7 healing herbs to help with stress and to restore your body naturally

By February 3, 2017 April 30th, 2019 Nutrition, Tools

You”ll rarely meet a person today who is not stressed or constantly tired; some people just accept it as a part of life that can’t be avoided and just deal with it. It is impossible to eliminate stress completely, that’s for sure! But there are low-cost and effective herbs that can be used to reduce the negative impact of stress and lower the stress hormone Cortisol. Some of these herbs were used by cosmonauts, athletes and military personnel.

“It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological system in your body, including your thyroid and adrenal glands. It can make you anxious and irritable, lead to weight gain and bone loss, contribute to diabetes and heart disease risk, and deplete your energy levels.” says Dr. Axe.

According to Dr. Axe, these top 7 adaptogen herbs can lower cortisol levels and help you balance and restore your body naturally by boosting immunity, increasing energy, relieving anxiety, and restoring normal pattern of eating and sleeping after stress.

A job as an interpreter can be quite stressful, but mother nature has a lot to offer us to help deal with stress. Even if you don’t have those exact herbs, you can always use chamomile tea or mint.  If you have mint growing in your garden or in a pot at home, just grab a little, throw it in a cup with hot water and let it steep for a couple of minutes….

Enjoy and relax…

“7 Adaptogen Herbs to Lower Cortisol.” Dr. Axe. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://draxe.com/7-adaptogen-herbs-to-lower-cortisol/>.

Additional Resources:

From: Shannon Wongvibulsin. “Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less: Stress-Reducing Foods, Herbal Supplements, and Teas.” Explore IM. UCLA Center East-West Medicine, n.d. Web.

CHAMOMILE — Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with a bright futureMolecular Medicine Reports.According to a 2010 review article on the healing properties of chamomile, this herb is “commonly used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids.” Its use consists of a broad expanse ranging from its ability to reduce stress-induced increases in plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels to its ability to alleviate anxiety and induce sedation (calming effects).

PEPPERMINT — A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.)Phytotherapy Research.A 2006 review in Phytotherapy Researchhighlighted peppermint oil’s relaxation promoting properties on gastrointestinal (GI) tissue and its analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system. Nevertheless, further research still needs to be completed with clinical trails of peppermint tea. While there is currently no reported negative effects of drinking peppermint tea, patients with GI reflux, hiatal hernia, or kidney stones should practice caution when using peppermint oil therapy.