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Stress-Relieving Herbs

It’s a beautiful, wonderful thing that our planet naturally grows plants that nourish us. Fruits and veggies provide vitamins and minerals that are known to benefit us in numerous ways.

Amazingly, there are even herbs that help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. They’re called adaptogenic herbs.

What are adaptogens?

Based on medicinehunter.com, there are a few qualifications that a plant must meet to be considered an adaptogen.

  • The herb must be non-toxic.
  • It must benefit your health in numerous ways.
  • It must reduce stress.

Here are a few different examples of adaptogenic herbs.

  1. Holy basil. Also called “The Incomparable One,” Holy Basil gets its name for a reason. It’s considered the most sacred herb in India. Holy Basil “enhances the body’s natural ability to respond to physical and emotional stress.”
  1. Ashwagandha. The hormone in the body that causes stress is called cortisol. Ashwagandha has been proven to significantly lower cortisol, reducing stress.
  1. Panax ginseng. Ginseng is a rare root that grows in deciduous forests. There are people who make a living off of hunting, collecting, and selling ginseng. Ginseng helps to restore balance in your body to enhance healing abilities.
  1. Maca. This root only grows at high altitudes. The root is known to increase stamina and energy. Maca has been proven to have a positive effect on your mood.
  1. Rhodiola rosea. Also has been called arctic root and king’s crown. This herb helps your body adapt to stress and respond to it in a healthier way. In other words, rhodiola rosea “increases resistance to stress” which helps reduce the symptoms.

As stress becomes more common in your life as an adult, consider these all-natural remedies. Talk to a professional about your stress/anxiety, and see if taking herbal supplements could be beneficial for you.

By: KayLynn P.