What are the best anti-stress plants?
Stress, anxiety, irritability and nervousness are ailments that affect the daily and professional lives of many people. They can have a long-term effect on physical health, as the immune system weakens and the body becomes more vulnerable to infections and disease.
Stress affects adults regardless of their age, but also children. The physical symptoms frequently experienced are migraines, nervous sleep and eating disorders, dizziness, nausea, muscle spasms and even unusual fatigue.
To deal with these conditions, there are natural solutions based on relaxing and adaptogenic plants, avoiding the use of chemical medications (antidepressants, anxiolytics, psychotropic drugs, etc.) likely to cause harmful effects on health. This is what we call phytotherapy, which is a natural medicine based on the use of medicinal plants.
Choosing to treat yourself naturally brings many benefits to relax the body, modulate anxiety and thus improve the body's resistance to stress.
A plant is easy to find (in the form of herbal tea/infusion for example) and does not require a medical prescription.
Some individuals concerned about their health, fans of natural and organic products, prefer to treat their ailments using plants rather than modern medication.
You should know that the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes herbal medicine as conventional medicine.
Here are the best effective anti-stress plants to use in your daily life:
- Nicknamed “the golden root”, rhodiola is one of the most used plants in herbal medicine. Very effective, it has virtues to fight against stress and anxiety, in particular thanks to its antioxidants which protect the nervous system and help to relax. Described as an “ adaptogen ”, this plant is a real natural remedy for people wishing to find serenity following physical or mental overwork.
- Hawthorn is also a plant composed of soothing active ingredients, belonging to the Rosaceae family. Its flavonoids and procyanidins help reduce nervousness and its associated physical manifestations (muscle tension, heart palpitations, mild sleep disorders, etc.).
- Passionflower , meaning “the flower embodying passion” in Latin, is a plant that helps soothe the body and mind, counteract agitation and calm the nerves. It also has effects known to relieve anxiety, reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, improve the quality of sleep and promote relaxation. In addition, it has the advantage of not causing addiction.
Like passionflower, valerian and lemon balm are anti-stress plants that help you fall asleep quickly.
- Recommended to combat mood disorders and temporary depression, St. John's wort is a plant with many benefits acting as a natural anti-depressant. It contains hypericin, hyperforin and flavonoids to act on neurotransmitters in the brain to regulate mood, attention and emotions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized that St. John's Wort can treat anxiety and mild to moderate depression.
Other plants such as ginseng have virtues in regulating the immune response and hormonal changes due to stress, and preventing physiological diseases.
Bach flowers also have interesting properties for dealing with temporary stress as well as chronic stress. There are seven of them and have the advantage of presenting no risk of overdose.
Among these flowers, there are agrimony , wild apple tree and oak which have an effect on emotionality. Verbena and chestnut promote decompression and tranquility. Finally, Scots pine helps relieve guilt, and impatient treats irritability.
Hemp also contains a molecule providing valuable help in stress management: CBD . Increasingly consumed, cannabidiol is now favored by many people around the world.
On the other hand, using an essential oil (lavender, chamomile or marjoram) is an effective action to soothe the nervous system and thus fight against stress and anxiety.
Natural food supplements to combat stress and facilitate relaxation
To effectively combat nervousness and its consequences, there are natural and organic plant-based food supplements in the form of capsules, capsules or gummies. They are a valuable asset for the body and do not cause side effects. Their benefits allow you to maintain or improve your health for better daily well-being.
“No Stress” gummies from the Délicure brand, composed of calming plants (gaba, holy basil, rhodiola, saffron) and vitamin B6, have the particularity of relieving anxiety disorders.
They act as a natural stress reliever and promote mental and physical well-being. When faced with a stressful situation, simply chew two gummies with a delicious peach flavor.
Délicure also offers a range called “Sleep” composed of certain plants (lime blossom, passion flower, poppy), vitamins B5 and B6 as well as melatonin. To fall asleep more easily and help the body relax, it is recommended to take two apple-flavored gummies about thirty minutes before falling asleep.
Plant therapy is affordable for everyone and represents an alternative solution to chemical medications. To choose the plant suited to your needs (stress, irritability, sleep, etc.) and know how to make the most of its benefits, you must take the time to learn about herbal medicine.
In addition to these products, it is obviously important to have a healthy and balanced diet, drink enough water, do regular sporting activity and take care of your sleep (sleep a sufficient number of hours). It is necessary to consult your doctor's advice if stress and anxiety become uncontrollable.
There are tips available to everyone to manage stress, live more peacefully and regain control of yourself, such as meditation, practicing deep breathing techniques or even learning to manage your emotions by maintaining a “positive attitude”.