With 1 in 5 people in the UK feeling stressed more days than they don’t[i], and 39% of UK adults saying lack of sleep and financial worries are their main causes of their stress[ii], many Brits are exploring natural herbs and supplements to help manage their stress, anxiety, fatigue and exhaustion. 

When left unmanaged, prolonged stress can impact our productivity and emotional wellbeing, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and fatigued. Stress triggers the body to produce higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline, both of which can affect mental health, sleeping patterns, and can contribute to an increased risk of serious health complications. 

Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, co-founder of The London Sleep Centre and consultant neuropsychiatrist, comments:

“When our internal neuro-chemical systems are working normally, they regulate biological processes like sleep, appetite, mood and energy levels. If we are stressed, the Adreno-Cortical System is dysregulated, and our energy sources are diverted.”  

There are a number of ways we can manage stress through lifestyle changes; from doing regular exercise to meditating or structuring our day differently, but if you’re looking for alternatives to prescribed medicines, these five herbs and supplements have their own unique stress-relieving benefits.

Plant Power – Ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha has been shown to enhance mental clarity and boost energy levels[iii] thanks to its adaptogen properties, with a longstanding history of use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Adaptogens work by regulating the body’s stress hormones, helping to regulate its response to stress more effectively.

Ashwagandha can be taken orally on its own or with other vitamins and supplements. Pro Plus Ultra combines a unique blend of vitamins and botanicals, including ashwagandha, designed to improve cognitive function and aid productivity thanks to its energising and stress-relieving qualities.

Plant Power – Chamomile

A flowering herb, chamomile has been used for centuries to relieve stress and symptoms of anxiety, with additional benefits for digestion and other common ailments. The most common form of consumption is chamomile tea, made from dried flowers with varying potency. Studies have shown chamomile tea can help to relax and is particularly popular for reducing the severity of menstrual cramps and the distress associated with period pains.

Plant Power – Lavender Oil

Lavender has long been known for its floral aroma and is commonly used in perfumes and aromatherapy. However, uniquely prepared pharmaceutical quality lavender oil has been shown in more than 15 clinical trials to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms, with benefits evident in just TWO WEEKS[iv] and as effective as commonly used anti-anxiety medication[v],[vi].

The stress and anxiety-relieving effects of uniquely prepared pharmaceutical lavender oil is available only in Kalms Lavender capsules, used for the relief of symptoms of anxiety, such as stress.

Plant Power – Rhodiola Rosea

Another herb with adaptogen properties, Rhodiola rosea has been used to relieve symptoms of burnout, caused from excessive and prolonged exposure to stress. Studies have shown that two daily tablets of Rhodiola rosea can help fight fatigue and restore energy levels[vii], which increases our resistance to stress by balancing the neurotransmitters in the brain, without lowering blood sugar levels. This enhances our ability to concentrate, maintain focus, and promotes a positive mood[viii]

Kalms Rhodiola tablets, containing Rhodiola rosea, offer a relief from stress, exhaustion and fatigue, common symptoms associated with burnout.

Plant Power – Valerian Root

Valerian root is a popular choice that has long been used to promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve sleep, depending on the quantities consumed. Research suggests it increases levels of the chemical in the brain known as GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), which contributes to a calming effect in the body[ix].

Valerian root extract is a natural alternative to other stress relief methods and allopathic medicine, available in tablet form found within Kalms Day which is a traditional herbal remedy used for the relief of irritability, anxiety, and the stresses of everyday life.  

About Pro Plus Ultra

Pro Plus® Ultra is the UK’s first energy supplement to contain a unique blend of performance ingredients, including a patented slow-release caffeine that is clinically proven to provide a sustained energy release throughout the day, helping to aid focus and productivity. Always read the label.

Pro Plus Ultra’s Unique blend of ingredients includes: 

  • Slow-Release Caffeine – Provides sustained release of caffeine throughout the day, without unwanted highs and lows.
  • Ashwagandha – A plant-based adaptogen which may help to balance the mind and body, helping you to feel more energetic. 
  • Vitamins B6 & B12 – Contribute to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue. 
  • Ginseng – Supports normal cognitive function.
  • Guarana – Provides a natural source of caffeine.

Increase your energy and reach your peak performance and cognitive capacity with NEW Pro Plus® Ultra. Pro Plus® Ultra retails for £6.99 and is available to purchase from Superdrug

Please note, food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle.

About Kalms Lavender 

TextDescription automatically generated with low confidenceKalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety such as stress and nervousness, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Always read the label.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day capsules are available in Boots, Asda and online at www.kalmsrange.com and at Amazon. RRP £7.39

About Kalms Rhodiola

A picture containing textDescription automatically generatedKalms Rhodiola is a traditional herbal remedy used for the relief of symptoms associated with stress such as fatigue, exhaustion, and mild anxiety, exclusively based on its long-standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Kalms Rhodiola contains Rhodiola rosea. Always read the label.

RRP £9.99, available instore and online at Boots, supermarkets, and pharmacies nationwide and online retailers such as Amazon, Superdrug or directly from www.kalmsrange.co.uk

About Kalms Day

Graphical user interfaceDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceKalms Day is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress such as mild anxiety and irritability exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Always read the label.

Kalms Day tablets are available to purchase online at Amazon and supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide. Kalms Day RRP: £9.59 for 200 tablets or £6.65 for 84 tablets.

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