The term ‘stress’ refers to the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change. There are many life demands that can cause stress, especially work, relationships and money problems. Traumatic life events also lead to stress.
Common physical effects are headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, frequent urination, upset stomach and difficulty sleeping.
It also has a direct effect on your mood and behavior, leading to symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, irritability, unnecessary anger, sadness, depression and social withdrawal.
Your body is designed to handle brief periods of stress from time to time. But too much isn’t good for body or soul.
Take control of your stress naturally with these tips:
Chamomile has wonderful calming and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used in the treatment of insomnia and nervous complaints. Chamomile has a mild sedative action helping to promote a sense of calmness, which eases anxiety, along with inducing restful sleep. It is also useful for treating digestive problems associated with anxiety including nervous dyspepsia, IBS, diarrhea, constipation and nausea.
– My favorite way of to have chamomile is as a tea, made with 1-2 tsp of the dried herb steeped in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink in the evening after dinner.
Holy basil is another cherished Ayurvedic herb that works as a natural anti-stress agent. Being an adaptogenic herb, it enhances the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Plus, it helps the body function properly during times of stress.
– Chew 10 to 12 fresh holy basil leaves twice daily. You can even drink a cup of basil tea to reduce stress. To make the tea, put 1 tablespoon of fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain, add some raw honey and sip the tea slowly.
Lemon Balm Tea:
Lemon Balm is a calming herb that belongs to the mint family. No wonder it has a natural mint flavor with a slight taste of lemon. It reduces the stress hormone called cortisol and relaxes the body without causing drowsiness. It also helps to elevate the mood.
– For each cup of boiling water, add 1 tablespoon, if you’re using dried lemon balm leaves or 2 table spoons of fresh lemon balm leaves. Strain before drinking.