Feeling stressed out? A long list-to-do, deadlines, traffic jams, exhaustion, not enough time to recover and relax? Stress actually is our natural response to situations, and it is almost inevitable in modern city life. We cannot treat sress but what we can do is we can aid the body as it responds to stress. Chronic stress has a detrimental effect on all of our body systems causing hypertension, palpitations, asthma, allergies, congestion, constipation, indigestion, flatulence, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, diabetes, eczema and other.
But do not rush to buy anti-depressants with lots of side effects. These amazing herbs will get you back on track!
Most of the following herbs are adaptogents which help the body to adapt and cope with stress. They also increase the body’s resistance to a variety of adversities: physical, chemical, biological. They will make you calmer and more efficient in what you are doing.
1. Siberian Ginseng
Siberian Ginseng is an excellent herb to increase a person’s ability to cope with stress when it is taken over a period of time. It perfectly increases stamina and body resistance in the face of undue demands and stress. It does not really matter whether it is physical or mental – they are one for our body. So if you are feeling stressed, exhausted or depressed, you can safely try this herb to enjoy its amazing benefits. Siberian Ginseng is usually available as a tablet or powder.
Ashwagandha is a great immune tonic, adaptogen, antioxidant, aphrodisiac. It is often called “Indian Ginseng” because of its similar health benefits. It is commonly used to relieve stress and strengthen the immune system. As it increases endurance, it is a great herb for athletes and active people that need to increase their energy level, strength and stamina. Ashwagandha has many other health properties. It has been used in India for over 3000 years as rejuvenator and in Southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic, as it restores male libido, cures impotence and increases male fertility. It can be taken in capsules, tinctures or as a tea. But should NOT be taken with sedatives and alcohol and during pregnancy because of high iron content. As it strengthen thyroid function it is not for people with hyperthyroidism.
3. Holy Basil
When you are feeling stressed out and depressed, Holy Basil is another herb that could be helpful. It increases strength, stamina and endurance and allows the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently. It enhances cerebral circulation and improves memory. It reduces unclear thinking and mental fog. It has many more wonderful health benefits such as balancing hormones, maintaining normal blood sugar levels, promoting healthy respiratory system, maintaining a healthy digestive system, relieving cramps and gas. Holy Basil is available in teas. But because of its ability to thin the blood, it should NOT be taken along with blood thinning medications. If pregnant or nursing, consult your physician first.