You can repeat your affirmations, never miss a yoga class, and still fall into a funk from time to time. It’s not your fault. If you feel you’ve tried every solution and still can’t get your ‘overwhelm’ under control, it may be time to add some stress supporting herbs into the mix.
Herbs are one of the most overlooked ways to help people relax and learn to let go. They’re easy to take and come in many forms including capsules, teas, and tinctures. For those times when your thoughts are racing, your nerves are frayed, or you just want to take the edge off, make sure you have one or more of these herbal wonders in your stress management kit:
Goodbye anger, sadness, and irritability. Blue vervain is a powerful herb for calming the nervous system. Users with occasional anxiety claim that it can help quiet a restless mind and put agitated nerves at ease. Also, if you tend to hold tension in the neck and shoulders, Blue Vervain is the herb for you. The taste tends to be bitter, but blending the herb with lavender tea or a sweeter beverage may be enough to mask the flavor.
A powerful and well known adaptogen, Ashwagandha has a long and rich history of use in Ayurvedic cultures. Ashwagandha helps support everyday stress and helps boost energy. Mood lift? Check! Energy boost? Check!
Chamomile isn’t just for bedtime! This herb, along with lavender and lemon balm, all have calming effects, so drink it whenever you need a hit of relaxation. Plus chamomile tea is delicious, especially with a little bit of honey. We recommend drinking it before bedtime.
The passion flower, or passiflora incarnate, is a medicinal herb that grows native to North, Central, and South America and produces tiny, berry-like fruit. Many herbalists commonly use passion flower to help soothe occasional stress. Passion flower has been know to help support relaxation.
Another adaptogen that has shown many benefits is holy basil. Holy basil has played a prominent role in ayurvedic cultures and has been know to support the body in times of stress. Holy basil comes in tea form as well, so you can enjoy a cup before bedtime.
Grown high in the Andes mountains, Maca contains protein and essential amino acids. It’s also an adaptogen meaning it may help your body respond better to stress. You can mix maca powder into your daily coffee, tea, or smoothie. Maca has a rich malty flavor that combines well with cacao, another popular mood-booster.
Rhodiola rosea supports a healthy stress response and it’s yet another powerful adaptogen that works hard to help your body adapt to occasional stress and promote feelings of calm.
We all need a pick-me-up from time to time. It’s good to know that certain herbs can be potent medicine in our effort to go from feeling blue to feeling pretty amazing.
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