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These 7 stress-relief herbs will also work against your anxiety

Published on:19 April 2021, 14:37pm IST
Did you know your favourite stress-relief herbs can also help you deal with anxiety? Read on to know more.
Aayushi Gupta
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Combat stress and anxiety with these flavourful herbs. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Stress and anxiety have become an inherent part of our lives today. Being constantly tense can affect your quality of life in so many ways. There are several ways to deal with these mental health issues, but have you ever tried herbal remedies? 

Yes, you heard it right. Some of your favourite herbs can offer a range of health benefits, including healing your stress and anxiety levels. It can also help to tackle  other stress-related issues like insomnia, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and gastrointestinal problems.

Here are seven stress-relief healing herbs you need to know about: 

1. Lavender

Lavender is a herb, which is much-loved for its pleasant aroma and tantalising flavour. But did you know it also offers significant benefits to reduce anxiety and depression? It has traditionally been used to provide relaxation, and helps to mitigate anxiety as well as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Lavender is most frequently used as an essential oil for aromatherapy. It helps to reduce the level of cortisol in the body, which further controls symptoms of anxiety. You can also use lavender leaves to make an aromatic and soothing cup of tea. 

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Improve your mood with lavender. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera)

This Ayurvedic herb has earned a credible reputation for many reasons. It is considered one of the most popular anti-anxiety herbs that can also reduce depression. This multi-functional herb is packed with properties to beat stress, anxiety, fatigue and has anti-inflammatory compounds. It can also help you deal with your mood swings, thereby  boosting your mental focus and concentration. What’s more, it also promotes sound sleep, and combats the symptoms of insomnia.

3. Passionflower (passiflora incarnata)

A well-known herb, passionflower helps to relieve depression and anxiety, and also provides relief from issues like nervousness and insomnia. It is also recommended to combat anxiety and promote relaxation. Some experts also deem it useful for patients going through menopausal symptoms and hot flashes.

4. Holy basil (tulsi)

Tulsi is rich in antioxidants, which makes it the perfect herb to mitigate stress, as well as anxiety and depression. It is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for generations to lower stress levels and bring cortisol levels back on track. It can also be used to deal with health issues, including diabetes, headaches, fever, an upset stomach, and more. 

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This herb can benefit you in multiple ways. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Chamomile (matricaria recutita)

Chamomile is a herb that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to combat anxiety and nervousness. You can enjoy it in the form of tea (the most common way to consume), capsules, or extracts. Chamomile contains phenolics such as flavonoids, quinones, phenolics acids, and antioxidant compounds, which are helpful to reduce stress. You can also use it to relieve menstrual cramps, ease tension and promote relaxation.

6. Valerian root (valeriana officinalis)

Valeriana is commonly used to tackle symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. It can sometimes cause headaches or dizziness, so keep in mind to consume it in moderation. A plant native to Europe and Asia, it can be included in your diet for its analgesic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and sedative properties that help to relieve stress and anxiety.

7. Brahmi

Brahmi is beneficial to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. It’s one of the most popular anti-anxiety herbs that is also known to boost memory. It promotes relaxation in your body and helps to uplift your mood. What’s more, it can help you deal with anxiety, mood, and irregular sleep patterns by improving your condition. 

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.