Steering clear from stress is almost impossible in today’s high-pressure society. Before resorting to prescription drugs, you may want to give natural remedies a try.
Natural remedies have been created as a result of historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence. According to The University of New Hampshire Health Services, “Herbal medicine has its roots in every culture around the world, from the Greeks, to the Celts, the Romans to the Arabs, and the Chinese to the Indians.”
Stress can cause anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These natural remedies provide ways to subside the feelings of stress and anxiety without having to visit the doctor’s office.
Medications such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan are fast acting drugs that promote calming effects on those dealing with anxiety. However, these calming effects are temporary and unwanted side effects may occur.
According to Calm Clinic, “the reason herbal medicines are so beneficial is because while you use herbal supplements you can also learn valuable anxiety-coping strategies.”
Natural remedies are inexpensive, safe, easy to find, effective and have fewer side effects than prescription drugs.
Below is a list of natural remedies to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
According to research, Kava may be one of the most effective herbal supplements for stress and anxiety. According to Calm Clinic, “unlike other herbal anxiety supplements, kava is not only effective for anxiety symptoms - it's effective for anxious thoughts as well.” WebMD explains, “kava's calming effect may relieve anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension or spasm.” Take kava as a concentrated extract in capsule or tablet form or hold back your taste buds and attempt the liquid form.
Research has shown that lemon balm has positive effects on relieving stress, anxiety and other mood disorders. According to Fox News, “in one study of healthy volunteers, a daily dose of 600 mgs of lemon balm for a week improved mood, and boosted both calmness and alertness.” Drink lemon balm in tea form, it will give you the feeling of calmness in just minutes.
Green-tea-derived theanine has become a well-known stress reliever. According to Life Extension, “when swallowed, theanine is readily absorbed and easily crosses the “blood-brain barrier,” allowing it to quickly reach brain cells.” Studies suggest theanine has the ability to support brain health, promote calmness and boost cognitive function.
Valerian herbs have been used throughout the world to help treat anxiety and insomnia. It is one of the most well-known remedies and promotes feelings of tranquility and peace. Drink Valerian Root tea or purchase the supplement as a capsule or pill.
Believe it or not, the smell of lavender can promote quick stress and anxiety relief. Mix about 5 drops of lavender oil in your bath or diffuse a few drops of it into the air when you are feeling stressed out. “In a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety—although some students said it made their minds "fuzzy" during the test” (Health).
The health benefits of chamomile are endless. If you are feeling jittery, this herb will help relax muscles, calm nerves, reduce anxiety and help with insomnia. It also improves digestion and decreases headaches. The most popular way to consume chamomile is in tea form.
30 minutes of exercise a day can have huge effects on your mental health. It will help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Next time you feel stressed, hop on a cardio machine for 30 minutes, when your workout is complete you will feel calm and at ease.