this can often be difficult when we feel this way. Some people focus on working out and using things like nitric oxide supplements to improve their performance and fight off the stress this way. That said, many people ask for professionals to help them reduce stress and depression, and anxiety. Psychologists and psychiatrists are trained to assess the situation and prescribe medications if and when they deem necessary. These medications, however, can help but to an extent. They are created with the purpose to reduce the symptoms, and they are undoubtedly efficient in that respect. At the same time, they cause dependency and can be harmful if you use them for a long time. Nonetheless, they don't reach the root of the problem.

Fortunately, there are plants that we can use to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression without experiencing any side effects. Of course, they also cannot make the problem go away. For this, it is best to talk with a counsellor or a therapist. Still, these plants have the power to reduce stress without medication. We can also say that they are even more effective. In the text before you, you will find a list of the best healthy herbs that can help you reduce stress and boost the immune system during these difficult times.

Plants Reduce Stress


Holy Basil


Hearing the name, many people think about the staple herb of Italian and French cuisines. However, it is not the same plant. Holy basil is a green leafy plant, also known as tulsi. It is native to Southeast Asia, and it has been used in Indian Ayurveda for centuries. It has a high nutritional value and contains vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, etc. It is used for treating different conditions such as malaria, bronchitis, GI issues, eye diseases, etc.

Various scientific research shows that it is effective in helping the mind reduce stress naturally.


Cannabis

There isn't a person on Earth who doesn’t know cannabis is one of the best natural remedies to reduce stress. However, as it contains the psychoactive substance THC, cannabis use was frowned up and forbidden in many countries. Times are changing, however, and as scientists know more about cannabis, the authorities are loosening the restrictions.

According to studies, this plant has splendid anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties, and it can calm the nervous system and reduce stress.


Valerian Root


People have been using valerian as a sedative for so long that it is practically impossible that you never heard about it. It is a herb, most commonly used for sleep disorders. The most common way to use this plant is by making tea, out of its root. Studies show that this herb regulates blood pressure.

It also regulates the impulses in the brain that calm the anxiety and depression.


Chamomile


Chamomile tea is also a remedy to calm the mind and reduce the stress that our grandmothers used. Chamomile is a plant that looks like a daisy and belongs to the family of Asteraceae. Usually, two species are used as ingredients for tea and herbal medicine remedies. The potency of chamomile tea depends on the quantity of the plant. We also know that chamomile contains flavonoids, which are essential antioxidants.



Reishi


Same as holy basil, reishi is also an adaptogen, which is why it can help the body adapt to stress. Technically, it is a fungus. It is incredibly popular in Eastern medicine. The health benefits of reishi reach far beyond supporting the stress response. Besides having antibacterial properties, it is also very efficient in combating viral and fungal infections. As an anxiolytic, it works on improving the function of the adrenal glands.

It is also effective in tackling insomnia, especially when you take it to calm the mind that won't turn off.


Ashwagandha


Withania somnifera, widely known as Ashwagandha is a plant with a long tradition. The first traces of the use of this plant go as far as three millennia in the past. The records show that practitioners of Ayurveda used it to help people with anxiety and low energy. Nowadays, we have lots of clinical studies that show that this plant is exceptionally efficient in helping people who experience stress and anxiety.

If you need something to reduce stress at work, we recommend trying this plant.


Lavender Tea


You already know that lot of people use lavender scented candles and lavender essential oils to reduce stress. The same as it works when smelled, it does when you ingest it. Tea is made of dry lavender buds, and it helps relax your muscles and nerves. That way, it can help relieve the stress. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties.


Green Tea


Because it is packed with anti-oxidants many people think of it as something beneficial for physical health. However, it is also splendid for mental health. Flavonoids that are the main ingredient of this tea are fantastic for protecting the brain from oxidative damage. That is why green tea is the ideal choice when you have to reduce stress before sleep.

Final Word

The modern, hectic life increases levels of stress and anxiety for most of us even in what we consider ideal conditions. In situations like this one where we have to deal with the pandemic and all insecurities it brought, it is perfectly expected that things become even worse. Thankfully, there are plenty of herbs that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and get on with our lives the best we can. We hope this text helps you as much as we hope we won’t be in this situation for much longer. Do you know of any herbs that can help combat stress?

If you plan to grow these herbs at home, be sure to use Nurture Growth Biofertilizer for healthy plants and abundant foliage. Nurture Growth is chemical-free and made from 100% natural ingredients. It is environmentally friendly and non-toxic making it and safe to use around people and pets alike.

If you have any questions or tips you’d like to share, feel free to contact us at info@nurturegrowthbio.com.

Thomas Nemel is a freelance writer based in Detroit. He is writing about everything regarding physical and mental health, including herbal remedies, fitness, supplements, etc. He is also covering travel and sports.


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