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7 Herbs for Stress Relief

Many of us are juggling just a little too much, feeling on edge just a little too often. It might feel manageable, but over time stress grows and its deleterious effects progress. The decision to go on prescription medication is a personal choice, and no one that isn't you can say if it's right or not. If you've decided you want to take an alternate route to calming your nerves and smoothing the edges of life, check out these 7 veritable "chill pill" herbs, over at BeforeItsNews:

1. Chamomile

 

This amazing herb, related to ragweed, can be brewed in a tea or taken as a supplement, and it has been used for centuries to ease the mind and calm frazzled nerves. It has a mildly-sedating quality, and is often used for those having difficulty sleeping due to stress. In an eight-week study of 57 patients with anxiety disorders, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School reported that pharmaceutical-grade chamomile extracts 220mg daily) led to modest improvements compared with placebos.

 

2. Ashwagandha

 

Used for thousands of years to soothe the agitated mind, Ashwaganhda comes from Ayurvedic wisdom. Also known as winter cherry, Ashwagandha’s roots contain flavonoids and many active ingredients of the withanolide class. It is an adaptogen, which means it helps us ‘adapt’ to our environments, and that includes the stressful ones.

 

3. Passionflower

 

Not only is this herbal remedy beautiful, it is also known for helping those with high levels of anxiety to sleep better, and is even known as an aphrodisiac in ancient Polynesian cultures. Its effects are mildly-sedative, but lesser so than Valerian.

 

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