CHICOPEE, Mass.(Mass Appeal) – Herbs and supplements can help you reduce stress naturally. Herbal Information Specialist Jonathan Evans, from The Herbarium in Chicopee, shared tips to help you reduce your anxiety!Herbs to De-stress Your Life

ELEUTHERO ROOT (Eleutherococcus senticosus) also known as Siberian Ginseng. A mild but effective adaptogen, helps reduce stress, and depression. A balancing herb so that the highs aren’t so high and the lows aren’t so low.

LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis) nervine, mood elevator, useful for anxiety, depression. Pleasant flavor.

PASSIONFLOWER (Passiflora incarnata) mild sedative, nervine, antispasmodic. Very effective for those who have difficulty falling asleep due to “mental chatter”.Add a little hibiscus and a small piece of licorice root.

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra) This is not the Twizzler candy. An intensely sweet root is an adaptogen, and antidepressant. Helps strengthen endocrine function, especially the adrenals.

CHAMOMILE (Matricaria recutita) antispasmodic, mild sedative. Safe for children and adults. Helps with anxiety, insomnia,irritability, tension and frazzled nerves.

HOLY BASIL (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Also known as Tulsi, offers nerve system support, helpful for lifting the spirits,dispelling depression and increasing clarity of thought.

RELAX TEA (Hops, passionflower, scullcap,vervain, hawthorn,chamomile, hibiscus) HERBARIUM blend of teas formulated by Medical Herbalist Kathy Duffy. This tea has been used for decades to take the edge off, help relax after a stressful day and get a good nights sleep.