Using Spices to Promote Health and Relieve Stress
We live in a world that seems to put so much demand on us, from raising a family to working, paying bills, etc… The doctor’s office is filled every year with persons having stress-related issues that seem to be too overbearing for them. Many have turned to alcohol, prescription drugs and whatever other means they can find to bring relief.
Stress can cause all sorts of things to happen to our bodies from mental breakdown to a nervous breakdown, I have heard stories of persons being under stress and what it did to them. In fact, I know of someone who became so stressed out that they lost their mind.
Stress is also one of the reasons why many homes are torn apart, this is so sad, but stress is a real issue that must be dealt with, we cannot deny it or simply sweep it under the rug, we must face it for what it is and deal with it. Even as you drive on the streets other drivers driving in such a reckless way, this too can be contributed to stress which we call road rage.
what is, even worse is persons committing suicide seeking to escape it all simply because of feeling stress out, feeling like there is no way out of their situation.
Signs of stress
What are some of the signs to look for to tell if you or a loved one may be stressed out?
- Upset stomach
- Loss of sexual desire
- Grinding teeth
- Chest pain
- Difficulty in making a decision
- Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
- Frequent headaches
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Being overwhelmed with worry/anxiety
- No interest in appearance
- Low energy
- sleeping problems
- Angry outbursts
- Muscles tension
We will stop here for now, but this list can get longer. So we can see the seriousness of stress, therefore we must find ways to deal with it or if we know of someone who has this problem to find help for them before it is too late.
Stress and gardening
With all that said what does stress have to do with gardening and how do we tie in the two?
Relieving stress with spices
Many of these spices you may be growing in your yard or it may be a friend or family member’s yard. Here are a few of them that you can try.
Spices for stress
1. Basil- Basil is a favorite and gives foods a good flavor, but do you know that basil is also used to help relieve stress.
2. Nutmeg- Nutmeg is another spice that can relieve stress, nutmeg is a bit strong so just a pinch every now and again is all that you need to give you the comfort that you are looking for.
3. Oregano- Oregano is known to treat both depression and anxiety, oregano has been also known to improve blood flow to the brain.
4. Licorice rice- Licorice rice when taken is said to help the body handle stress and calms the mind.
5. Turmeric- Turmeric contains great amounts of antioxidants which improves blood flow to the brain relieving stress.
6. Rosemary- Rosemary is rich in antioxidants which increase blood flow and reduces stress.
7. Lemon balm- Lemon balm is also a well- known stress reliever, lemon balm also relieves, anxiety, tension, and headaches.
8. Sage- Sage has also been known to fight stress.
9. Vanilla- Vanilla has been medically proven to relieve stress. Vanilla has been known to have a natural effect on the brain and nervous system.
10. Passionflowers- Studies have shown that passionflowers also relieves stress by putting a person in a calmer and relaxed mood.
Health benefit of herbs
Here are some health benefits of the healing wonders of herb just follow this link. Garden herbs, Going natural, living longer.
There is so much more that can be said on this topic and there are also more spices that you can try, going natural is a great way to relieve stress. Someone once said “do not talk life so serious”, take time out for yourself and take it one day at a time. Life was met to be enjoyed and live to the fullest so let’s ensure that we experience all that life has to offer by staying stress-free.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.
38 thoughts on “How to relieve stress with spices”
Stress can cause all sorts of things to happen to our bodies from mental break down to nervous break down, I have heard stories of persons being under stress and what it did to them. In fact I know of someone who became so stress out that they lost their mind.
Stress is also one of the reason why many homes are thorn apart, this is so sad, but stress is a real issue that must be dealt with, we cannot deny it or simply sweep it under the rug, we must face it for what it is and deal with it. Even as you drive on the streets other drivers driving in such a reckless way, this to can be contributed to stress which we call road rage.We live in a world that seems to put so much demand on us, from raising a family to working ,paying bills etcâ€¦ The doctors office are filled ever year with persons having stress related issues that seems to be too over bearing for them. Many have turn to alcohol, prescription drugs and whatever other means they can find too bring relief.
Hi Norman, nice article!
Spices that spice up the Holidays can be very soothing to rattled nerves. What you have listed are very good choices.
Ginger is also wonderful for upset stomach, and along with Turmeric, has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.
Cilantro and Parsley are helpful for detoxing yourself of the heavy metals which creep into our civilized lives from many sources.
Cheers and awesome health!
Good day Oren it is so good to hear from you again, and thanks for commenting, spices do work wonders for us and they are so beneficial to our bodies so lets continue to take advantage of them and using them as often as we can. All the best to you and have a good evening.
Hi and thanks for this information.
I have just moved house and to be honest the stress of all that is enough. But since I did this 3 months ago I have found the bank account low on funds and the stress has built up for sure.
To be honest I was looking for information regarding symptoms (which I have found here on this page) and i can see some of them are applying to me for sure.
I did not want to go to the doctors as i am not really a doctor going kind of person. I was looking for something more herbal and spices related!
I am suffering with a lot of depression at the moment mainly due to money, is there anything you can suggest? Or the best road to take?
Hello Chris it is so good to meet you, and I know what you are talking about because I was there also at one point in my life, besides what I have posted you can try taking walks in the park along with taking in all of the beauty that is around you, going on the beach and taking in all that nice sea breeze,
Do not focusing on what you are going through, relax, get involved in a hobby you know things that you like to do or would like to do, lay back relax and play some nice soft classical music, avoid negative thinking in spit of, be positive and know that things will get better but do sit down and put a plan in place and take it one day at a time.
And the most important one for me is that I talk and prayed to God, talking is a great way to help relief stress. God loves you and He will listen and help you. Yes I understand how life can be sometimes believe me I was there, but you must learn as I pointed out in my post not to take life so serious, but count Your blessings name them one by one
Because stress will only add to what you are going through, it will not make it better and that is not good for your health so just do your best and don’t sweat the rest, because a better day is coming for you and I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you and have a good day.
Very informative article about stress relieving spices. Some of them my wife are grown in the greenhouse as Basil-Basil, Rosemary, and Sage-sage.
I like points 3 and 4 in your stress signs list and number six is the very cool point.
Honestly, I did not know about its stress removal options. And one more my two cents, dealing with plants and digging a soil itself is stress therapy.
Hello andrejs it is so good to see you again, I am glad that I could help and it is good to know that both you and your wife are also involved in gardening. Spices do work wonders for us, all the best to you and have a good day.
Thanks for the spices list. I didn’t know that spices can reduce stress. Do you have any suggestion on how often and how much as per quantity we should take them so as to totally relieve oneself of stress? I know it’s not supposed to replace medicine if your situation is a little deep, but I would love to know if I can go all natural so as to not be buried in stress which can lead to depression.
Thanks for any advice you can dispense.
Hello Pitin it is so good to see you again, herbs do do wonders and they are good for you. If you are using turmeric just a pinch but if you are using herbs just a few leaves, about 6- 8. You can use herbs every day or if you like 3-4 times a week.
I have experienced stress that comes from worrying mostly about financial and family problem. Your article about stress which I would say very informative, I have learned through many types of herbal medicines that can help to relieve stress. That was a very helpful article.
From the list of herbal medicines that you had mentioned , which of those are available over the counter? I hope there is no need for prescription from a doctor. Anyway, I would appreciate it if you can recommend a herbal against stress that causes an upset stomach because I notice that every time I feel stressful that problem always comes to me first. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
Hello Cris it is so good to meet you and spices do help us in such a great way. What you can do is go to your nearness herbal store or pharmacie and browse the shelves that contains these natural remedies, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Hope this helps, have a good day. You can try Chamomile herbal tea it has been know to calm the nerves and ease the mind.
Great article! Stress can cause so many damages and can lead to serious illnesses. I’ve heard that Passiflora is one of the best plants to relieve stress:) But know that I’ve read your article, I am convinced many other plants can help.Quick question, please. Is there a quantity not to be exceeded when using these plants?
Plants can sometimes be even stronger than medical stress relievers:)
Hello my friend it is good to see you, spices are great and they can benefit us in so many ways, when using herbs like basil for example you can use anywhere from 8-12 leaves, some people use more some use less. But you can start with this number if you like, hopes this helps. All the best to you and have a good day.
Hi Norman, What you mentioned in this article is very true. Stress can really affect our life quality. But I think this is a progress in life and canâ€™t avoid it. I personally go through all this depresses, from career to relationship.
What we need to do is find ways to overcome those can bring negative impact to us. Iâ€™m really glad that I found your article. In fact, I haven try out relieve stress with spices yet, But after reading this I will definitely give it a try.
Hello Maxx it is so good to hear from you again, and spices do really works wonders so lets make them a part of our diet. All the best to you and have a good day.
That is pretty awesome. I am well aware of how herbs and certain amino acids such as levodopa and Tyrosine can help to reduce stress. I never thought about spices being able to do the same.
Pretty important article you have here as stress is a blight that if not dealt with can lead to a number of ilnesses both physical and mental.
Thanks for sharing this article.
Hello my good friend It is always good to hear from you, oh yeahhhhhhhh, spices are just so awesome and very beneficial to the body. Lets make sure and take full advantage of these, thanks for sharing all the best to you and I am glad that I could help. Have a good day.
Hi Norman. Very informative article on stress and how to relieve it. I still remember how as young man I struggled with effects of stress. I was constantly edgy, but over time I have gotten better. I still get bouts of anxiety, so it’s good to know that there are natural remedies that can help cure the problem
Hello lenoard it is so good to meet you. A diet in spices sure can go a long way in helping us, so lets make a a part of our diet all the best to you and have a good day.
I did not know that there were so many spices to relieve stress! I like nutmeg, vanilla and the passion flowers the best. When I am cooking, I don’t use a lot of spices, so most of them I don’t even have 🙁 But I can see putting vanilla and nutmeg into hot drinks or even burning a vanilla scented candle. These are great ideas!
Hello my good friend and a Merry Christmas to you, it is so good to see you again and it is so amazing the power of using spices and how they benefit us in such a great way. These are some great ideas , all the best to you my dare lady and have a good day.
Awesome report and fantastic information about how we can live a better life if we choose the natural route to our wellness. This page is full of useful info. and you have done a great job here. I wish you the best of luck and you are definitely going the right direction. A great cure for all those illnesses is to busy working outside in a garden of some sort.
Hello Phil and thanks a million for your kind words. I am glad that I could help, all the best to you and have a good day.
I experience stress on a frequent basis and I’m always looking for natural remedies for things. I was aware of the use of spices for stress, although I knew they could be used for other medical reasons. I’m going to have to try some of these spices rather than taking some pharmaceutical for it. This is very helpful. 🙂
Hello Shannon it is so nice to hear from from you again, spices are so amazing and can do our bodies a whole lot of good so we should take advantage of them. Glad that I could help, all the best to you and have a good day.
Looks like my son could do with some of these scents! He exhibits some of the signs of stress from time to time and enjoys scented items including herbs we use for cooking, like oregano.
As he is really picky with his food, i find that the best way for him to get these scents is to include them in his meals. I sprinkle basil, rosemary, and oregano into his rice. Not at the same time. He loves them all.
Hello Regina it is so good to see you, Spices are so beneficial to our bodies therefore we should take full advantage of them by including them in our diet. Keep on doing what you are doing all the best to you and have a good day.
Great info! As a culture we are all way too stressed. I think everyone should be better educated on this conscious eating style. We can all heal together 🙂
I was happily surprised to find Vanilla on your list. I recently purchased a Celestial Tea sample pack with Honey Vanilla Chamomile and I have been very drawn to it every night. It is currently the holiday season so maybe my body was craving the Vanilla to help me relax. Very delicious tea!
Hello TryBelle it is so good to meet you, Spices do wonders for our bodies therefore we should take full advantage and give our bodies the treat and healing that it needs. All the best to you and have a good day.
You have a great website that is full of gardening information!
I was surprised at how long the list of many ways that stress effects us was. I left a comment on your website just a moment ago. But as I am thinking about what I read, I have another question. I wonder if it is better to eat the spices on your list or to be able to smell them?
Hello it is so good to meet you, spices is so beneficial therefor we should take full advantage of them. It is better in my opinion to consume them. Hope this helps, all the best to you.
Stress is certainly rampant across every timezone, and I found this to be an article that tackles the problem from a different angle, or maybe even from outside the box.
It’s a scary thing to learn about the garbage that we shovel ourselves full of, particularly this time of year… It’s good to know though, that there are natural remedies that we can use to dampen the stress, that are natural and far healthier than “comfort food.”
Thanks for the post!
Hello Brain it is so good to meet you, Spices are so beneficial for the body and we should take full advantage of them because of their healing wonders and the best part is that they are all natural so we don’t have too worry about any side effects, this is what makes spices so awesome. Thanks for commenting all the best to you and have a good day.
Second time I had to read your article. With the holidays brings a little stress. I had a curious question though. Does it matter how you use these spices? Is the natural form better than say, buying the spice in a jar which I assume is freeze dried? Will they be more effective if used naturally? I don’t keep a lot of them on hand, and thought about starting a spice garden.
Hello my good friend, man I tell you spices surely do work wonders. I believe that we can cook them which is good or we can even use them in salads or as a tea , In my opinion natural is more better because it is more potent when used fresh. Hope this helps, all the best to you and have a good day.
well i do agree that we live in a world where we are surrounded by many type of stresses and to come out of that we need to relieve our body.
So gardening can be one of the stress buster tool to relieve stress but as you most of the peolle live in flats in metro so most of them do not have gardens but still they can maintain small gardens in their flats in the form of POTS.They can grow various flowers in small pots.
In singapore where there is scarcity of space people over there go for roof gardening which is excellent way of coming closer to nature and relieve your stress
Hello sanjay it is so good to meet you, having a garden can sure make a world of difference, especially when you have a garden that includes spices that is so great benefit to the body. Thanks for commenting, all the best to you and have a good day.
I thought that I am a little stressed, but after I read the signs you listed it turns out that I am quite stressed. Thank you for your spice recommendation! I love vanilla and it will be lovely to try it out!