Top 5 Herbs To Treat Stress
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Top 5 Herbs To Treat Stress

For centuries herbs have been used to treat both physical and emotional health problems. Stress falls under the category of emotional health, but too much stress will harm your physical health as well. The five most common herbs used to treat stress are St. Johns Wart, Chamomile, Licorice Root, Red Clover, and Ginseng.

St. Johns Wart is a tall growing plant which has several small yellow flowers. The leaves are small and deep green. St. Johns Wart has been used for years for treating depression and anxiety. It has a calming, soothing effect. The origin of St. Johns Wart is thought to be Greece. The are records of the herb being used thousands of years ago. St. Johns Wart is commonly used in capsules, or as a tea.

Chamomile is a small plant. The leaves are deep green and look much like small ferns. The flowers a like a daisy, white petals and a yellow center, but are ¼ the size of a daisy. Chamomile grows wild, or can be grown. It has been known to be a plant that will grow stronger if tread on, and for having the scent of apples. Native Americans used this herb for thousands of years as a mild sedative. It has a great calming effect and is almost like a very mild tranquilizer. Chamomile tea is sold at most grocery or herb stores.

Licorice root has been used for at least hundreds of years, in many countries. The root of the of the Licorice plant is dried and ground then made into tea or capsules. This herb helps calm the jitters, and although it is not sedative, it is calming. Licorice root can help your body in other ways too.

Red Clover grows to be about 2 feet tall. It grows wild throughout the USA. The leaves have three petal like parts. The flowers are a beautiful deep shade of red, not to be confused with pink or lavender clover. Red clover has a much deeper color and is herbal whereas the lighter shaded varieties are not as potent. Red clover is also a calming herb, used mainly in teas. Both the leaves and the flowers are dried and ground. Red Clover has other health benefits as well, including relief of menstrual cramps and upset stomach.

Ginseng originated in China, and has been used there for thousands of years. Ginseng is grown primarily in China although some people have successfully grown it in the USA. The root of the plant is used to create capsules or tea. Ginseng is much like Chamomile and has a sedative, almost tranquilizing effect. Ginseng is another of the herbs that benefit both emotional and physical health as it is a regulator, and balancer.

Each of these herbs can and will interact with certain medications. Do not mix any type of herb with antidepressant medications such as Zoloft, Lexipro, Wellbutrin, or Paxil. That is not a complete list. Any mood altering medication will interact with a mood altering herb. Medications that contain decongestants do not mix well with herbs, nor do severe pain relief medicines such as Morphine and those of the Codone family. Avoid drinking alcohol while using herbal products. As the alcohol the two combined could make you very sick.

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