Herbal Remedies and Adaptogens

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Herbal Remedies are amazing!

There are many natural products out there that can help you in times of acute stress.  Herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies are among the most common products.  Herbs like lemon balm, chamomile, oat, St. John’s Wort, and lavender are all amazing herbs for stress, anxiety and depression.

Oat is a nerve tonic, it helps nervous exhaustion and depression, and it works great for those that are overworked and undernourished.

Lemon balm is used most for anxiety, depression, cold sores, insomnia and it helps digestion.

Chamomile is another nerve tonic that is mostly used for anxiety and insomnia.

St. John’s Wort is great for anxiety, tension, depression, nerve health, and menopause.  It is also anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever.

Lavender is one of the most common herbs used for anxiety and depression.  Many studies have proven its benefit for helping stress.

Rescue Remedy is an amazing brand that uses flower essences in their products.  This brand was started about 80 years ago and has amazing quality products.  They have special formulations for sleep, anxiety, and they even have pet versions!

Adaptogens: Nature’s Stress Helpers

One group of supplements that are great for managing stress are called adaptogens.  Adaptogens are substances that help your body’s response to stress.  They help the body cope with external stresses (toxins) and internal stresses (insomnia, anxiety).  They are great for adrenal and thyroid health.  Common adatogens include:

Ashwagandha– Immune health, combats stress, improves memory, anxiety, depression, brain cell regeneration, adrenal and thyroid health

Siberian Ginseng: Stress resistance- helps underlying cause of stress. It creates resistance to infectious diseases, helps lessen muscular fatigue and balances hypertension

Maca– Used for 2000 years for medicinal reasons; Enhances strength and endurance; Very Mineral rich; Fertility assistance for males and females; Energy booster;  Great for thyroid and adrenal health and the whole endocrine system. Do not get RAW maca- gelatinized will be better: it extracts the starch and helps you digest it easier.  Raw maca is VERY hard on the digestive system.

Reishi Mushroom– Supports the immune system; Enhances white blood cells production; Helps protect against cancer. Great for cardiovascular health and stress management. Reishi calms and strengthens the nervous system and is mildly adaptogenic.

These are are just some great herbs and adaptogens that can help your body cope with stress.

Have you tried any of them? How has it worked for you? Let me know in the comments! 

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