Stress management is a hot topic in modern life. As technology has sped up our tasks and our working day gets longer, we are being put under more and more pressure. Put simply, stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. If you feel under threat, stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, are sent to rouse your body for emergency action. Some stress is quite normal and necessary to get us motivated but if it is too much to cope with or we become overloaded and exhaustion sets in, then serious illness can follow.
Herbal treatment of stress generally focuses on relaxing and reducing the acuteness of any tension. Passionflower contains flavanoids and maltol that are potentially tranquilizing, and can be enjoyed as an infusion or tincture up to three times a day. Valerian and Vervaine are both popular and widely-used herbal sedatives, both being quite bitter to taste so are often taken in tablet form or as a decoction sweetened with honey and lemon.