If you’re looking for ways to feel better physically and mentally, you’ll likely be looking for herbal supplements at some point. Herbs are a great place to start when focusing on natural remedies rather than pharmaceutical drugs.
Here is a list of several natural herbal supplements that can help you gain more energy, clarity, and improve your mood.
You may have heard of kratom before. Kratom comes from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant called Mitragyna Speciosa. This plant is part of the coffee family, but unlike the coffee fruit, the beneficial properties of kratom are contained in the leaves.
Kratom has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia. People report the following benefits:
- General pain relief
- Relief of musculoskeletal pain
- More energy
- Feel better emotionally, less anxiety
Kratom has traditionally been used sparingly as a medicinal plant due to its potent nature. However, like any substance, you need to make sure you only buy the purest powders, as some products are contaminated with heavy metals. You can receive high quality kratom online from reputable companies
Just be sure to consult your doctor before trying kratom. While many people report positive benefits, the side effects can be intense.
- St. John’s Wort
Also known as Hypericum Perforatum, St. John’s Wort is a European flowering shrub. The active ingredient in this herbal remedy is hyperforin and is extracted from the leaves and flowers.
According to Johns Hopkins, research has shown that St. John’s Wort is effective in treating mild to moderate depression, symptoms of menopause, and somatic disorders.
Like any substance, no matter how natural, always consult your doctor before trying anything new. Taking St. John’s Wort for a long time or in high doses can cause serious side effects.
St. John’s Wort helps thousands of people around the world, but it interacts with a large number of drugs. For example, it interacts with antidepressants, barbiturates, chemotherapy drugs, statins, contraceptives, etc. Always consult your doctor before taking this herb.
- Lemon balm
Lemon balm will make you feel rejuvenated. It’s a bit tart, so you’ll probably want to get a tincture that you can drop under your tongue or add to a smoothie. If you don’t mind the flavor, you can add a few drops to a glass of water.
People use lemon balm for:
While there aren’t any conclusive scientific studies to support the use of lemon balm for reducing stress and anxiety, it’s possible that people are just enjoying a hot cup of tea. However, lemon balm has a sedative effect, so the benefits are likely caused by a combination of heat and the lemon balm extract itself.
You can still grow your own lemon balm – it’s a perennial in the mint family. It is easy to grow and will proliferate wherever it appears. Lemon balm can look a lot like mint, but the tops of the leaves are paler and can sometimes appear yellow. The leaves smell of lemon, so there is no doubt that it is mint or lemon balm!
It seems hard to believe that people are still hesitant to try cannabis, but it is really a wonderful way to relax. In moderation, cannabis can relieve pain, fight cancer, relieve depression, and more.
Although cannabis is a natural plant, it is illegal at the federal level in the United States. If your state has a medical cannabis program, you can apply for a card to legally purchase, possess, and use cannabis. If you have an eligibility requirement, it is worth getting it. Whatever the main reason you use cannabis is, it will relieve your entire nervous system and eliminate aches and pains that you didn’t even realize.
- CBD oil
Unlike cannabis, CBD oil is federally legal as long as it is extracted from industrial hemp and not from marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are forms of the cannabis plant, but only industrial hemp contains a low amount of THC (0.3% or less). CBD products must not contain more than 0.3% THC to be legal.
CBD oil has been used for decades to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD and even several medical conditions like seizures and cancer.
Nature has solutions for every evil
While it’s easy to get a prescription for every illness you have, try looking to nature first. Nature has solutions for just about anything we could possibly need, except emergency medicine, of course. Even if a natural remedy doesn’t work in the end, it’s worth giving nature a chance.