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5 Calming Herbs And Spices To Fight Stress And Anxiety

by Tatiana Plesco
Fight Stress

The overwhelming feeling of constant irrational dread, excessive fear, and restlessness is “Anxiety and Stress.” Everyone has felt feelings of anxiety at certain times of their lives, and it is perfectly normal to experience this occasional anxiety.

Some people find it difficult to control their feelings of fear and worries. The constant feelings of anxiety with stress hamper their daily lives, which can lead to many serious psychological and physical disorders.

There are lots of options available to conquer anxiety and stress, including medicines, although these medicines have adverse effects. Other options include having a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook for your feelings.

Yet! The Healthcare community is emphasizing on traditional medicines to treat anxiety and depression. Traditional medicines include herbs and spices to treat common ailments–which can also effectively treat symptoms of anxiety.

The use of herbs and spices to treat common ailments has been noted in history for thousands of years. It is only inevitable that they can surely help to calm your nerves and relieve you from this distress.

Following on that note—here are five calming herbs and spices to fight stress and anxiety.

1. Ginger

Zingiber officinale—Ginger is the versatile herb, which is both a remarkable spice and a simple herbal remedy. It is commonly used to treat digestive issues but also offers benefits for the brain and is a natural adaptogen.

Ginger is the oldest medicinal herb and culinary spice in the world. The use of ginger has been recorded for almost 5,000 years in Indian Ayurvedic practices and traditional Chinese medicine.

The active components– ‘10-gingerol’ and ‘6-shogaol’ are anti-inflammatory agents and have effects on brain functions. This anti-inflammatory property helps to ease the impact of anxiety, depression, brain fog, and stress.

Ginger balances brain hormones by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine. The deficiency of both hormones causes mental disorders, including depression and stress-related anxiety.  

2. Valerian

Valeriana officinalis—Valerian root has been part of ancient Greek and Roman medicinal practices. Hippocrates first noted down its medicinal properties, which later became a remedy to treat insomnia.

Valerian root extract has shown an impact on the central nervous system by inhibiting the activities of nerve transmission (GABA-Gamma-amino butyric acid), resulting in the prevention of nervous activity in the brain.

The active component–‘Valerenic acid’ acts on your brain and nervous system, resulting in feelings of tranquillity and calmness. Valerian roots have a mix of complex compounds that reduces anxiety, stress, and promotes sleep.

The consumption of Valerian is through making tea, but the smell and taste of it are awful. It is best to take it as a supplement.

3. Magic mushrooms

Psilocybe Cubensis—Commonly known as magic mushrooms or shrooms, are notorious for their euphoric properties and have lately gained the attention of the medical community for its medicinal effects on the brain.

The first-ever use of psychedelic mushrooms was seen on rock art originating in Sahara dating back 9,000 years ago. They belong to the fungus family and yet are in the category of herbal medicine.

‘Psilocybin’ is the most researched active compound of the magic mushrooms and has shown promises in treating anxiety, depression, and stress. Although because of its legality issues, the studies remain limited.

Scientists found that a single dose of psychedelic mushrooms can alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety in cancer patients for a minimum of five years. The outcome of few studies has to lead to an increase in research of magic mushrooms to treat mental disorders.

The best way to manage your stress and anxiety is by making tea using shrooms dry powder.

4. Turmeric

Curcuma longa – Turmeric belongs to the family of ginger and is the most popular spice in the world today. This spice is undoubtedly the most beneficial spice for your physical and mental health.

There is a confusion between various aspects of using turmeric – a) the fresh root is consumable alongside the whole plant; b) the bright yellow powder made from dried roots is a culinary spice; c) ‘Curcumin’ is the bioactive component derived from turmeric and sold as a supplement. 

Either way, all three types mentioned above can relieve the symptoms of mental stress, anxiety, and are also brain protective. However, the bioactive component curcumin is a natural antidepressant.

Curcumin increases the activities of serotonin and dopamine, easing the symptoms of stress and depression.

5. Passionflower

Passiflora incarnata—Native Americans traditionally used passionflower as a calming herb to treat anxiety and insomnia. Today scientists believe passionflowers work by increasing the levels of GABA in the brain, making you feel relaxed and calm.

There is sound evidence that passionflower helps lessen the symptoms of anxiety. Combining passionflower with oxazepam (medication for anxiety) is effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder.  

A clinical trial found that passionflower can reduce stress and improve memory. The sedative effects can give feelings of relaxation and calmness by reducing the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Passionflower supplements are available in markets. Yet the easiest way to consume is making herbal tea from dried flowers and consuming before sleep.

Humans have been incorporating herbs and spices as an herbal or medicinal remedy for thousands of years. It has proven over time that they are effective in easing up our turmoil of emotions and feelings.

Although feelings of anxiety and stress are pretty standard–it is not compulsory to hide them or not to act on them.

Consuming herbs and spices as a supplement or as herbal concoction will undoubtedly help you tackle the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Get them on your regular diet, have a positive look at your life, and keep breathing!

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