9 Herbs Against Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety in everyday life is a situation that is now often a part of our everyday life. Stress is often confused with anxiety, but these are two different situations that in the long run, have the same effect on the body. Herbs happily give solutions and several times directly to the problem of chronic anxiety!
Starting from the basics, anxiety is caused in simple words by the feeling of danger that then evolves into fear. When anxiety starts, the autonomic nervous system is activated. But when anxiety becomes everyday problem, we basically lose control of our body, as the autonomic nervous system has the body in a “defensive” state.
Of course in everyday life, the sense of danger does not need to be a threat with substance, but the traffic on the road that will delay the agenda of the day, a deadline in the job, a bill that ends are the nowadays threat.
The symptoms are many and often common with stress, while the first victim of anxiety is the digestive tract. It is followed by chronic fatigue, chest pain, insomnia, anorexia, depression, shortness of breath, dizziness and often menstrual irregularities in women and erectile dysfunction in men.
You will notice that most herbs that fight stress are also antidepressants. Absolutely normal, as the first action that a herb should have in both cases is tranquillization.
The 9 most popular herbs against stress are:
Try basil infusion, letting it soak for 5 minutes in boiled water. It calms the nervous system, stimulates brain function and helps for a good and deep sleep. Also effective on aromatherapy!
Of course the relaxing marjoram with the sedative aroma is very good for baths, decoction and also oil-based massage with marjoram essential oil.
Chamomile reduces the symptoms of anxiety, softening the digestive system, fighting insomnia and nervousness. Ideal is the decoction before bedtime.
The well-known antidepressant herbs, valerian and St. John’s wort are also ideal for fighting stress and anxiety. Soothing herbs, stimulating the nervous system, fighting insomnia and, of course, melancholy and depression. Drops of tincture of these two herbs in water, is the most immediate solution. Consult your doctor for dosage.
The beautiful passionflower, treats anxiety, reduces symptoms of poor sleep or insomnia, and acts as an aphrodisiac in cases where stress has also affected sexuality. It is a mild sedative, not as much as the valerian and is pleasantly drunk along with chamomile.
Lavender can not be missed, as it is a great anxiolytic herb and offers quiet sleep, it is a mild sedative and protects the stomach. You can use the essential oil in a diffuser, put dry lavender under your pillow, or drink it as an infusion!
A very good herb against stress is the melissa which is mild and particularly pleasant to taste. Try it in combination with other anxiolytic herbs or on its own.
Liquorice protects the body by normalizing the body’s secretion of cortisone under stress and by giving energy to our body. It calms and normalizes brain function. Try adding licorice to your tea.
Of course you can offer yourself many forms of relaxation, such as regular exercise, meditation, yoga, gardening, contact with nature and swimming, a strong anxiolytic and antidepressant!
Caution is necessary with medicinal herbs, because like drugs, they have effects and side effects. Never exceed the dosages and beware of possible allergies to herbs you do not know, by trying a small amount first.