Everyone experiences stress at some time in their life. Whether it's the stress of writing a test, the stress of dealing with a loved one's illness or death, or even joyful stresses like the birth of a child, stress is something that we can't get away from entirely. Short-term stress is just a part of life. But sometimes stress becomes chronic; it lasts a long time and it is intense. In situations like this, stress can cause a lot of problems and it might be hard to know what to do to alleviate the symptoms. Here is a list of ten herbal medicines that can be used to reduce stress. Remember though, to always consult a physician before starting any medication, to see if it's right for you.
Chamomile is a popular herb used to calm the mind and to relax the body. It can be prepared as a tea or taken as a supplement. It can also be used in hand soaps or body lotions, which is great for people who are experiencing skin flare-ups due to stress. Some people do have allergies to this gentle herb, though, so be careful using it internally if you are sensitive to plants in the valerian family.