Enlist these herbal allies to help you handle daily stress.
Stress really does contribute to the chronic diseases that ultimately kill so many Americans, such as heart disease and diabetes.
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American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) can combat stress with similar actions to its Asian botanical cousin (Panax ginseng).
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Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) has long been used as a heart tonic.
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Repetition of a mantra or a prayer is a time-honored method for coping with stress. If you don’t have a favorite mantra, try “om” or “All is well.”
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Stress is hard on the heart. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is calming and quiets heart palpitations.
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If stress interferes with a good night’s sleep, try California poppy (Eschscholzia californica).
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Rumor has it that ancient Scandinavian peoples such as the Vikings chewed the rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) root for endurance and strength. Today, research has found that rhodiola extracts improve cognitive function, reduce fatigue, and have antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects.
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Many of the commonly used adaptogens come from the East. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have long valued schisandra (Schisandra chinensis).