Herbs that Help Reduce Stress Levels

When things seem to be tougher than usual, stress can build up and make you feel even worse. Stress is caused by a molecule called cortisol, and this molecule is responsible for lowering the immune system when too much is present.

The best thing we can do is figure out ways to lower the probability of taking on too much stress.

Stress is sometimes unavoidable, and that’s a part of life. So what can you do to reduce that stress in a natural way? Well there are various herbs and plants that can help you destress and benefit from their amazing properties at the same time.

Chamomile

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This flower is a favorite for many people because of its amazing stress relieving properties. Chamomile herbal tea, essential oil, or extract has properties that help increase your quality of sleep. Too much stress can severely affect your quality of sleep, which can then affect your cognition and decision making.

Eucalyptus

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Eucalyptus is revered as a powerful mucus decongestant, but it also relieves stress, especially when it is used in a hot steam. This leaf has an important molecule, called eucalyptol, which has been found to reduce anxiety. Anxiety is the body’s reaction to too much stress.

Peppermint

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The cooling sensation in peppermint is responsible for relaxing muscles and relieving headaches. Stress can build up because of these symptoms, so peppermint is a great herb to use for relaxing your nervous system. Peppermint can be used as an essential oil (aromatherapy), herbal tea, or as an extract.

Relieving your stress will help you strengthen your immune system and help you protect yourself from developing too much anxiety. Make a nice tea or massage your shoulders with diluted essential oils. Just remember that prevention is key!

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References

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