Cathy Burkemper

Natural remedies For Physical & Emotional Stress

Q: Help! I have four kids under the age of seven, work full time and try to keep up the house. I constantly feel stressed. I drink coffee all day just to stay awake. Is there anything I can take that is natural and will make me feel better without making me more tired?

A: Welcome to the world of motherhood. It sounds like you are dealing with two types of stress; physical and emotional. Let’s address the physical stress first. I always recommend taking a good B-Complex and Vitamin C whenever you are stressed. These are the first vitamins you are depleted of when you are under stress or anxiety. I am also very fond of magnesium. The general population is magnesium depleted. It is great for stress support, tight muscles and general relaxation.

You may want to address adrenal gland function. When you have “adrenal fatigue” it is difficult to feel your best. You may always be tired, even though you feel you are getting enough sleep. Your adrenal glands are the primary organ for handling the negative effects of emotional, mental and physical stress. Look for a formula that specifically supports the adrenals. It should contain herbs such as licorice root, schisandra and adrenal substance. You might consider cutting down on your caffeine intake because it has a negative impact on your adrenals. Try green tea or dandelion root tea instead. I’m sure you will notice a difference.

L-Theanine and Holy Basil are also excellent for stress relief.

As far as emotional stress, Rescue Remedy is amazing. It is a flower essence that works strictly at an emotional level. You can be anxious, upset, angry, sad or even afraid and it will help put you at ease. In addition to the liquid and spray form, it comes in a convenient mint called “Contentmints” which you can pop into your mouth as often as needed. It provides quick anxiety relief and can be taken along with other stress relievers.
There are many other remedies, but these just happen to be a few of my favorites.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Burkemper, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.