Stress is basically a condition when your body is under pressure. Everyone experience stress from time to time. When your body encounters the threating condition or situation, your body automatically secretes some hormones which increase your heartbeat and blood pressure. There are so many reasons for stress such as workload, poor medical conditions, high blood pressure. Stress can be both physical and emotional. It includes many symptoms such as a headache, depression, nervousness, anxiety, and dry mouth. Sometime it may for some time but in the severe condition, you can’t get over from your stress which ultimately pulls yourself towards unnecessary anger, sadness, and lack of motivations, irritability, excessive alcohol consumption and other behavioral changes.
Stress should be temporary because continuous stress problems make you more prone to other medical disorders such as high heartbeat, high blood pressure, obesity, menstrual problem, and sexual dysfunction.
When you are in under pressure and feel some danger the hypothalamus gland which is present at the base of your brain becomes active and it sends various nervous signals to your adrenal gland at ultimately adrenal gland secrets stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline disturbs or increases your heart rate and high blood pressure. Cortisol is primary stress hormones which also disturb your body balance.
Causes of Stress
- Too much work responsibilities and very heavy workload.
- Due to some medical conditions
- Working continuously for long hours
- Loss of job
- Chronic illness
- Being unhappy with your job
- Working under dangerous condition
Symptoms of Stress
- The high rate of heartbeat
- Irritability and anxiety
- Excessive sweating
- Fluctuating blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Head pain
- Fatigue problem
- Chest pain
Home Remedies for Stress
1. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate or bitter salt. It appears almost similar to normal table salt. The magnesium and sulfate content in Epsom salt is easily absorbed through your skin. Magnesium helps to regulate the proper nerve or muscles functioning, and also reduce the inflammation. The sulfates content in Epsom salt increase the absorption of nutrients, ease a migraine, headache problem and provide relief from stress. Epsom salt with the help of magnesium increase the serotonin content in our brain and inhibit the adrenaline secretion in your body.
- Add one cup of Epsom salt in a warm bathtub.
- Along with this, you can add some drops of essential oil.
- Soak in this warm water for 20 minutes.
- For better results do this 2-3 times in a week.
- This will helps you to relax your body, and ease irritability, anxiety, and irregular heartbeat.
2. Holy basil (Ocimum Sanctum)
Holy basil or tulsi is one of the most sacred plants in India. This herb has been used for many years in Ayurveda for the treatments of various health disorders. It has very good antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-bacterial and anti-stress properties. There are numbers of the phytochemicals present in holy basil such as oleanolic acid, rosmarinic acid, Linalool, germacrene, and ursolic acid. These chemicals help to boost your body immunity and reduce stress anxiety.
- Take 2-3 leaves of holy basil and put them in hot water.
- Rest it for 10 minutes and after that strain and drink this holy basil tea.
- For better taste add some raw honey to it.
- Instead of tea, you can also directly chew the 8-10 leaves of tulsi daily this will also help to reduce your stress level.
3. Chamomile Tea
Due to excessive stress people are not able to sleep properly. In such condition Chamomile tea is very effective because it helps to reduce stress and anxiety problem which cure insomnia. It also has great benefits in relaxing your muscles.
- You should drink this tea two times a day to reduce the stress and anxiety problem.
- To make this tea take 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile and put them in one cup of hot water.
- Rest it for 10 minutes, strain and add some drops of raw honey to it for taste and drink it.
- You can also use chamomile essential oil.
4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
It is also known as Indian ginseng and one of best herb which has anti-stress property. Basically, the roots of ashwagandha have herbal properties. It reduces the level of main stress hormones such as cortisol. It helps the adrenal, hypothalamus and pituitary gland to work effectively and act on adrenal gland to lower the overproduction of testosterone hormone in the human body.
- Take one cup of warm water and milk, add 1-2 tablespoons of Ashwagandha root powder to it.
- Mix well and drink it 2-3 times in a day daily.
5. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm shows a positive effect on relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. It is a very good source of rosmarinic acid which has antioxidant properties. This herb also reduces the symptoms of stress such as anxiety, sleeplessness, and indigestion.
- To make lemon balm tea take some leaves or fresh powder of this herb.
- Boil one cup of water and put one tablespoon of lemon balm powder to it.
- Strain, add some drops of raw honey, mix and drink it two times in a day.
- This will helps to soothe your body, improve your mood and stress level.
6. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil has so many benefits in our daily life but it shows great effect during stress condition. The anesthetic property of peppermint is due to the presence of organic compound menthol which shows a very good cooling effect. Due to its refreshing nature, it provides relief from stress, mental exhaustion, and depression.
- Add some drops of peppermint oil in your hot water bath.
- Rest it in for 20-25 minutes
- This warm water bath helps to provide relief from stiffness.