Our fast paced lifestyles and hectic work schedules can take a toll on our mental well being. Everyday we try to meet deadlines at work, face heavy traffic on our way homes and try and pull ourselves together for the next day. These daily stressful habits can lead to chronic stress. Chronic stress and anxiety can lead to heart diseases, high blood pressure and other lifestyle diseases. So, it is important to combat stress before it harms your health. Here are some herbs that can help you relax in a natural way:
1 . Ashwagandha
Also known as winter cherry, the roots of ashwagandha contain flavonoids and many active ingredients that help fight stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha improves sleep by relaxing the nerves. It also reduces inflammation and is rich in anti-oxidants. It is available in the form of dried herbs or capsules. About 1-2 capsules per day equivalent to 10 grams should see you through the worst days.
2 . Chamomile
This herb has been used for centuries for its calming and stress relieving properties. It has mild sedative effect and can help people with disturbed sleep. It is available as tea as well as supplements. It is best to have it post dinner to ease your mind and calm your nerves.
3 . Lavender
Lavender is known to reduce irritability and anxiety, promote a sense of relaxation and induce sleep.You can have lavender in the form of tea during daytime. Or else use it as an essential oil. Add a few drops to your diffuser at bedtime or spray one puff to your pillow and let your senses calm while you enjoy a sound sleep.
4 . Tulsi
This plant is as versatile as it gets. It has been in use for over 5000 years in India. Have 10-12 raw tulsi leaves in the morning. It relieves stress, is good for the heart, lowers blood sugar levels and spikes energy. The best part is that the plant is present in every Indian household.You can also add a few leaves to your daily cuppa.
5 . Elaichi
Elaichi or cardamom is a spice that strikes as being distinctly Indian. It is anti-oxidant rich and relieves stress and anxiety, is great for the brain and is known to improve blood circulation. Chewing on raw ones fills the mouth with a fresh feeling that is long-lasting. Its use in preparing curries and spiced tea is prevalent. Limit consumption to a maximum of two pods a day as elaichi is known to raise body temperature.
So, go ahead and give these herbs a try and get through the week in a healthy and stress free way. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!