All herbs and plants have many properties and helpful uses; reducing stress is just one of the many ways to utilize herbs. We all have stress in our lives. Stress can be a good and a bad thing. It all depends on the way you use stress reducing tools on whether or not you let stress rule your life. Using herbs to help reduce stress can give any routine an added bonus.
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Herbs that Reduce Stress: Herbs and plants all have helpful uses and most have many ailments they can help with. This list is composed of my favorite stress reducing herbs. Sometimes herbs can take up to 6 weeks to start working. Just like anything new you must give it some time. BUT THEY WORK!
- Lemon Balm
- Holy Basil
- Black and green tea
- Passion fruit
- Licorice root
- John’s Wort (St. John’s Wort should only be used for really bad cases of stress and depression, and in moderation. It can be addictive)
Some Minerals that can Help: Having enough Magnesium and Omega-3’s is important for your body to combat stress.
How to use herbs:
- Teas– I love using tea as a stress reducer. The act of sipping a cup of tea is a great way to relax and calm your body and mind. Not only is the act of sipping a cup
This is my favorite Stress Relief tea, but there is a ton of brands out there to try.of tea relaxing. Most good brands of black and green tea naturally have L-theanine in it. L-theanine naturally helps reduce stress.
There is many stress reducing tea blends out there, I have found
them at health food stores, online and even at Walmart! You use loose leaf or tea bags.
All teas take a different amount of time to brew so you want to follow the directions but 3-5 minutes is the norm. Adding honey and sugar can cause your body to be stimulated again, so if you are drinking tea right before bed; make sure you limit your sweeteners. Try a few blends, once you find your favorite blend you will be sipping your way to a calmer life.
- Tincture: A tincture is normally alcohol infused with herbs. You can find alcohol free tinctures also. A tincture can have faster effects then a capsule. Tinctures are normally recommended to use daily, but you can use them at a moment’s notice when stress seems to be creeping in and becoming overwhelmed. You can use single herb tinctures or look for a blend that works best for you. I have seen lots of names for the stress reducing tinctures, Good Mood, Stress ease and Stress Management just to name a few. All these are comprised of different amounts of stress reducing herbs. Read the labels to see which blend works better for you and/or your family.
Tincture doses are normally 30-60 drops add to juice or water. I like to use a Dixie cup or shot glass size cup to add my tincture and water, quick and easy to take.
- Capsule– You can find stress reducing herbs in capsule form. Capsules are made up of crushed herbs in a gelatin capsule. They even have vegetarian capsules. Capsules can be one herb or a blend of herbs. Normally you take one to three a day or as directed.
- Cooking– When cooking with fresh or dry herbs you still get the benefits each herb has to offer and a great flavor too. Always make sure your herb of choice is edible! Here is more info on Cooking with Herbs.
- Baths- Baths are like tea, they naturally relax you. Adding herbs to your bath water
will automatically add a boost to your bath and brain. When running your bath water
just add a bath bag or cheesecloth filled with herbs. It can float around or just hang in the water like a tea bag does.
You can even use shower soothers or hang herbs in the shower water/steam to make your shower more relaxing too.
There is many ways to utilize herbs in your home. Reducing stress is just one of the ways to use nature’s tools given to us. No matter which method you pick; baths, teas, tinctures or capsules, you are choosing to find healthy methods to reduce stress. We all have stress in our lives, it’s the way we utilizes the tools of reducing stress that makes our lives seem less stressful and manageable. Don’t let life get the better of you, get the best of life.