Stress herbal supplements: Do they really help?


A lot of natural substances and herbs are being marketed today as effective remedies for your stress but a recent study say that these products are most likely not the things that can help you with your tensions.

There is only little evidence that these natural and herbal products work well long-term and there are also claims that it does not necessarily mean they are totally safe because they are herbal. Here is a closer look to some of the most common herbal supplements people use to relieve stress:

Lemon Balm

According to small studies, the lemon balm can help improve one’s mood and also promote calmness. One research was able to establish that about 1,600 mg is enough to help someone calm down for more than six hours. Lemon balm is also considered as relatively safe.


The kava herbal supplement is formulated from the kava plant roots found in the South Pacific. There are studies which proved that kava supplements do not lower anxiety significantly. It has also been said that kava might be to blame in liver failure cases. Kava is not a recommended supplement by experts.


Passionflower has been used in stress relieving studies and was proven to be effective in lowering anxiety levels in mice. Study in humans is still limited to one research. The study done in 2001 established that about 45 drops everyday of liquid passionflower has the same effects as the stress drug oxazepam. More studies are recommended before it can be tagged as effective and safe for humans.

Valerian root

The valerian root has been used for sleeping and anxiety disorders. Combining St. John’s wort with valerian root was proven to be as effective as the drug diazepam which lowers anxiety when used for about two weeks. Other studies though did not show the efficacy of valerian root so further research is needed. Plus, some studies found out that valerian root is related to blurring the user’s vision and also alters the normal rhythm of the heart.