Natural Remedies for Stress & Exhaustion
Tired of feeling stressed and exhausted? You can have more energy, think clearly, and feel overall motivated by becoming aware of the cycle you are in, and following 3 simple ideas. See also Dave's Anxiety Natural Remedies.
The CycleThe cycle begins when we take on too many projects, or do more thanour bodies and minds are capable. So, we rely on stimulants to help us meet our extra obligations. This stresses the adrenals whichcauses exhaustion, so we take more stimulants to feel energetic and get caught up in the cycle of increasing our intake of stimulants, taking on more projects, getting less sleep, getting more stressed, etc, etc, until we are completely exhausted.
The real problem is, then it starts working on other weak points in our body (organs or tissues), producing the possibility of conditions or diseases as a result of too much stress. Then our immune reserves start tapping not only our adrenals, but from other organs, depending upon personal weaknesses.
Adrenal Fatigue is seen as exhaustion, and increasing amounts of caffeine only leaves you more exhausted as the drug (caffeine) wears off. Other symptoms include dark circles under the eyes. If it progresses much further we see the person feel faint when standing up quickly. Another symptom is the inability to fall asleep. It actually takes energy to sleep. (Many sleep medications force you to sleep while creating dependence.)
Breaking the Cycle of ExhaustionFirst, consider your work and life situations. Are you taking breaks at work and actually eating lunch? Are you avoiding fast foods that rob you of nutrition and further exhaust your energy? This is a good start. What do you do for fun? Are you having enough fun in life or are you at the daily grind? Sometimes it takes an attitude to have fun and see the humorous side of life. Also, learn when to say no, to keep your “full plate” from overflowing.
Second, make sure you are getting the nutrition you need by going to your local health food store where you can find whole-food vitamins. New Chapter Whole-food vitamins are different; they are made from whole foods that your body recognizes the nutrients and knows what to do with them. Available in one-a-day, men's and women's formulas.
Third, certain herbs are tonics and can restore the adrenal functioning and help you have the energy you need. As your mineral reserve is probably low, use cell salts to fill the void. Use other homeopathics for emotional and physical support.
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body's ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results -- your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Stress & Exhaustion
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties. Learn more about herbs >
Lavender - feeds the nerves, strengthens the adrenals and improves digestion.
Siberian Ginseng, now called Eleutherococcus as an adaptogen. Adaptogens help to reduce stress, increase energy, and feed the adrenals so they can function at a higher level, without stimulant effects.
(Remember, with stimulants what goes up must come crashing down.) These two herbs may take a couple of weeks for maximum effects.
If your sleep is affected, add the herb Melissa (Lemon balm). This herb feeds the nerves and allows the person to relax and sleep better.
Cell Salts to Help with Stress & Exhaustion
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day. Learn more about cell salts >
#2 Calc Phos 6X - physical exhaustion
#6 Kali phos 6X - nervous exhaustion
#9 Nat mur 6X - for emotional exhaustion
Stress & Exhaustion Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies. Learn more about homeopathy >
Argentum nit - fear of the future with anxiety
Ignatia - emotional exhaustion with sighing as the keynote