Labelled as the wonder her, Ginseng is well admired to ward off simple ailments. It can also assist in reducing the pangs of anxiety and stress. There are eleven species of this herb, all of which belong to the family called Araliaceae. Ginseng is referred to both Asian/Korean ginseng (scientific name: Panax ginseng and American ginseng (scientific name: Panax quinquefolius). Ginseng helps in stimulating the brain cells while improving concentration as well as cognitive activities. According to various clinical studies, there are many pieces of evidence that demonstrate that taking ginseng roots every day for twelve weeks recovers the mental performance in Alzheimer patients. However, it is one of the best home remedies for stress. Just drink this herbal tea three times per week to eliminate the negative feelings.
- Step 1: Wash the ginseng roots thoroughly and cut it into small pieces.
- Step 2: Crush the pieces, and add to a bowl of water.
- Step 3: Boil the mixture for 15 minutes.
- Step 4: Strain the mixture and drink as many times a day.
How Does This Work?
Ginseng helps in boosting the immune system. The main medicinal properties of American and Asian ginseng are ginsenosides and eletherosides in Siberian ginseng. It is best known as an adaptogen, thus making the body adapt to uneven situations.
Ginseng Is Not Good, If:
- You are taking medication for blood thinning. It could interfere with medicines such as warfarin.
16. Licorice Roots
Licorice roots have multiple medicinal uses both in Western and Eastern herbal medicines. It benefits the body in various ways. However, the most important characteristics of licorice roots are that it supports adrenal glands. Since adrenal burnout (or adrenal exhaustion) is due to chronic stress – it further leads to low energy. However, supplementing the body with adequate amounts of licorice roots can be of great help. This root assists in making the body respond to uneven situations. Besides adrenal glands, it can also normalize the blood sugar levels. Some even claim that licorice can stimulate cerebrospinal fluids, cranial fluids, and calms the mind. How far this is true is still unknown. As a soothing tonic, drink it warm as in tea.
- Step 1: Take half cup chopped dry licorice root and one cup of water.
- Step 2: Take a large bowl and mix the ingredients listed above.
- Step 3: Make sure you mix them thoroughly.
- Step 4: Allow the mixture to boil at medium heat and then allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Step 5: Finally, pour the mix into a large tea mug after straining the tea and sip slowly.
How Does This Work?
Everybody knows that adrenal glands secrete cortisol in stress situations. Large amounts of this hormone can promote depression, chronic fatigue and low resistance levels when responding to infections and allergens. Asparagine amino acid in licorice roots possesses the ability to maintain the equilibrium of the nervous system. One cup of licorice tea may be enough for reducing symptoms of nervousness, anxiety, stress and depression.
Licorice Roots Are Not Good, If:
- You are pregnant. Consumption of more than 250 grams a week can cause a premature delivery.
- You have a history of high blood pressure. Licorice can make your BP shoot to high levels.
- You have a heart problem. The medicinal root can make the body store excess water, and you might suffer a congestive heart failure.