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.