6 Herbal Remedies for Fatigue and Exhaustion That Can Change Your Whole Day
Tired all the time? Natural cures for fatigue can be found in an herbal remedy.
Why are you so tired all the time?
If you find yourself sleeping through multiple morning alarms or wishing you had a place at work to secretly snooze midday, chances are you suffer from fatigue or exhaustion. These are medical reasons you feel tired all the time, but fatigue not related to a specific medical issue could stem from a number of causes including inadequate or interrupted sleep, poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, and jet lag. Luckily, many natural remedies for chronic fatigue can be found in the power of herbs. Next time you find yourself reaching for caffeine or sugar to combat the midday slump, consider these home remedies for your chronic fatigue.
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If exhaustion has you functioning in zombie-mode and reaching for multiple cups of coffee per day, you could have adrenal fatigue. Two small glands located on top of your kidneys, known as the adrenal glands, are responsible for the creation of cortisol. While this hormone plays a crucial role in the body’s stress response, ongoing stress can cause the glands to produce inadequate levels of cortisol, leaving you fatigued and moody. (These are signs stress could be making you sick.) Licorice root, in standardized form, is a commonly used natural remedy for chronic fatigue. This herb, which helps regulate normal system function and allows your body to better cope with stress, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To help restore cortisol levels, look for standardized licorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications as interactions can occur.
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This herb has earned its reputation as a leading natural cure for fatigue over the past 5,000 years. Research backs the fatigue-fighting claims of ginseng; studies have found ginseng has helped cancer patients battling severe exhaustion. Look for panax ginseng available in tea, liquid, or supplement form. Anyone taking antidepressants, diabetes, or blood clotting medication should consult their physician first. Here’s more about how ginseng can boost your health.
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Another great home remedy for chronic fatigue can be found in maca. This plant is part of the cruciferous family (think Brussels sprouts), and is known for giving a caffeine-like energy boost minus the jitters and shakes. People who use maca root continuously report feeling more alert, driven, and energetic. In some cultures, Maca is prepared as a roasted or baked food or in a soup. Those seeking maca root as a remedy for exhaustion typically find it in powders, liquid extracts and capsules. Anyone with thyroid issues should consult with their physician before taking maca.
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While Royal Jelly doesn’t fall into the herb category, it is another great example of a home remedy for tiredness. This milky-white substance produced in the glands of nurse bees is widely used in Chinese medicine for fatigue, depression, and many more ailments. Loaded with B vitamins, Royal Jelly can decrease fatigue and increase endurance by increasing oxygen consumption in those who use it. It is available for internal use via capsules or in a base of honey. Consult with your physician first if you take blood thinners. Check out these tips to boost energy levels after lunch.
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Often called Eleuthero, the root of this small, woody shrub is commonly used as a natural remedy for chronic fatigue in Chinese medicine. It is said to help improve energy levels and increase muscle function. Completely different than panax ginseng, siberian ginseng is made up of eleutherosides found in the root of the shrub. It is available in liquid extract, capsules, powder, and as a tea. Anyone taking blood thinners or antidepressants or who has diabetes or an autoimmune condition should speak with their physician before using this product.
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This medicinal fungi is touted in Chinese medicine as a leading natural cure for combatting fatigue, improving muscle weakness, and increasing athletic performance. Typically ingested in powder, capsule, and liquid form, some people break capsules open and add the powder to soup or tea. Anyone taking immunosuppressants or steroids should speak with their physician before using cordyceps.