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7 Herbal Remedies to Reduce Exam Stress

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passionflowerSome lucky people can walk right into an exam and do their best without batting an eye.

If test day isn’t quite like that for you, then you probably would love to know how to reduce the stress you feel.

One effective way is to turn to herbal remedies. Practised for centuries around the world, herbalism is a great natural way to approach stress and anxiety.

The following guest article from Meredith Walker, shares seven herbs to help reduce exam stress.


Passionflower has been used for centuries in the Americas as a natural anxiety reliever as well as a treatment for insomnia.

Passionflower can be taken by capsule, diluted extract with water, or as a tea.

Take the recommended amount about an hour before your exam to help reduce stress. If you are experiencing chronic stress, you can take it three times a day.

Valerian Root

Another remedy used for thousands of years, valerian root is a popular natural alternative for treating anxiety, as well as several other issues.

Valerian root is available in many forms and can even be found in some commercial drinks.  Take valerian root about an hour prior to your big test for anxiety relief.


Related to the sunflower, chamomile is a popular tea known for its calming effects.

Scientists believe the Flavonoids in chamomile calm the central nervous system, thus reducing feelings of anxiety and panic.

Chamomile is recognized as very safe and can be taken three times a day. Be aware, however, that some people with ragweed allergies have reported having a reaction to chamomile.


Also known as wild hyssop or vervain, this herb is another good solution for anxiety.

Drink as a tea or put a few drops of the extract in juice or water to feel the tension melt away.

Some feel that those who carry their tension in their shoulders and neck are especially affected by the relaxing properties of verbena.

Kava Kava

The root of this plant has been used as a ceremonial drink in the South Pacific for hundreds of years. It is also known to help reduce anxiety.

There have been some reports of liver damage from kava kava, so those with liver problems should avoid using it. See your health care provider for proper dosage amounts.

Lemon balm

A member of the mint family, lemon balm is known as a calming herb that helps reduce stress and anxiety.

It may also improve alertness, making this herb perfect for test day. Lemon balm is especially effective when used with other calming herbs such as chamomile or valerian root.


Hops has been used around the world to reduce anxiety and feelings of restlessness. Take this herb as a capsule, diluted with water, or drink the teas. Hops often combined with passionflower, chamomile, or valerian root to boost its effectiveness and can often be found combined with these other herbs in teas and capsules.

This post was contributed by Meredith Walker, who writes about the online bachelors degree.
She welcomes your feedback at MeredithWalker1983 at


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