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Herbs That Can Help Combat Stress and Build The Immune System

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Herbs for Stress Relief

  • Andrographis

    May help prevent and treat bacterial and viral respiratory tract infections. Appears to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. Take no more than 5x a week for 3 weeks per month. Avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 

  • Ashwagandha

    A calming herb for anxiety and depression, it's been shown to produce a sense of calm comparable to prescription anti-anxiety drugs. Avoid if you're taking prescription drugs for anxiety or insomnia. 

  • Astragalus

    This herb boosts immunity and fights against bacteria, viruses, and inflammation. 

  • Black Elderberry

    A powerful flu remedy that stimulates the immune system, this remedy has antiviral and antibacterial actions.

  • Echinacea

    This herb strengthens the immune system and may be helpful against coughs, headaches, and congestion. Take at the first sign of a cold or flu. Do not use as an everyday supplement. 

  • Magnesium

    Supports the adrenal glands, which can be overworked by stress. A low magnesium level during stressful periods can cause energy depletion that leads to fatigue, further lowering your defenses.

  • Rhodiola

    Strengthens the body, so it can deal with physical and mental stressors. Traditionally used to ease anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia. Those with bipolar disorder should avoid rhodiola. 

  • Schisandra

    Effective for relieving symptoms of emotional stress, including insomnia, fatigue, and depression. Those who are pregnant or have gallstones or peptic ulcers should avoid schisandra.