Stress! Yes, we feel it and sometimes we know when it increases. It’s an emotional and mental state of being. Stress is a condition that can arise due to problems, too much work or pressure, and other reasons too. TRAUMA can cause stress. A LOSS can cause stress. TOO MUCH stress is not a good thing. Hence, you want to make that stress go away or erase it. There are different ways to ERASE stress but where possible, seek to erase stress NATURALLY. You can naturally erase stress through the use of herbs. WHAT?! How do herbs relate to stress, you might ask. Yes, herbs can naturally erase stress and these plants are able to accomplish this by releasing components that fight stress triggers or symptoms within the body. (Also check out these 7 Silent Signals You’re Stress.)
Sure, you may decide to seek other techniques for relieving or erasing stress, BUT where herbs truly win is their ability to supply the body with powerful, but natural substances that can gently ease away the stress. Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s jump right in and discover 4 ancient herbs that naturally erase stress. You may be wondering why these herbs are referred to as ‘ancient’. The simple answer is that these herbs have existed for a long, long time, decades and centuries, and these herbs have proven their abilities time after time! Now, on to the herbs!
#1 – Lavender
The first herb we’ll consider is Lavender. This plant has a soothing and calming effect. Did anyone ruffle your feathers today? Did you FEEL the tension beginning to rise just enough to make you feel hot under the collar? Get some LAVENDER and watch your stress fizzle away. It relaxes the body by working constantly to stop irritability and wake up the immune system. Guess what?!! This is why lavender is used in aromatherapy sessions. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties and this can come in handy when the source of stress is inflammation from a bacterial infection. There are many ways through which you can reap the benefits of lavender, including teas, aromatherapy leaves and essential oils. Lavender could be placed in creams, lotions and sprays. This herb is particularly good at easing away physical aches in the body and tension headaches.
Yes, you know how these types of strains or pain in the body could worsen the stress that a person has. So, RELAX away the stress with INFUSIONS. Yes, infusions gently enter the body as tinctures and eye pillows too. In addition, lavender could be used to tackle digestive issues, including an upset stomach and gas or as a sleep aid. It could also calm the respiratory system. Lavender is useful in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, treating anxiety, modulating moods and improving a person’s emotional state, treating insomnia and also treating some neurological disorders such as epilepsy . WOW!!! There are different ways through which you can benefit from this ancient herb. So, get going today and seek out lavender to relieve stress. (To learn more about lavender, have a read of How Adding this Plant to Your Life Will Change Your Life Forever.)
#2 – Licorice Root
Another herb that should be at the top of your radar is Licorice Root. When you’re stressed, you could use the ancient herb of licorice to calm the body and mind. Licorice creates a balance in the adrenal glands and can also level off spikes in blood sugar levels. There are licorice teas and tonics that help to naturally erase stress. People say that the licorice plant has been around FOREVER! And they would be right TOO as this root has links to ancient kingdoms and monarchies in places like Egypt, Greece and China. The most medicinal part of the licorice plant is the root. One main thing you’ll notice with licorice root is the way it INCREASES YOUR ENERGY! Hence, licorice is added to drinks and foods with the intention of making people feel good. It has compounds that affect the adrenal glands by causing stimulation and excitement. So, if you feel down in the dumps or totally stressed out by something, GUESS WHAT? Licorice root can help! The herb can ease stress and gives you the feeling of well being. Think about it. After a long day in the office or a busy day sorting through problems and challenges, you may need help to get rid of the stress that has built up over the day or WORSE, over a couple of days! If so, you can do so by using licorice root in teas, drinks and foods to enhance your mental state and promote physical vigor. Chronic fatigue occurrences could also be handled by using this herb. (To learn more about licorice root have a read of 7 Essentials to a Superfoods Cocktail.)
Did you know that licorice roots helps fight coughs too? So, in addition to erasing your stress NATURALLY, you could be benefiting from some pretty fine medicinal properties. Also, the medicinal properties of licorice root can be used to treat skin problem like eczema . It could be used to fight cramping that occurs during menstrual cycles, menopause or episodes of inflammation that may occur due to infections and by-products of stress. Another SWEET part of this news is that licorice root is NATURALLY SWEET and this makes it quite easy to insert the herb into a multitude of food items. If you didn’t know all this previously about the licorice root plant, you DO now! So, next time you see this herb or see items that contain this herb, such as tea, tonics, cough medicine and candy, you’ll also be able to think about how the licorice root helps in erasing away stress. Do note that it is important to follow recommended doses for any licorice product or item you use.
#3 – Hydrilla
A third ancient herb you should be aware of that can be used in naturally erasing stress is Hydrilla. The power behind hydrilla is its richness in certain minerals and compounds that are essential to well-building in general. The hydrilla herb contains vitamins like B12. It also has magnesium and calcium. The herb helps to generate or build up the body’s blood supply and this is vital when you are stressed or if your immune system is compromised. The great thing about using the hydrilla plant to fight stress is, just like the other herbs, the stress relief that it provides is completely natural. You can tap into the rejuvenation ability of this herb, and there are hydrilla supplements that help you unleash the power of nature . The B12 vitamin is a vital part of how this herb works. B12 specifically works on the body to reduce anxiety and depression. This uplifting action helps to naturally erase stress. This plant grows very quickly and can be found in certain aquatic regions.
#4 – Polyrachis Ant Extract
The final herb that we’ll discuss which helps to relieve stress is the Polyrachis Ant Extract. This herb is known as the Herb of Kings and has powerful rejuvenating properties as well . These ancient herbs typically have multiple uses in addition to helping to naturally get rid of stress. The ant extract has also been used to tackle degenerative diseases. When a person is stressed, energy may get depleted and this is where the polyrachis ant extract comes in to regenerate the depleted energy and revitalize the immune system. There is also an anti-inflammatory and analgesic property that this extract provides. YES! It’s another win-win situation, tackling various factors that could be contributing to stress in one way or another. KICK stress OUT of your life by using this naturally occurring stress eraser!
There are ways to fight burnout, pressures at work, stress and fatigue. You can use adaptogens which help individuals adapt or become better equipped to handle stressful situations.. There is also a herbal class of these plants that are classified as adaptogens. Some of these adaptogens include rhodiola, cordyceps, eleuthero and schisandra . Yes, these adaptogens do have fancy names and ones that you may not be quite familiar with. However, just like the ancient herbs that have been discussed, these adaptogens help provide anti-stress properties as well and the promotion of self-defence mechanisms in the body to help you tackle stressful situations and occurrences.
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Rick Kaselj, MS