Published: December 20, 2011Updated: 05:33 April 4, 2014
Herbs that can Help Combat Stress and Build the Immune System
By: Claire McCarthy
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.
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.
This herb boosts immunity and fights against bacteria, viruses, and inflammation.
A powerful flu remedy that stimulates the immune system, this remedy has antiviral and antibacterial actions.
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.
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.
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.
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.