Feeling stressed lately? Herbs can be great allies during times of stress by providing nourishment to the nervous system, relaxing muscle tension, and imparting a sense of calmness that helps deal with everyday stressors.
The following handpicked Ayurvedic and Western medicinals are considered generally safe and possess a plethora of benefits. Below we are focusing on their traditional uses for stress and tension.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): A sedative and tonic all in one, this herb is effective at relieving nervous exhaustion with ‘hyper’ signs such as agitation and emotional instability and helps build tolerance to stress. It also relieves anxiety and stress induced insomnia.
Milky Oat (Avena sativa): This slow-acting nutritive and restorative herb calms shattered nerves, relieves emotional instability, relaxes tension, and restores a sense of peace and tranquility to overstressed and chronically upset individuals. It is most appropriate for those who are hyperreactive and oversensitive to various stressors.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): This gentle yet powerful herb is used for stress accompanied with a nervous stomach and is excellent for 'babies of all ages'. It is effective at relieving insomnia, irritability, and upset stomach.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): It is indicated for stressed-out individuals who are exhausted, mentally overworked, agitated, and develop muscle spasms. It is also useful for insomnia due to Heat, specially caused by worry or anxiety.
Passionflower (Passiflora edulis): It is specific for folks who can’t sleep due to a restless mind, circling thoughts, or obsessive thinking. It is also used for stress-induced headaches, anxiety, and nervous tension.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): This herb is best for those with a cold and weak nervous condition. It is primarily used for insomnia and to relax the muscles, especially when the face is pale and the skin is cool.
If you have a serious health issue, are pregnant or lactating, or are taking anxiolytics or antidepressants, it is best to consult with a clinical herbalist before use.
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