Herbal Remedies for Stress

Ayurveda chooses herbs that have the following qualities when it comes to stress management:1,48

  • Nervine—herbs that act as nerve tonics or sedatives.
  • Herbs that increase ojas—including amalaki (Indian gooseberry), ashwagandha, lotus seeds, shatavari, and tila (sesame). The aromas from lotus, rose, frankincense, and sandalwood boost ojas and calm the mind.
  • Adaptogen—herbs that increase the body’s resistance to stressors.

Popular Ayurvedic herbs used for stress management include:

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