Mother Earth Living

Relax with Herbs for Stress

Tonic herbs help increase energy levels, concentration and resistance to stress.
By The Herb Companion Staff
January/February 2011
Add to My MSN

Banish stress with these relaxing herbs.

Content Tools

Related Content

Battle Stress With Herbs

Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help ...

3 Herbal Tea Gardens for Health and Well-Being

Follow these three garden plans for herbal tea gardens that can help remedy minor aches and ailments...

Make a Soothing Lavender Eye Pillow: Eye Pillow Recipe

Treat yourself with this soothing lavender eye pillow or dress it up and give to friends as a luxuri...

Herbal Magic: Find the Perfect Massage Oil

Whether you are the therapist or the recipient, be sure the massage oils are made with pure, undilut...

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) increases energy and endurance, promotes longevity, supports sexual vitality, calms the mind, enhances mental function, rejuvenates tissues, strengthens immune function, encourages restful sleep and helps the body overcome imbalances caused by stress, poor diet, environmental toxins or lack of sleep. General dosage guidelines: one 500-mg capsule daily.

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Indigenous to Siberia and northeastern China, eleuthero has been used for at least 2,000 years to improve general health and increase energy and longevity. Many studies have shown the herb to be an invaluable aid for enhancing stress-resistance. General dosage guidelines: up to nine 500-mg capsules per day. For standardized products, follow manufacturer’s directions.

Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). A slow-growing woodland plant, ginseng has been revered for more than 5,000 years as a premier herbal vitality tonic. Research shows that ginseng increases endurance, relieves fatigue, bolsters immunity, helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar, and enhances mental function. General dosage guidelines: up to four 500-mg capsules daily. For standardized products, follow manufacturer’s directions.

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea). In Russia and many Scandinavian countries, rhodiola is considered an official botanical medicine commonly prescribed to treat fatigue, improve work performance, alleviate depression and improve resistance to physical and psychological stress. General dosage guidelines: 2 to 4 capsules daily of a product standardized to contain 3 to 5 percent rosavins and 1 percent salidroside.

Adapted with permission from The Herb Companion. 

Calm in a Cup 

Herbalist and acupuncturist Christopher Hobbs formulated this tea to infuse a feeling of calmness throughout your body and spirit. Drink a cup several times a day or just before bed.

1 quart boiling water
1 tablespoon linden flower
1 tablespoon chamomile flower
1 tablespoon eleuthero root
1 tablespoon passionflower
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
1/2 teaspoon stevia leaf, if desired

Pour boiling water over herbs and cover the pan, then let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Makes 4 cups.


Bulk herbs 

Frontier Natural Products Co-op 

Mountain Rose Herbs 


Gaia Herbs 

New Chapter  

NOW Foods 


Post a comment below.


Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.