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Strengthen nerves: 4 effective medicinal plants against stress

Studies like the TK Health Report show that more than half of all Germans are stressed out privately or professionally. Just under a quarter even believe they are regularly stressed.

Always on the go?

How are you? Are you stressed? Often tired, exhausted or exhausted with nerves?

In the short term, stress can have positive effects and encourage us to achieve a result faster and, for example, to be able to finish work early. In the long term, however, stress is counterproductive and harmful to health.

Symptoms of permanent stress

To do you and your health a favour, you should pay attention to this, to shift down a gear repeatedly and regularly.

The advantages of stress prevention

  • You can enjoy free time, weekends and holidays immediatelywithout first having to undergo a stress recovery phase.
  • In everyday life you feel fitter and more vital. This also has an effect on the psyche. You're less irritable and in a better mood.
  • Your Immune system is stronger and you are less prone to disease.
  • You save yourself time-consuming visits to the doctor and automatically have more free time.

With this simple but effective DIY emergency pharmacy you can arm yourself in the best possible way and create your own create effective, soothing medicine chest.

4 nerve strengthening medicinal plants

Here I would also like to introduce you to 4 medicinal plants that help to prevent and reduce stress. They also strengthen the nerves and make them more resistant to stress.

Oats (avena sativa) - food for nerves

Oats were a staple food before the potato came to Europe. And rightly so, because it contains a tremendous amount, precious nutrients for our organism. A real powerhouse! In the past, such foods were important because physical work required a lot of energy.


Today, the strength-giving properties are mainly used at the nerve level. Oats strengthens the nervesIt makes you more receptive, extends your capacity to concentrate, warms and gives you energy and strength. It helps to find sleep more easily and Relaxes in case of tension and anxiety states. So you can use oats:

  • Oatmeal or -slime for breakfast
  • Tea (available in health food shops and organic food stores)
  • tincture (available at the pharmacy)

Rose root (rhodiola rosea) - physical and mental performance enhancement

The rose root is a medicinal plant that lives under extreme conditions. In Siberia and arctic regions, on rock crevices, plateaus or in moors. Its adaptability is truly amazing. It is precisely this talent that it passes on to people as a healing effect.

It helps to be able to adapt better to situations. At the same time it supplies energy and increases the concentration capacityas well as the performance. Rosenwurz has its main area of application in burnout prevention and treatment.

Although roseroot also helps to find a calm, deep, restful sleep, it should only be taken in the morning and at noon. Otherwise it can disturb the sleep. Rose Root:

  • reduces stress hormones
  • stimulates serotonin and dopamine formation
  • helps with anxiety states and lifts the mood
  • shortens the time to fall asleep and extends the general sleeping time

Nettle (urtica dioica) - full of energy storage

Nettle is rather a classical medicinal plant for Detoxification Cures in spring or during inflammatory processes in the body, because it stimulates the kidneys so beautifully and thus supports the body in the elimination of waste products.


But I also like to use it under stress, because it is a real nutrient bomb and supplies the organism with many important vitamins and nutrientssuch as vitamin A, various B vitamins, vitamins C and D, iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, silicic acid, phosphorus and potassium.

Stress is known to be a Vitamin predators. This means that the body consumes in stressful situations, especially in Permanent stress...fortifies vitamins. That is why it is important to refill the stores regularly.

This way you can use nettle: The herb and seeds are used to fill the energy stores. The root is used more for prostate problems.

  • As SmoothieSimply place a small handful of nettle leaves in a blender with your favorite fruit. Dilute with water or vegetable milk until you like the texture. If you like, you can also add spices like cinnamon or cardamom.
  • In the organic or health food shop you will find the herb for a Tea PreparationPour 1TL of herb into 200 ml of hot, no longer boiling water, leave it covered for 10 minutes and drink 3 cups a day. If the floating herb bothers you, you can filter it out.
  • In the pharmacy you will find tincturesDepending on the package insert or brand, several drops a day are taken.

Fig / fig bud extract (ficus carica) - the relaxing bud

This refers to the alcoholic extract of the fig buds. This type of herbal medicine is not yet very well known among the general public. In specialist circles, however, the Gemmotherapy (gemma = lat. "bud"), because the healing information of the entire plant is available in concentrated form in the buds.


The bud extract of the fig has an effect mainly on the nervous and digestive systems. Since this article is about stress treatment and prevention, I will only deal with the related field of application. The fig bud extract is used at:

  • Stress,
  • Exhaustion,
  • Test anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsivity
  • nervous digestive trouble
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • inner restlessness

Book suggestion

Are you interested in medicinal plants and looking for high quality literature? Then have a look at Susanne Fischer-Rizzi. She writes very beautiful books that are accessible to everyone. I personally can highly recommend "Leaves of Trees" and "Medicine of the Earth".

This article is a guest contribution from Ruby Nail


I live in a renovated grain mill in the south of France and offer online consulting from there. I help people to integrate more relaxation and rest into their daily life and to improve the quality of sleep. Since 2008 I have been an alternative practitioner with a focus on herbal medicine.