Stress Relief Strategies
Tip #10: Use Valerian Root
Another natural supplement that can help reduce your stress
levels is valerian root. It’s so effective, in fact, that it’s often
referred to as Nature’s Valium.
This non habit-forming herb has a tranquilizing effect that also
aids in getting a good night’s sleep. Just like passionflower, it also
helps with GABA.
The valeric acid found within valerian root prevents the
breakdown of GABA, which is exactly what the anti-anxiety
medications Valium and Xanax do.
In addition to that, valerian root also contains the antioxidant
Hesperidin and Linaria. These antioxidants actually inhibit
excessive activity in the amygdala, which is the part of our brain
that responds to stress with fear.
If you’re interested in this miracle herb, you can take it just like
passionflower. Look for it in the form of a supplement, brew it as
an herbal tea, or use pure valerian root extract.