While stress can be a great motivator, a long lasting state of stress can be harmful to the body. Each body has a different way to express an overload of stress. Weight gain, weight loss, water retention, migraines, anxiety attacks, fatigue, insomnia, and developing food sensitivities, allergies, or skin rashes are only a few examples of the potential side effects of stress. In general, stress will start affecting the Achilles Heel of the body. For example, if your digestive system is weak to begin with, this is the first place to suffer from stress. To maintain your well-being, it is important to address stress, or any physical ailment, as soon as you start noticing the symptoms. Ignoring a problem, treating the symptoms instead of the main cause, or forcing the body to behave in a business-as-usual way will only aggravate the situation. I’ve been there, tried that – it doesn’t work.
Last month I wrote here about 3 Easy Techniques to Deal with Stress. In this post I would like to share with you 3 herbs that help the body to cope with stress and anxiety. Please keep in mind that each body is different. Some herbs that work for other people with similar ailments may or may not work for you. It is really important to pay attention to the signals from your body, and not to blindly follow recommendations from others (even if it is from me). You can also try muscle-testing to identify which herbs, and how much of them, may be good for you.
The following three herbs can be found in different forms: tea, capsules, and tinctures. Use the form that will be the easiest for you to consume.
1. Passionflower, also known as Passiflora (there is also a fruit by the same name) has a calming effect on the body and the nervous system. It also helps to induce sleep, however it does not cause drowsiness and is safe to take during the day.
2. Ashwagandha, also known as Ayurvedic Ginseng, is used in traditional Indian medicine to support the body during stressful times and to treat insomnia and anxiety.
3. Rhodiola, also known as Siberian Golden Root, was discovered by the Greeks and used by the Vikings to increase stamina and mental capacity and to reduce environmental stress. It’s a good replacement for coffee, when you need to perform at high levels of energy and mental clarity but don’t want to exhaust your adrenal glands.
Do you have a favorite herb to recommend for treating stress? Please share it in the comments below.