Do you have stress in your life? If left
untreated, stress can be a serious health hazard that affects both
mental and physical wellbeing. Excessive stress robs the body
of nutrients, harms the cardiovascular system, and lowers the
effectiveness of the immune system.
Psychologically, stress can induce depression,
anxiety, anger, fear, and other negative patterns. How well do
you deal with stress? What can you do?
Herbs can reduce or even eliminate some of the
negative effects that stress can cause. Some herbs are the
best treatment for physical ailments, while others work better for
psychological problems. Managing your emotions and mastering
your reactions to stress will be the necessary steps you must take
to "cure" stress, but meanwhile, herbs can definitely help.
For example, if you are under pressure and you feel
your heart racing while your breathing becomes more rapid, you may
feel better quickly with the use of Hawthorne berries and
Linden flowers in capsules or as teas.
If the stress affects your digestive system, try
Chamomile or Peppermint. For tight shoulders, use
Valerian, which will also help with occasional insomnia.
Feverfew and Willow bark will help with tension
headaches and stress-related migraines. If your nervous system
has been stretched to the limit, use Oats. As a food or
in the form of oatstraw tea, oats will nourish the nervous
Herbs that will help the body achieve balance are
said to have adaptogenic properties. For example,
Ginseng can help strengthen the body's systems for handling
stress. The result is that you can train up to handle stress
better next time, while a stimulant only gets you over a hurdle for
the short term.
No amount of medicine is going to make the stress
events different in our lives, but we can usually handle the
physical effects of stress better with the intelligent use of herbal
If these tips don't work well enough to help in your
particular pressure-cooker of a life, do work with an experienced
Naturopathic Physician to get things understood and changed for the
better. Ask if a good Magnesium and Vitamin B supplement would
Modern science is validating our older natural
medicines as being just as effective today, and they usually turn
out to be safer than modern drugs. Head your problems off with
gentle natural medicines before they rob you and your family of a
good quality of life.
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