We never tire of repeating that chronic stress is the disease of the century: more and more people suffer from it as a result of the hectic daily routine.
Family worries, work, financial problems, a busy schedule, eating something on the fly, sleeping badly, always being hyper-connected, all of this causes stress. Worst of all, it can become chronic. Here’s how to fight stress without resorting to drugs.
Medicinal plants are a great help when we want to reduce the symptoms and effects of chronic stress. They have the effect of calming us when things don’t go as we hoped and they help restore balance to our life. The first thing to do, however, is to start worrying more about your health rather than about work.
Chronic stress on the agenda
We started talking about “stress” several years ago because many people were already suffering from it. The number of cases has continued to grow and, currently, we can say that a good percentage of the population has suffered at least one episode of stress.
The problem does not end there: in addition to seeing the number of cases increase, doctors have begun to notice that the symptoms of stress are becoming more and more serious. Stress sickness was divided into two large groups: “acute” stress and “chronic” stress.
In both cases, the consequences for the organism can be very deleterious. The difference between the two types lies in the duration of the stress, in the intensity and difficulty in countering it.
One of the most important consequences of stress is the weakening of the immune system which becomes more vulnerable to all kinds of diseases, including the typical cold. Furthermore, people who suffer from a very high level of stress have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack. Stress also causes:
- Muscle aches (especially in the neck)
- Visual disturbances
How to cure chronic stress naturally?
Fortunately, plants can help us relieve many aches and diseases. In case you feel nervous or anxious and feel like you are under stress, these herbs can help you:
There are many properties of this humble plant that grows almost everywhere. It has been used for centuries to treat :
- Gastric disturbances
- Premature aging
As for its action against stress, it has the effect of relaxing and increasing the feeling of well-being. Drink 2 cups of chamomile tea a day (preferably with flowers and organic, otherwise in a traditional sachet) and you will see the results.
This plant can be very useful when, due to stress, we experience muscle pain, especially in the neck, shoulder or back area.
In addition, the tarragon helps to rebalance the appetite (those under stress eat more and badly) and gives a sense of tranquility. For example, it can be indicated for students before taking an exam.
It is a shrub with an unmistakable flavor that gives an exquisite scent to meat, sauces, bread. The Greeks used it to adorn their hair and thought that worn close to the brain would help to think more clearly. Here are some of its properties:
- Relax your muscles
- It improves the blood supply to the brain
- Fights stress
The rosemary is rich in minerals and vitamins. It’s easy to find and versatile in the kitchen.
Since ancient times, sage has been used to treat various diseases. Recent studies indicate that it is very suitable for those suffering from stress. It is a plant:
Helps to clear the mind and maintain emotional balance. Of course, it helps with stressful episodes.
St. John’s wort
Also known as St. John’s wort, one of its main properties is to help fight depression, which can also be caused by stress. The active ingredients of St. John’s wort are used to:
- Regulate stress-related hormones
- Stimulate the production of hormones that promote the feeling of satiety
- Relax your body and mind
If you suffer from stomach problems such as acidity or indigestion due to stress, take advantage of the virtues of dill. It is also recommended as a support in case of more serious gastritis. For centuries this plant has been known for its ability to relax the stomach and relieve abdominal cramps.
How to take these herbs?
The best way is to make an infusion.
- 1 tablespoon of medicinal herb
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- Boil the water in a saucepan.
- Pour in a tablespoon of the medicinal herb of your choice.
- Turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes with the lid on.
The medicinal properties of these plants can also be exploited in bath water. The method of preparation is the same, but instead of drinking the infusion, pour it into the bath. Enjoy the relaxing effect.