Herbs that would Help you Deal with Excess Stress
This era has seen problems related to stress, anxiety, hypertension, and sleep. These are common issues caused mostly due to psychological reasons accompanied by some external problems. Stress is a psychological ailment. It is differentiated from other diseases by the evocation of pain, anxiety, and sleep problem.
Why are Herbs necessary?
There are no specific medications for treating excess stress. It is better to opt for a natural or herbal treatment. These kinds of treatments do not have any side effects and are quite effective. It is better to figure out ways of dealing with excess stress as early as possible. If you do not take it seriously, it might stem from other major problems.
Some of the herbs are more common in traditional Indian treatment. These are household names. You can get them around you quite easily. The most important part is that they cost much lesser than other medicines and work wonders. Some doctors and health experts suggest stress management through Ayurveda.
- Ashwagandha - Also known as Withania somnifera, is one of the natural remedies for stress and tension. It belongs to a group of herbs named New medicines could not be as effective as ashwagandha in controlling stress. It helps to improve sleep quality. As you know, sleep is important to control stress.
Ashwagandha, methi, and mulethi together form an essential part of any herbal treatment. They act as antioxidants and detoxicate the blood.
In a 2019 study, 60 participants with stress disorder received 250mg of ashwagandha for two months continuously. The results showed some improvement in controlling the extreme level of stress. It does not have any specific taste, so you can have it in tea or as a paste. You can mix it with other herbs and consume it.
Brahmi - is famous for controlling or reducing cortisol. It is an ayurvedic medicine for stress and anxiety. Brahmi helps in regulating hormones that cause stress. It is one of the most important herbs, which help to increase serotonin levels in your body. The chemical serotonin is found in the brain that helps in the relaxation of our mind and body. This is a unique kind of sedative as it clarifies thoughts and clears the mind. It does not create dizziness.
Though bitter, you can mix it with honey and have it as a juice. Such herbs usually lack good taste. What matters is that as one of the herbs for relaxation, it works wonders. But if you were expecting it to have good taste, then you are in for a disappointment.
- Brhingraj - it helps in detoxification of the body and calms the brain. It helps to regulate blood supply and energizes the brain by continuously providing oxygen.
It is taken in the form of tea. You can mix the leaves with other herbs to have it in tea.
- Vacha - the most essential part of this herb is its roots. It eases out stress disorders quite easily. It has a calming effect and is of great use for an anxious mind. Also helps in improving the power of your memory. Thus, it is one of the most used herbs for stress and anxiety.
- Jatamasi - also known as "spikenard" is famous for its anti-stress and anti-fatigue qualities. Its roots are of utmost importance. It is useful in creating a calming effect by clearing blockages and controlling other toxins. This also creates stability in your mind.
- Tulsi - Useful as a herb both in the ayurvedic and scientific field. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety. It enhances the levels of antioxidants and fights free radicals. Tulsi also prevents our body from developing long term disorders related to stress.
You can try Tulsi with ginger. Or, can have it in tea or the leaves with honey.
Several other herbs are available across the world. Some are very helpful.
- Valerian Root - This is native to Europe and Asia. It is one of the most powerful herbal medicines. Since times immemorial, people were impacted by its effects and named it as 'All heal.' It is quite popular because it is commonly available and works well in reducing stress.
Though a superb medicine, it is not tasty or aromatic. You should avoid mixing it in tea or milk because it is bitter. Moreover, it is stinky. But you can have it in the form of a pill or small quantity.
Of course, once you get accustomed to the taste, you can have it in your tea. It is suggested that Valentine root works best when there is consistency in your consumption of the same. For example, if you take it continuously for a few weeks.
- Chamomile - There are two common varieties of chamomile which are usually used as medicinal herbs: German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. A clinical study in 2016 revealed that both can be used to treat patients with stress disorder.
It can be consumed with teas and other extracts. In fact, many consider it as the best tea for stress and depression. Some of you may face some allergic reactions to chamomile. To avoid any such extreme condition, you should consult your doctor.
It has been proved by continuous scientific studies that the consumption of chamomile herbs helps to recover from stress faster.
- Lavender - It is one of the ayurvedic medicine for nerve strength. It also relaxes you. It belongs to the mint family and can be mixed with tea or with oil. Lavender oils are known to mollify the stimuli related to stress and depression. It also falls under aromapathy. There can be obtained two extracts from the herb, namely, linalyl acetate and linalool. Both help reduce stress.
Lavender is like ylang-ylang. It is famous for its aroma. You can have it in tea or apply a few drops to your pillow and bed sheet. Lavender oils are very famous for their calming effects. Lavender is not a sedative or a drug as such but equally effective.
- Galphimia Glauca - another name for this is the G. Glauca herb. It is quite famous as a remedy to stress issues. Studies suggest that a daily dose of 0.175 milligrams of G.Glauca, work effectively in reducing stress disorder. It has been proved how this works positively in regulating blood flow. This calms the nerves to the extent that you forget the cause of your stress.
- Hops - Though bitter, it is beneficial in stimulating palliative effect. This calms the nerves and works just like a sedative. You need to be careful while taking such herbs. When consumed in a limited quantity and under proper guidance, it has no side effects.
- Magnolia Bark - This herb is one of the ayurvedic medicine for stress. It works as a substitute for sedatives or melatonin pills, helpful in reducing stress. Sleep is important to reduce stress.
As a herb, it reduces the cortisol level in the body. The easier you fall asleep, the better it is for your stress management. But do remember that this herb is reactive. It can have side effects if you are under any other type of medication. You should always consult a doctor before consuming this kind of herb.
There are commonly five types of stress
It is very difficult to categorize stress as such because it is very subjective. It can be stress caused due to work pressure or personal life problems, or acute or chronic stress.
- Acute stress - is the most common type of stress. It is a temporary situation caused due to some immediate traumatic experience. If it is some random experience that shall pass soon, then there is less to worry about. But if the trauma haunts you, you should take it seriously and use herbs or consult a doctor. This might return in a few instances and lead to acute stress in an episodic manner. If not treated at the right time or taken seriously, it might lead to a negative outlook and irritate you.
- Chronic stress - when acute stress persists for a long time, it leads to chronic stress. It might turn out to be problematic for you. There might be several other reasons like financial trouble, family problem, etc., leading to chronic stress.
- Physical stress - there may be plenty of reasons for this. Perhaps, due to injury, infection or surgery, labor, environmental pollution, fatigue, hormonal disorder, dehydration, substance abuse,
- Psychological stress is caused due to evocation of emotions like anger, anxiety, jealousy, or tension regarding personal things.
- Psychosocial stress occurs when you face certain problems related to social and societal issues—for example, loss of a job, separation in marriage, criticism by society, etc.
Complications caused due to stress
There are certain health complications caused due to stress. They are as follows.
- Anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Heart problem due to extreme tension
- Nerve problem caused by hypertension
- Fluctuating blood pressure
According to The American Institute of Stress:
- About 33 percent of people report feeling extreme stress
- 77 percent of people experience stress that affects their physical health
- 73 percent of people have stress that impacts their mental health
- 48 percent of people have trouble sleeping because of stress.
According to the Global Organisation for Stress
- Stress is of primary concern among high school students
- 80% of people suffer from stress disorder at work.
Worldwide Impact of Stress
Stress is a significant problem not only in the U.S but in the rest of the world. Stress is a global problem with:
- 91 percent of Australians feeling stressed about one or more important parts of their life
- About 450,000 workers in Britain believing their stress was making them ill
- 86 percent of Chinese workers reporting stress
This global problem of stress disorder can be cured if you take care of yourself. No problem remains a big problem if you treat it the right way and at the right time.