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Navigate stress naturally with 5 calming remedies

Nov 22, 2023 11:20AM ● By Suzy Cohen

In today’s tumultuous world, many of us grapple with stress and anxiety. If you’re experiencing these feelings, there’s an organic route to tranquility that doesn’t involve benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, alcohol or opiates.

These natural supplements and simple lifestyle adjustments can help alleviate stress and anxiety. These remedies may take the form of teas, extracts and dietary supplements. 

1. Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is remarkably versatile. Curling up with a calming cup of lavender tea before bedtime can work wonders. Consider taking a relaxing bath or reading a book while breathing in this soothing fragrance using essential oil diffusers or sachets. 

2. Chamomile (matricaria chamomilla) is an ideal choice for bedtime tea. Simply steep chamomile flowers in hot water for a soothing, anxiety-reducing beverage.

3. Valerian Root (valeriana officinalis) is available as a dietary supplement in extract or pill form. It’s most effective when taken 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime to promote restful sleep.

4. Passionflower (passiflora incarnata) can also be taken as a dietary supplement and is often used to reduce anxiety and enhance sleep quality.

5. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) can be incorporated into your daily routine as a supplement to help your body adapt to stress and maintain balance.

When seeking additional calming solutions, it’s important to explore beyond herbal remedies. Here are a few more ideas to assist you in reclaiming serenity.

Limit news consumption: Excessive exposure to negative news can elevate stress and anxiety levels. Set designated times to catch up on news and minimize constant updates. A “digital detox” from social media may also be beneficial.

Mindfulness meditation: Meditation is a powerful tool to stay grounded in the present and alleviate anxiety about the future. It doesn’t necessarily require closing your eyes; activities like taking a walk in nature, practicing yoga or spending time in your garden can also be meditative. There are even apps available to guide you. 

Exercise: Engaging in physical activity releases endorphins, reduces stress hormones and enhances overall well-being. Enhance your well-being by complementing regular exercise with a balanced diet that includes leafy greens rich in calming magnesium. 

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