Reducing Stress with Herbs
In today’s society, stress is one of the major causes of illness and disease. Worry, fear, poor diet, and anxiety can deplete the body’s reserve supplies of vitamins and minerals. Negativity, anger, and dissatisfaction inhibit your body’s ability to function normally, causing conditions such as ulcers, sleeplessness, abnormal monthly cycles for women, rapid heart problems, depression and much more. Unlike chemical medicines, herbs, vitamins, and minerals can help replace these lost elements naturally and without leaving you feeling sleepy or semi-alert.
It is extremely important to fight stress with a full regimen of vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Taken in moderation daily, minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and sodium will help replace minerals depleted by stress. Vitamins D, B12, B6, F, thiamine and Pangamic Acid are the vitamins which are depleted by stress.
Herbs that relieve stress and can be taken together include horsetail herb, Irish moss, comfrey root, oat straw, and alfalfa. These herbs will help alleviate nervousness. For anxiety, a good herbal combination would include goldenseal root, parsley root, Siberian ginseng, garlic, and cayenne. To strengthen and relax the nerves, a good combination would include skullcap, hops flowers, lady’s slipper, black cohosh root, cayenne, mistletoe, wood betony, and valerian. If anger, hysteria or problems with melancholy are present drink herbal teas made with ginger root, St. Johns Wort, hops, cayenne and valerian. St. Johns Wort and valerian herb are both excellent to aid with sleeping problems but the herbs should not be taken together. It is also wise not to take these two herbs if you are operating equipment or driving.
Another method of relieving stress is aromatherapy. Burning rose oil or vanilla in a room has a very relaxing effect on the nervous system. A few drops of these oils added to your bath will lower your blood pressure and relieve anxiety. Deep breathing is another method of getting rid of stress. Taking deep breathes and slowly releasing them will slow down the heart rate and help relax muscles.