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Melt Away Stress and Find More Energy

Updated on April 14, 2015

Verbena Tea with Lemon and Mint

Stress Reducers

Soothing remedies can sort just about any kind of tension resulting in a happier, calmer more energised you.

Unwind your Mind

For calming brews that deal with stress, start with a herbal teabag and then add a tincture.

Create a collection of tinctures, they last for years and the following list can be used for many different reasons

Your kit should contain: Lavender, Oat, Korean ginseng and Wild lettuce.

Now find your stress profile:

  • Stressed and lack Energy

Add 20 drops Korean ginseng tincture - an adrenal energy tonic - to verbena tea

  • Stressed and not Sleeping

Make a cup of chamomile tea and add 20 drops of wild lettuce tincture, a gentle sleep remedy, and if you are extremely stressed, add 20 drops of lavender tincture.

  • Stressed and Tearful

Oat tincture restores the nervous system. Add 20 drops to a mugful of lemon verbena tea.

  • Stressed and Panicky

Create a tea with a duo of chamomile and verbena teabags, plus 20 drops of oat tincture.

The above suggestions are a delicious way to pause in your daily rush, find calm, create energy, and let your stress melt and float gently away.

How to make stress your friend

Sleep and Rejuvenate

Essential Oils

Lavender - has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.

Vetiver - helps calm and overactive mind, can be used for nervous complaints, dispelling hysteria, anger and irritability and also to relieve insomnia.

Chamomile - calming and relaxing abilities, especially on the nervous and digestive systems, regulating and easing the menstrual cycle. It has a soothing and healing influence on the skin, as well as a potent remedy for inflammatory conditions. (Do not use during pregnancy)

Frankinsense - In burners or vapourisers it can be used for bronchitis, colds, coughs and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce anxiety and cultivating internal peace and placing past obsessive states into perspective.

Unwind your Mind

If you are wound too tight to relax and get a good night's sleep, try a regular end of the day routine that lets your mind know it's time to stop and rest.

It can be simple, such as washing up or brushing your cat or dog, but a nurturing ritual for you is always worthwhile.

Stealing 20 minutes from your sleepless night is always worthwhile.

  • Dim the lights

Light a candle, the lack of light lulls the brain, run a warm bath. Lace it with lavender, vetiver or camomile essential oils - about 5 drops in a cup of full-cream milk swished through the water.

Make a cup of chamomile tea, or one with a tincture to relax you even further, while you soak.

  • Slide into the Tub

A warm bath raises your body temperature, with improves sleep quality, relax for around 10 - 15 minutes and drink your tea.

  • After your Bath

Smooth on body lotion, spray your pillow and sheets with a sleep mist containing a more fragrant relaxing essential oil and slip under the duvet.

  • If you have anything on your mind, write down the thoughts on a notepad and calmly forget it until the alarm rings.

Quickly de-stress - Combat breathing technique

More Stress Relievers

Deep Breathing

Relaxed breathing can bring about a change of state when you find your rhythm is out of sync.

Breathing, while gazing at a focal point outside of your self, breaks up feelings of self-absorption such as worry, self doubt and guilt. In short, relieves the pressure on all of the anxiety buttons.

Try the four corner breathing technique recommended by Dr. Lucy Jo Palladino a clinical psychologist, author of "Find your Focus Zone".

  • Find something with four corners, - a picture, a window a door.
  • Look at the upper left-hand corner and breather in for a count of four.
  • Focus on the upper right hand corner and hold your breath for a count of four.
  • Move the lower right hand corner and breathe out for a count of four.
  • Move your gaze to the lower left hand corner, silently say the words " Relax, Relax, Smile" - and do just that.

You may repeat the four steps over and over until you feel calm.

Light an oil burner using calming essential oils such as lavender, frankincense or vetiver, or an incense stick.

Stretch for Energy

I love simple, and this easy back de-stress technique combines one good stretch and effective deep breathing to straighten out the little tension knots.

  • Sit cross-legged on the floor, with your spine straight, OR on a straight-backed chair with knees together and feet flat on the floor.
  • Look straight ahead, ensuring that your back, neck and head is in alignment.
  • Breathe in deeply as you take your arms out to your sides, then lift them up high as you simultaneously take your head back and look upwards. At first you may run out of breath, but you'll soon gauge how much you need.
  • Link your fingers and carry on stretching your arms up above your head. Now breathe out as you drop your head right back, concentrate on breathing out. This will really help release all that stress and tension
  • Drop your Arms back down to your body and then repeat the moves 4 - 8 times
  • Do the exercise slowly and do one or two stretches at first, before moving up to more. It will work its magic on a tense back and energise too.

Fast Ways to de-Stress


The smell of cucumber is said to reduce anxiety.

Read yourself to a state of Calm

Research shows that just six minutes' reading can reduce stress levels by 68%.

Brush off Tension

Small, rhythmic movements such as brushing your hair can calm one. You can also brush or stroke your animals, always very relaxing.

Yoga Break

Lie down with your legs - from the back of the knees to ankles - are up on a chair seat. Put your head on a soft, flat cushion, arms at your sides with palms facing up and open. Stay in place for 10 minutes and then lower your legs and roll on to your side for a minute, before getting up.


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    • Lynn Savitsky profile image

      Lynn Savitzky 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      All of these sound really interesting. I'll ask my herbologist about some of them when I see him tomorrow.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      textandink, Hi and thank you for dropping in. The essential oils are lovely, so hope you enjoy them too. Love your pen name.

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      Lind M. Gaer 

      6 years ago from Manila

      I loved especially the essential oils, deep breathing, and stretches to kick off stress. I do the last two and I want to try the essential oils. Thanks for the tip!

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      7 years ago

      jtrader - So glad you stopped by - thank you for your comments.

    • jtrader profile image


      7 years ago

      I agree with you about the relaxing effects of lavender. Cleaning agents with that scent make doing household cleaning more of a pleasure.

    • Injured lamb profile image

      Injured lamb 

      7 years ago

      Great and useful sharing indeed, love the idea of Lavender essential oils, and frankly it's my favorite...thanks for the sharing, Shelly, be blessed always...

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      rebeccamealey, Thank you for stopping by and so glad the article pushed the reminder button!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Lovely Hub, CyberShelly. I have used the chamomile tea in the past, forgot about how it helped me sleep. It really did! Thanks for the reminder. Shared and all votes up

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      Qudsia Q 

      8 years ago

      Correction Note*

      This is "EVERY ONE' not "ANYONE"

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Qudsia Q, Thank you for visiting and leaving such a calm and restful scenario. Much appreciated.

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      Qudsia Q 

      8 years ago


      Voted up, interesting and useful

      This is a useful and interesting hub for anyone because one way or others we have to go through the process of stress. When I am stressed, I sit in a calm place with closed eyes and visualize beautiful landscapes that keep my thoughts away from current tensions. Images of green trees, meadow, flowers, hummingbirds, and birds of heavens evoke a sense of calm. Later, when I am calm down and my mind is fresh I try to find out the solution of the problem.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      f-de-jour, Thanks so much for visiting, we moved so I apologise for the delay in responding. I appreciate the comment.

      DDE, Glad you stopped by, thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      In order to avoid stress one should get enough sleep and live a balanced life

    • chef-de-jour profile image

      Andrew Spacey 

      8 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      A relaxing hub to read! Good ideas and easy to act on - the stretch exercise reminds me of some drama warm ups I do in class before the 'real' work begins. Interesting parallel.

      Thanks for this de-stresser.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Margarita Eden, Thank you for visiting, I so enjoyed writing this article.

      Olde Cashmere, I am so happy you stopped by and for your very generous comments. Thank You.

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      Olde Cashmere 

      8 years ago

      This is such a helpful and resourceful article CyberShelley. Love the creative ideas to rid ourselves of stress. Voting up and sharing. Also rated useful, interesting, and awesome :)

    • MargaritaEden profile image


      8 years ago from Oregon

      Love your ideas for every situation, in our stressful world these are very practical.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      vespawoolf, I am so glad the article is of help. I am grateful for the votes and the share.

      Natashalh, Trust you are feeling a little better now that the weekend is here. I hope so and thank you for stopping by.

      yoginijoy, Your chamomile tea and yoga positions are excellent as you know - hopefully my tips give your routine an extra fillip! Thank you for visiting.

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      8 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      What a great hub! I love all the tips, especially the tinctures. I usually stick with my chamomile tea and a few yoga positions to restore myself every night after work. These are great suggestions. I will add a few into my routine.

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      8 years ago from Hawaii

      This is so timely for me! I'm feeling overwhelmed by work and school right now. I've been thinking about getting lavender for a few days now to help me de-stress because I know I need it! Thanks for the extra ideas.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      We've all felt stressed and tearful, anxious, etc at one time or another. I've marked this for future reference. This is very helpful information and I like that I can have these tinctures on hand. Thanks so much! Voted up and shared.

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      Sasha Kim 

      8 years ago

      Oh goodness if I could only convince him that doctors aren't all "stupid" ^_^ My hubby is a silly one. I will definitely look into these herbs, thank you so much for your suggestions!

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Hi Mama Kim 8, Thank you for your visit, comments and votes. Here is a list to guide you. These are all herbs, which can be added to a tea such as chamomile, vetiver or lemon balm.

      Kava Kava reduces anxiety.

      Valerian reduces anxiety and tension.

      Melissia, combined with Chamomile Tea is good for tantrum throwers and will calm them down.

      Lastly, Fresh Oat - Avena Sativa. It is a slow acting, calming herb which builds up over several months. If he is stressed or stretched to the limit, feels emotionally frayed, and flies of the handle - this herb with chamomile tea is good. Ask a herbalist which herbs it can be mixed with to give you a faster reaction.

      A good multi vitamin containing all the 'B' vitamins, which one loses when stressed, in the morning to help him cope through his day.

      If someone is constantly irritable and angry it would be better for them to be checked out properly by a Doctor.

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      Sasha Kim 

      8 years ago

      Love all these great stress relievers! I'm a "Stressed and Tearful" thankfully it takes a lot to get me stressed ^_^ My husband on the other hand gets stresses way too easy and he's a "stressed and irritable/angry" which isn't in your hub... What would you suggest for him, I'll slip it to him ^_^

      Voted up and shared!

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Patty, Thank you so much for your enthusiastic comments and the votes. I really appreciate you stopping to read.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      8 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Great ideas for reducing stress!! Thanks for sharing this information!!

      Voted Up, Interesting, and Useful!!

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      billybuc, Thank you for dropping in and commenting. I always love your visits.

      sandrabusby, I have just read your hub on Normandy, and wondering if the breathing techniques will help when pure beauty just takes your breathe away! Thank you for visiting and sharing.

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      Sandra Busby 

      8 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Thanks, CyberShelley. Love the 4 corners and breathing technique. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very useful and great information.

    • CyberShelley profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      Healthylife2, Thank you for visiting, and your comments. Hopefully it will help with your sleep patterns. You can also use chamomile tea as a mouthwash to help with the chemo ulcers in the mouth.

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      8 years ago

      These are helpful techniques that are well explained and practical for reducing stress. I don't remember the last time I had quality sleep and will give the chamomile tea a try to see what happens. Voted up and shared!


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