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  • by Nicola Boulton August 26, 2022 5 min read


    Stress comes with multiple negative side effects. For instance, it causes sleeplessness and low productivity. Using natural ingredients to relieve stress guarantees positive results. Consider ginger, chamomile, dark chocolate, bananas, and water. This article explains some of the natural ingredients used to ease stress.

    Stress is triggered by harsh working conditions, family break-ups, tight schedules, and threatening health problems. Stressed people have low productivity since their normal body functioning is interrupted. Also, it causes sleeplessness, the wellspring of serious health disorders. Some people use over-the-counter medications to alleviate side effects resulting from stress. Such drugs might have long-term health issues, thus causing individuals to research stress relief alternative methods. In this regard, natural ingredients guarantee promising results without adverse side effects. For instance, certain essential oils, vitamins, and foods significantly impact stress. Below are natural ingredients that offer a convenient stress relief experience.

    Dark Chocolate

    According to Singh (2016), chocolate can improve mood and reduce stress. Researchers attribute high tryptophan levels to encouraging results. Tryptophan is an essential compound that the human body utilizes to activate hormones such as serotonin. However, consumers should select dark chocolate bars containing 70 percent cocoa minimally to enhance effectiveness in relieving stress. Ingest about one to three grams daily because it constitutes additional sugar and fats.


    Bananas have a high vitamin B6 profile which de-escalates tiredness and stress. Also, they produce a feel-good hormone called dopamine. Human dopamine decreases when stressed; thus, ingesting bananas balances mood during stressful moments.


    Stress hormone cortisol levels are greater when thirsty. Therefore, drinking water during the day inhibits them from escalating. Most consumers take about six to eight glasses of water daily. People who dislike the natural water taste can incorporate lime or lemon slice.


    People take passion flowers, a vine herb as tablets, or drinking. This ingredient decreases insomnia and anxiety by elevating calming brain substances known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Nevertheless, research on its effectiveness and safety is underway. Consult a medical practitioner before attempting passion flower to guarantee safety after using the ingredient. Individuals avoid exceeding the passion flower amount recommended by your pharmacist. Additionally, breastfeeding and pregnant women are discouraged from using the ingredient to avoid affecting the infant. It can induce confusion, dizziness, and drowsiness; thus, avoid consuming it with sedatives.

    Complex Carbohydrates

    According to Hasin et al. (2018), ingesting carbohydrates stimulates the happy chemical hormone serotonin release. Complex carbohydrates provide a better alternative to an individual's stress than simple ones, as they spend a long period metabolizing. It regulates blood glucose levels and offers a progressive daytime serotonin supply. Consider foods with complex carbohydrates such as oats, rice, pasta, and white grain bread.

    Leafy Green Vegetables

    Leafy green vegetables, including spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, chard, and Brussels sprouts, have an essential vitamin known as folate. It promotes the brain synthesizing dopamine and serotonin hormones, which boosts mood. Also, leafy green vegetables have magnesium which controls cortisol and blood pressure levels.

    Vitamins for Stress

    Some vitamins, including vitamin C, contain stress-busting attributes. Add additional citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, and oranges to the diet. However, speak to your medical provider before consuming vitamin C supplements. Specific B vitamins might decrease stress; thus, ingest legumes (like pulses and beans), dairy foods, and leafy green vegetables, which provide sufficient vitamin B.

    Stress-Relieving Essential Oils

    Essential oils provide an excellent method to alleviate stress. Lavender lowers insomnia symptoms and boosts relaxation. Other important oils showing similar characteristics include yuzu, bergamot, lemongrass, and neroli. Individuals can massage the oil into their skins after combining it with base oil. Also, ignites a stress-dismissing candle or utilize a diffuser to enrich the room with its fragrances. Seek medical attention for guidance and prescription before using them.

    Cannabidiol Oil Supplements

    Cannabidiol oil has popularized significantly following its infinite potential health benefits, particularly in dealing with stress issues. Manufacturers extract this natural compound from the hemp plant's stems, flowers, and leaves. Cannabis sativa and hemp plants are the main cannabis strains. The former produces low cannabidiol oil and constitutes high tetrahydro cannabidiol (THC), a psychoactive molecule. The latter has generated high cannabidiol contents with insignificant THC amounts, specifically 0.3 percent. The CBD oil extraction process efficiently generates important plant substances (Phytocannabinoids). Hernandez-Estrada et al. (2022) explained that hemp-extracted cannabidiol oil induces stress-relieving properties in your body. The human body consists endocannabinoid system that controls stress, sleep, homeostasis (a body balance state), metabolism, immune system, fertilization, pain, appetite, and reproduction. When ingesting cannabidiol products, CBD content interacts with the endocannabinoid system indirectly.

    Consequently, the individual reaps health and wellness benefits without experiencing psychoactive effects. The body destabilizes whenever strange issues like stress, inflammation, and anxiety affect it. The Endocannabinoid system adjusts whenever it experiences such effects to restore body homeostasis. Cannabidiol increases endocannabinoids in your body, which enables ECS to function effectively when eliminating stress from the body. The individual experiences calming effects, although they happen later after taking cannabidiol products.


    Traditional people utilized ginger to remedy anxiety. Gingerol, an antioxidant, inhibits the hazardous chemicals produced by the human body when stressed. Sometimes, stress causes gastrointestinal problems because the stomach acid synthesis essential for metabolism gets hampered. Ginger stimulates stomach acid synthesis, which aids in stress. Individuals can consume hot ginger tea (one cup) by steaming chopped ginger in sufficient water for ten minutes. Squeeze, then incorporate honey and lemon juice for better taste.


    People have consumed chamomile products for centuries as a natural solution following its soothing effect. According to Zamanifar et al. (2020), chamomile decreases anxiety and helps stressed people relax. The plant contains phenolic like phenolic acids, quinones, different antioxidants, and flavonoid compounds in the herb. These ingredients produce relaxing properties and minimize stress-related problems like headaches and appetite fluctuation.


    Stress disturbs your daily productivity, mental focus, and innovativeness. Unfavorable working conditions trigger this health disorder, divorced families, threatening health problems, and busy work schedules. Besides purchasing commercial drugs to alleviate stress-related problems, using natural ingredients further boosts your general body wellness. Some include chamomile, dark chocolate, passion flower, ginger, cannabidiol, vitamins, essential oils, and leafy green vegetables. Taking the appropriate dose relieves stress and promotes body health. For instance, antioxidants slow aging signs while vitamins combat nutritional deficiencies. However, breastfeeding and pregnant women should avoid passion flowers. In this regard, consult your medical provider for guidance and prescription.


    Hasin, Pampori, Aarif, Bulbul, Sheikh, & Bhat (2018). Happy hormones and their significance in animals and man.

    Hernandez-Estrada, A., Müssig, J., & Hughes, M. (2022). The impact of fiber processing on the mechanical properties of epoxy matrix composites and wood-based particleboard reinforced with hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) fiber. Journal of Materials Science, 57(3), 1738-1754.

    Singh (2016). Nutrient and stress management. J Nutr Food Sci, 6(4), 528.

    Zamanifar, Bagheri-Saveh, Nezakati, Mohammadi, & Seidi (2020). The effect of music therapy and aromatherapy with chamomile-lavender essential oil on the anxiety of clinical nurses: A randomized and double-blind clinical trial. Journal of medicine and life, 13(1), 87.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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