Natural Solutions for Stress
We humans need a certain amount of stimulation to get us out of bed in the morning. Motivating stimulus is fine but, as with most things, there is a point beyond which something healthy and positive becomes negative.
Too much unrelenting stimulus, and things tend to deteriorate into stress. Long term stress causes many symptoms of ill health.
High blood pressure, headaches, neck aches, muscle tension and pain, cramps, dizziness, asthma, digestive symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating, nausea, IBS, lack of appetite, over-eating, ulcers, cravings, crying easily, tiredness, sexual problems, poor immune function, emotional instability, low mood or depression.
Nature provides many herbs to relax and revitalise the nervous system. They benefit from having no addictive qualities or unwanted side effects, working gently with your body to restore balance. They continue to work no matter how long you use them.
Taking these herbs in a liquid form really increases their effect when you are stressed, as they go straight into your system without your digestion doing any work.
Avena sativa (oats)
Oats, full of vitamin B and calming constituents, gently reduce physical and emotional pressure, while nourishing the nervous system. Avena sativa’s effects build up gradually and it can be taken long term. It is ideal for situations such as exams, where the stress is on-going. It also works with hyperactive or over-stressed children.
Combining Avena sativa with Passiflora can give a slightly stronger effect, relaxing muscle tension and relieving anxiety. It has a calming effect if you constantly feel nervy and wound-up. It also helps to improve sleep quality and can be taken short or long term, alongside other medication.
If you are taking tranquillisers, sedatives or antidepressants, it is not sensible to take herbs that have similar effects as well. If you feel your medication isn’t working, go back to your doctor to discuss changing or coming off it, and try herbal remedies instead.
For faster, more targeted action, use Valerian. It reduces muscle spasm and has an impressively sedating effect on mind and body. Perfect for short term stress requiring a fast acting remedy with no side effects. Don’t take Valerian alongside other sedative medication.
Hypericum has a positive effect on mild depression and low mood. Combined with Hops and Lemon Balm it also tackles the underlying anxiety that can trigger changes in mood .
Hypericum is not suitable to be taken with other medication.
Several Flower Essences can help with stress. They work by balancing the emotions and take effect almost immediately with no contraindications or side effects. They are ideal for children. Choose from:
Relaxation Essence for those stressed and anxious
Mood Essence for those depressed and low
Vitality Essence for those fatigued and unmotivated.
These remedies can be taken alongside herbal remedies.