Showing posts with label stress herbs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stress herbs. Show all posts

Apr 17, 2014

Easy Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally

Stress is a state of mind in which we feel we are overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us. When the stresses undermine both our mental and physical health they are bad. Different people could feel stress under different situations. Moreover there could me many factors that can lead to stress. Factors such as increasing life demands, problems associated with work, money and relationships. The way we respond to a challenge may also be a type of stress. When faced with a challenge or a threat, our body activates resources to protect us - to either get away as fast as we can, or fight.

When we are stressed the following happens:
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Digestive system slows down
  • Heart rate (pulse) rises
  • Immune system goes down
  • Muscles become tense
  • We do not sleep (heightened state of alertness)
Most of us have varying interpretations of what stress is about and what matters. How we respond to stress affects our health. If we feel that the required resources needed to effectively deal with a situation are beyond our effort, we say that that situation is stressful - and we react with a classical stress response. On the other hand, if we decide our available resources and skills are more than enough to deal with a situation, it is not seen as stressful to us. We need to learn to cope up with stress. In life we will feel various challenges at different levels, some would be in our possibility reach and we would be able to cope up with that easily and some which we would feel is beyond our efforts, we need to learn to accept that as our limitation and should accept the situation till with time that settles down. Now that's not easy. We need to learn that art.

The art of coping with stress would require meditation as a lifestyle change. With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.

On a physical level, meditation:
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
  • Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • Improves the immune system
  • Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Meditation offers innumerable benefits for our body, mind and spirit. It prevents stress from getting into the system and releases accumulated stress that is in the system. Both of these happen simultaneously, leaving one refreshed and joyful.

To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!

Other Things that You can Do to Relieve Stress
  1. Do exercise everyday!Exercise works much in a same way as meditation do. Whether it is yoga, running, or tai chi it gives you alone time with your-self and your thought. Exercise releases the hormone endorphins into the brain that makes you feel good and improve your mood. Exercise also prevents obesity and other problems related to them and makes you feel energetic and active through out the day.
  2. Eat healthy!
  3. It is proven that bad eating habits like eating junk food can make you depressed, so involve in healthy eating. Healthy foods give you energy for day to day activity and also helps to improve your mood. Many stress buster foods are present that includes all types of berries, almonds and salmon.

    Avoid that extra cup of coffee. Too much coffee can make you feel nervous and anxious. But some studies have shown that some coffee in day time offers health benefits and improves your mood.

  4. Include B Vitamins in your Diet
  5. Vitamin B promotes the brain health, and promotes functioning of the mind and nervous system. And induce the relaxation and it fights fatigue. Vitamin B deficiency can cause depression, lack of interest, and irritation, to get rid of these symptoms, increase the foods that are rich in vitamin B. Food that are rich in vitamin B are germ, bran of cereal grains, beans, eggs, nuts, dairy products and liver.

  6. Self-massage (abhyanga)As per Ayurveda self massage improves all of the sense organs, and remarkably, improves eyesight. It also helps to boost our immune system, makes us feel whole again and nourish our body and soul simultaneously.

    How to give yourself a Self-MassageSet aside some quiet time for your massage. 5-15 minutes is enough time to massage the oil on your body (preferably before you shower)– though if you have no time, rub the oil on your skin (instead of soap) in the shower. Do this daily.

    The room should be warm. Use sesame oil for Vatas, sunflower or coconut oil for Pittas and olive or mustard oils for Kaphas.
    • Undress completely and stand on your towel or mat.
    • Starting with a small amount of oil in your hands begin to gently rub the oil into your scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair with your fingertips. If you would prefer to keep the oil out of your hair simply omit the use of oil for this part of the massage.
    • Vigorously work down your body until the oil has been massaged into every part of your body. Use long strokes on your limbs and circular strokes over all your joints, chest and abdomen. Cover every inch of skin, attuning to your bodily tissues with your hands. Spend extra time on areas that are less integrated (for some this is thighs, buttocks, breasts).
    • Take ample time to massage the soles of your feet as this can have a particularly relaxing and soothing affect.Rinse off the oil in the shower. Take time in the shower to allow the oil on your hands to mix with the water from the shower to massage your face and ears. Use gentle circular strokes to massage your cheeks and forehead, move out towards the ears in stroking motions around the eyes and lips. Soap is drying to the skin, including to the anus; try switching to oil instead.
  7. Organize your life
    Try to organize your life as it offers some control and peace of mind. If you are having a very busy lifestyle and you are not getting any time for important to do list. Prioritize your activities for the day. Maintain a diary or a task calendar in your mobile of all the important things and then see what you can discard off and what you need to do. This list of priority makes your life much easier and make you free from the stress. This list also gives you also an insight to what all is not very important which you were carrying as load on your mind.
  8. Limit Internet and cellphone use
    A lot of internet and cellphones use are one of the many causes of the stress now days. By limiting use of the internet and switching off the mobile, we can limit and close some of the stress channel. It also makes us live in the moment fully and appreciate it. It is important to switch off the use of the internet/mobile half an hour before sleeping; it will cut down on the sleep problems. Moreover you would spend some quality time with your loved ones which would help you sleep better.
  9. Sleep
    Sleep is the most important natural stress buster. Too little sleep leaves us cranky, irritable and on edge. Too much sleep can leave us sluggish and depressed. Try to find the right balance that allows you to feel well-rested and ready for the day. Promote better sleep by establishing bedtime rituals that signal to your brain that it’s time to fall asleep, avoid exercise in the three hours before sleep or take a warm bath. Certain foods can also promote sleep, such as bananas, peanuts, figs or a warm glass of milk. These foods all contain tryptophans, a precursor for creating melatonin. However, avoid having a large meal close to bedtime, because it may result in indigestion, reflux or heartburn.

    For a better sleep, drink warm glass of milk, switch off your mobile phones, relax with your family, talk for sometime with them, then do some meditation and then go off to sleep.
  10. Take Stress Herbs if you wantTaking herbs for stress relief is one of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest ways to help your body and your mind in the fight against stress.

    Learn about the stress herbs that have proven effective at reducing stress and anxiety.


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Feb 17, 2012

Natural Herbal Supplements for Stress

Stress is the disruption of our mental and physical balance through physical or psychological stimuli. Stressful stimuli can be mental, physiological, anatomical or physical reactions. There are a number of natural supplements that could help reduce stress. Some of these include kava, an herb from the South Pacific; and Passion Flower, a gentle herb that helps you relax. Some people prefer an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. Taking half a capsule of ashwagandha is one option. For those who have trouble relaxing at night and falling asleep, the occasional use of Good-Night-Rx is quite helpful. See also the benefits of stress herbs and how they help you to balance and live healthy life.

And last but not least, a good yoga or meditation session may work better than anything else. Take some time to watch spring blooming outside your window and meditate on all that you have to be thankful for. Maybe you won’t need the stress herbs after all.

Stress Herbs: Herbs that Reduce Stress & Anxiety


Taking herbs for stress relief is one of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest ways to help your body and your mind in the fight against stress.

You can eat the herbs with your food, dried, fresh, in teas, stews, on pizzas, in salads, soups, curries and stir fries every day. There are also herbal supplements you can take in pill form available in the market.

Probably the nicest and most de-stressing way to get your anti-stress herbs is to grow them in a pot or in your garden. Then you also have a real connection with nature.

Here are herbs that have to be proven effective at reducing stress and anxiety:
Red Clover - Trifolium Pratense
Red clover contains strong concentrations of natural plant estrogen called phytoestrogens. This is a hormone that occurs both in men and women, and recent studies have begun to suggest that additional estrogen can alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia, which are not all that different from the symptoms experienced under very high stress.

Red clover also reduces cholesterol, acts on the arteries and the blood, and does lots of other good things for people who suffer from stress and could be considered candidates for a future heart attack.

Licorice Root
It contains a natural hormone alternative to cortisone, which can help the body handle stressful situations, and can help to normalize blood sugar levels as well as your adrenal glands, providing you with the energy necessary to deal with the stressful situation at hand. Some claim licorice stimulates cranial and cerebrospinal fluid, thereby calming the mind.
As a soothing tonic, drink it warm as in a tea.

Chamomile - Matricaria Chamomilla
The ancient Egyptians dedicated the chamomile herb to the sun because it cured so many things, including fever, aging, and the problems associated with overindulging in rich foods, drugs, and alcohol. In the middle ages, chamomile was the preferred remedy to stave off delirium tremens and to cure children of nightmares.

A lot of stress problems these days also have components of overindulgence and taking in too many substances of one kind, or the other - and we pay the price in physical stress on the body. The kind of long term stress that modern people experience is clearly a form of overheating the circuitry, so chamomile comes in handy there too. Proven to have a relaxing and restorative effect, a good all round anti-stress herbal remedy.

Passion flower
It is considered a mild sedative and can help promote sleep. Passion flower also treats anxiety, insomnia, depression and nervousness.

The parts of the passion flower plant that grow above the ground can be dried and steeped for tea. Otherwise, passion flower is available as a tincture, capsule and even as a juice.

Tarragon - Artemisia Dracunculus
With its name from the Arabic word "tarkhun", which means "little dragon", Tarragon is a fine herbal friend against stress. Amongst its many good qualities is pain relief, which leads to relaxation and feeling more peaceful without being tranquilized.

Tarragon promotes calmness, balance in appetite and it also contains minerals which can be in short supply in a modern industrial diet.

This herbal remedy has been used for thousands of years for calming hyperactive children - which makes it a very good herb for stress relief.

Kava Kava
A herb from the South Pacific, is a powerful muscle relaxer and analgesic. Kava Kava is also effective at treating depression and anxiety associated with menopause.

Kava Kava is very easily found as a capsule in the supplement section of any grocery store.

Dill - Anethum Graveolens
Does your stomach flip when you're stressed? One of the bad side effects of having too much adrenaline for too long in our systems is that our digestive system shuts down and starts working erratically. This is why highly stressed people get stomach ulcers.

Dill has been used since ancient times to soothe upset stomachs, relax the stomach, relieve digestion cramps so if you carry your stress in your stomach, Dill is the first choice of herb to help with stress.

The name dill is derived from the Saxon verb dilla, to lull, because of its tranquillizing properties, and its causing children to sleep. Perfect!

St. John’s Wort-Hypericum Formosum
It has been used medicinally since Hippocrates time. Even during the Renaissance and Victorian periods it was used for the treatment of mental disorders. Though it presents itself as an unassuming, flowering perennial, St. John’s Wort was shown to be more effective than Prozac, according to a recent study, in treating major depressive disorders.

St. John’s Wort is most often taken as a capsule or tablet. It is often combined with valerian root when insomnia or restlessness are accompanying symptoms.

Rosemary - Rosmarini Officinalis
Greek scholars used to wear rosemary in their hair to help them think clearly and study well - Rosemary has many beneficial effects on the mind, and the body.

As an anti-stress herb, Rosemary relaxes the muscles in the body and that's one of the most important things in the fight against stress which is always associated with tension. With more relaxation in the muscles, you get better blood flow into the brain and eyes as well, so that's where the mental clarity comes in as well.

Apart from all of that, Rosemary is stuffed with minerals and vitamins, and cheaply available everywhere, so if you can only afford one herb against stress, this might be it for you.

Lavender
This is the workhorse of herbs. It is effective at reducing irritability and anxiety, promoting relaxation, a sense of calm and sleep. It is also a powerful anti-bacterial agent, and can work to balance hormones and stimulate the immune system. All of that from one little herb.

While lavender can be consumed in a tea, it may work best as an essential oil that is breathed in by way of a diffuser or, in the case of stress and sleeplessness, an eye pillow.

Sage - Salvia Officinalis
This herb got its name from the Latin "salvare" - which means to save. Sage is a classic example of why herbs can score over man-made cocktails of chemicals, because as time goes by, research is discovering more and more benefits of this seemingly simple herb, which the ancients knew about all along.

Sage has been scientifically proven to enhance memory and clear the mind; it is also a powerful antioxidant, and many other things besides.

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