A large number of people around the globe suffer from chronic fatigue caused mainly due to lack of quality and quantity sleep, unhealthy diet and working long hours at the office. It is very important to feel fresh and energized through the day to be able to complete your daily tasks satisfyingly. Besides, a fresh body also keeps the mind fresh otherwise a sluggish brain can cause disruptions in our work and make us lose focus.
Herbs are an integral part of the treatment for fatigue because they give the adrenal gland much required support for keeping the body’s energy supply at a constant and regular level. There are some herbs that are categorized as ‘bitters’ and they stimulate the body to manufacture energy from the food we eat. Let us look at some of the best herbs that can be used in the treatment of fatigue.
Herbal Remedies for Fatigue
Oil prepared using ginger root is effective in the treatment of lower back pain including muscular inflammation. Massage with ginger root oil is known to regulate as well as increase the flow of blood to all parts of the body which greatly helps in restoring energy and treating fatigue. To prepare ginger root oil finely chop a cup of ginger root and infuse it in two cups of olive oil for three days.
This is perhaps the most widely used and prescribed herb for the treatment of fatigue. Ginseng boosts the energy power of the nervous system and keeps the body safe from stress and depression. The herb is available in the market in supplement form but buy capsules with four per cent ginseosides. Two capsules of 100 milligrams each taken daily will greatly help reduce fatigue.
Reishi mushrooms provide energy to the body thereby reducing tiredness and lethargy and many herbalists recommend an herbal concoction of Reishi mushrooms to post-menopausal women who find themselves tired and fatigued most of the times.
Chop a handful of mushrooms and mix them with 3 cups of water. Place the utensil over low flame for 30 minutes and simmer. Drink this concoction through the day. You can even add honey to the herbal tea to improve its taste.
Powdered roots of brahami are given to students to boost their memory during exam time and the oil of brahami leaves is used on the scalp for hair growth as well as for keeping the body cool. When used in combination with vitamin B or riboflavin, brahami helps provide the body much needed energy to carry on with day-to-day activities.
Brahami, in combination with vitamin B, is available in many ayurvedic drug stores and about 3,000 milligrams of the capsule should be taken twice a day to feel fresh and energized always.
Take a potato and clean it thoroughly under running water and slice it into thin pieces; do not peel the potato. Soak potato slices in a bowl of water overnight and discard the slices in the morning retaining the liquid.
The water in which the potatoes were soaked would have large amounts of magnesium that is required by both the body and the brain to function properly. Deficiency of this mineral often results in unexplained fatigue and lethargy at all times.
Cleaver is used in many body cleansing therapies because the herb has the ability to detoxify the body as it drains out all the toxins from the tissues with the help of lymphatic system. However, tea prepared using cleaver is considered excellent for fatigue and its related problems. Even bathing with herbal water prepared using cleaver is known to fresh your skin and body.
Ashwagandha is an Indian medicinal herb used famously to treat problems associated with stress, nervousness and low libido. It is also prescribed for treating inflammation of the joints in people suffering from arthritis. The herb also has mild sedative properties that are useful in the treatment of fatigue. Prepare an herbal concoction using a teaspoon of finely chopped roots of Ashwagandha and 1/8 teaspoon of long pepper.
You can even add hot herbs like grated ginger, black pepper and cloves to the concoction. Add a teaspoon of this herbal mix to a cup of warm water and steep for 5 minutes. This drink should be taken 3-4 times during the day for a period of three weeks.
Acai berry is famously used in weight loss diets because of the ability of the compounds present in this herbal fruit to break down the fat and to facilitate its removal from the body. However, acai berry, when taken in the form of a smoothie greatly helps in giving you the much needed kick you require to start your day. This delicious smoothie keeps fatigue and lethargy away for the day.
Sun-dry the acai berry fruit and grind them to fine powder form. Prepare antioxidant rich smoothie using powdered acai berry and ice or frozen curd. You can even add banana, soy milk and nuts like almonds to make the smoothie more nutritious.
Herbal tea prepared using hops is known to help with digestion of food by stimulating the production of digestive juices in the body. Hops tea is also excellent when it comes to treating stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and hyper-excitability; all these conditions can result in fatigue. Drink a cup of warm hops tea thirty minutes before going to bed at night. This will help you sleep better and you will wake up feeling refreshed.
Lemon balm herb has a fresh and tangy aroma as well as taste that can be enjoyed during summers as well as winters. Infuse fresh and clean lemon balm teas in warm water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the mix and add half a teaspoon to the herbal concoction and drink it in one go. Drinking 3-4 cups of lemon balm tea every day for two weeks will restore your energy and help you perform your daily tasks better.
Ginkgo is available in many forms in the market but its primary function is to help with increase of blood flow to the brain. When the brain receives proper blood supply it results in more oxygen to the brain that helps the organ remain fresh and alert. To keep fatigue away herbalists recommend 15 drops of Ginkgo tincture first thing in the morning.