5 Best Natural Stress-Reducing Herbs, Foods & Techniques

Stress is the kicker, the killer, the destroyer of all that’s good.

Are you a worrier? Filled with anxiety? Unable to ever fully relax? Unable to make the break from toxic people in your life? Stressed by constant body aches and pains?

Below are a few tried and true stress-stoppers. Choose a handful that could work for you and start using one or more TODAY.

1. Dr. Paul Anderson, M.D. a pain management specialist, advises avoiding the 7 Evil Inflammatory foods to improve joint pain and inflammation.

  • Red meat
  • Dairy
  • Gluten – no wheat, rye or oats. Gluten intolerance can lead to severe joint pain that is not arthritis, but sure feels like it!
  • Night shade vegetables- tomatoes, eggplant, paprika, all peppers, goji berries and white potatoes (sweet potatoes are okay). These plants contain toxins which overload the immune system.
  • Toxic fats and vegetable oils (especially soy and canola). Use olive oil and coconut oil instead.
  • All refined sugars are highly inflammatory. Sugar, and the ‘foods’ it contains, is a big culprit in worsening psoriasis. Includes white or cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup. All artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, saccharine, sorbitol, xylitol and many more that you find in diet products and chewing gum are poisonous. Sweet alternatives in moderation: stevia is the best, agave, coconut syrup, brown rice syrup or honey.

2. Warming foods will help your body cope with the stress of cold weather, and help you lose weight!

Warming Foods

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Carob
  • Cumin
  • Chives
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Dates (and most dried fruit)
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Honey
  • Kumquat
  • Leeks
  • Millet
  • Mustard greens
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Pepper (black, Chile, red bell, green bell)
  • Quinoa
  • Rosemary
  • Rutabaga
  • Scallions
  • Seeds
  • Tea
  • Vinegar
  • Wasabi
  • Watercress
  • Wild rice

3. Easy 15- to 20-minute meditation exercises you can do tonight while lying in bed!

Regular meditation has too many health benefits to ignore for even one more day! Give it 30 days to see what these simple techniques do for you.

Do one or more each night before bed to help you relax, or just after you wake up to get you centered and grounded for your day.

Set a timer for five to 15 minutes so you can relax without checking the time.

Body Scan: Starting with your head and working down to your arms and feet, notice how you feel in your body. Taking in your head and neck, simply notice if you feel tense, relaxed, calm or anxious. See how much you can spread any sensations of softness and relaxation to areas of your body that feel tense. Once your reach your feet, work back up your body.
Breath Focus: Sit or lie comfortably. Tune into your breath, follow the sensation of inhaling from your nose to abdomen and out again. Let tension go with each exhalation. When you notice your mind wandering, return to your breath.
Mantra Repetition: The relaxation response can be evoked by sitting quietly with eyes closed for 15 minutes twice a day, and mentally repeating a simple word or sound such as ”Om”. – Edited from http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-health-benefits-of-meditation

4. Tap away your stress! Emotional Freedom Techniques is the best stress-buster ever found! But you have to remember to use it! Sometimes where you’re in the middle of stress, you can forget that you know how to make yourself feel better! Click the link in the margin beside this post, and/or see my short tapping video demonstration in my next blog post!

5. Natural remedies for restorative  sleep

A steaming cup of herbal tea every night, 30 minutes before bed, is a pleasing self-care ritual that uses heat and relaxing herbs to cue your body and mind to get ready for sleep.

You can find chamomile, peppermint and linden blossom in teabags at the health or bulk food store, or you can go to a natural food store that sells loose herbs and find more exotic varieties such as passionflower or oatstraw.

These teas are all prepared the same way: 1 tsp (teabag) per cup. Add to just-boiled water, cover and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy – with or without 1/2 tsp unpasteurized honey.

Other good sleep habits include not eating in the 3 hours before bedtime, avoiding the flickering lights of TV or your computer in the last hour before sleep, and keep your bedroom free of work-related papers and books.

Keep your bedroom as your sanctuary, your Shangri La for two main activities: intimacy with your partner and sleep!

Sweet dreams!


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