Herbs for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Many people find significant relief through using herbs for stress. In fact, plants have been used medicinally for centuries.

Today, there are many professionals that are known to treat with herbs in their practice. Some of them include Naturopathic doctors, herbalists, and many times medical doctors and pharmacists. There are also practitioners of alternative medicine systems such as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda that most commonly work with herbs.

There are many different herbs that are used throughout the world that have various uses. Believe it or not, there are also herbs that have antifungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antacid, and antibacterial abilities.

Most Commonly Used Herbs

Some of the most commonly used herbs for stress, anxiety and depression in the United States are:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Valerian
  • Passion Flower
  • Kava Kava
  • Chamomile
  • St Johns Wort
  • Ginseng
  • Damiana
  • Catnip
  • Ashwagandha

Others herbs specifically used for depression may include rosemary, sage, thyme, borage, yohimbine, clove and ginger.

Adaptogenic Herbs

Adaptogenic herbs are well known for their ability to alleviate stress symptoms. Scientific evidence also tells us they have the ability to create and sustain inner balance within our body systems and organs.

They are well known by athletes around the world for their ability to support the body against the wear and tear of physical stress while promoting energy and building stamina.

Adaptogens are known for having these positive effects on the body:

  • Improved Mood
  • Less Anxiety
  • Less Depression
  • Increased Metabolism
  • More Energy
  • Controls Negative Effects of Stress
  • Better Mental Focus
  • Builds Immunity
  • Protects Organs
  • Work as Antioxidants
  • Improve Sleep
  • Improved Muscle Tone & Stamina
  • Promote a Healthy Heart
  • Improve Sexual Function

Adaptogenic herbs are non-toxic. They are also commonly used in medical systems such as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

Some Adaptogenic herbs for stress are:

  • Dang Shen
  • Eleuthero
  • Licorice
  • Holy Basil
  • Ashwagandha
  • Maca
  • Jiagulan
  • Rhodiola
  • Ginseng
  • Reishi Mushroom

Nervine Herbs

Nervine herbs are herbs that are known to calm and support the nervous system. They are most commonly used for stress and anxiety.

  • Black Cohosh
  • Blue Vervain
  • Lemon Balm
  • Damiana
  • Chamomile
  • Catnip
  • Valerian
  • Hops
  • Passion Flower
  • Skullcap
  • Oatstraw
  • Betony
  • Boneset
  • Cramp Bark

Using Herbs for Stress

You may be asking..."What is the best way to use herbs for stress, anxiety and depression?" and the answer to this really is about personal preference.

Some ways people use herbs are:

  • Purchased as a Dietary Supplement
  • Add Dried Herbs to Recipes
  • Herbal Teas
  • Aromatherapy

It is important to note that the best way to purchase herbs are through a reputable company, preferably one that carries organic herbs.

It is also important to follow the recommendations of your herbalist or naturopathic doctors. If purchasing herbs as a dietary supplement, follow the directions on the bottle and always check with your doctor and pharmacist about any possible drug interactions, especially if you are on other medications.

Be smart and educate yourself prior to using herbs for stress!

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