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Calm Supplement: What Ingredients To Look For

Stress is normal with everyday responsibilities and worries, but even with our best efforts, it’s still possible to find it overwhelming and need a little support. 


For many, a calming supplement is a good source of that added support. Like herbal teas, most natural supplement ingredients have an ancient history as calming herbs and are believed to offer medicinal help in other areas. 


As with anything you want to add as a consistent part of your daily life, talk with your physician before starting use, as some herbs can interact with other medications or have unwanted side effects. As you work to de-stress and find the calm in your life, a natural supplement can be part of your approach. 


Why Do You Need A Calming Supplement? 

With life and its many responsibilities, stress isn’t ever too far away. In addition, many people find that feeling anxious accompanies that stress, and managing both or either can take time and effort. 


Some signs to watch for that might suggest you need to consider taking steps to manage the stress and anxiety in your life include:


  • Increased heartbeat 
  • Increased irritability 
  • Muscle tension 
  • Headaches 
  • Unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Feeling of dread
  • Sense of oncoming doom
  • Increased susceptibility to getting sick
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you realize it’s time to get your stress and anxiousness under control, you may want to implement some of these tips to help:


  • Establish a sleep schedule 
  • Maintain a healthy diet 
  • Exercise regularly 
  • Meditate 
  • Take a calming supplement 
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Time management 

One of the easiest ways to start your layered approach to stress management is by introducing a calming supplement. 


Before you can effectively add a calm supplement, you’ll want to know what ingredients you should look for on the label.


What Ingredients Should You Look For In Your Calm Supplement? 

Before you begin to discuss your calming supplement options with your doctor, you will want to know what ingredients you should look for in your calm supplement. 


Here are some of the key ingredients you should look for and important information about each. 


Chamomile 

Chamomile has a long history and a claim to fame as a calming herb. This daisy-like flowering herb can help minimize the effects associated with anxiousness and stress when taken consistently. 


It has traditionally been consumed as an herbal tea before bed to promote sleep and calm your mind. It can also be found in calm supplements like the Complete Calm System. These supplements incorporate this classic calming herb quickly, easily, and tasty in their fun gummy form.



Allergic reactions do happen for some people when consuming chamomile. Typically chamomile allergies occur in people who also have allergic reactions to other plants like:


  • Ragweed
  • Marigolds
  • Daisies
  • Chrysanthemums

This is an example of why it’s important to talk with your doctor first. 


Lemon Balm 

Lemon balm has roots as an herbal tea used for treating anxious feelings that date back to the Middle Ages. This citrusy-mint flavored herb can be used in food or as an herbal tea to soothe discomfort from things like anxiousness and upset tummies dealing with gas, bloating, and even colic. 


This herb can also promote sleep which is one reason why you will find it in the de-stress blend and the sleep blend of the Complete Calm System.


Passionflower 

Native Americans and Europeans used passionflower for a range of ailments. It has been used topically to treat skin irritations like wounds or boils, but it’s most commonly served as an herbal tea.


Passionflower tea has a grassy, earthy taste, and it is used in other beverages for its flavor. This vine can help calm and quiet the mind when you’re feeling anxious. It’s also been used to help encourage restful sleep.

Passionflower seems to be helpful as a calming herb because it boosts the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in our brains. This compound can slow down your racing thoughts. With your mind quieted, you may find it easier to relax and ultimately easier to fall asleep.


Passionflower tea-drinkers have reported improvements in their sleep quality. If an earthy herbal tea isn’t right for you, it can be found in supplement form as part of the Complete Calm System’s blend.


Holy Basil

Holy Basil is not your typical basil. This peppery plant is used in the Indian traditional medicine system, Ayurveda, to help in various ways. Research to prove some theories about the benefits of Holy Basil is still needed, but it is believed to have many uses, including help with soothing tension and decreasing pain. 


According to Ayurveda, this aromatic plant is thought to be an ‘elixir of life,’ and it is believed to have no equal. It can be served as an herbal tea or tincture, but it can also be found as part of a calm supplement. 


Rhodiola 

This calming herb can be found in the cold and mountainous regions of Asia and Europe. It is also called ‘golden root,’ and its roots contain over 140 active ingredients, like rosavin and salidroside. 


For centuries, people in Russia and Scandinavian countries have been using Rhodiola for its benefits. Research is still needed to confirm how it helps the body. It is traditionally used to help:


  • Reduce anxiousness
  • Reduce mental fatigue
  • Elevate mood and improve a sense of well-being

Rhodiola’s root is an adaptogen, and adaptogens boost the body’s resistance to stress. Consumption of the root is thought to help the body when stress is present. 


Saffron 

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice due to its extensive harvest and production process. A single pound can cost up to $10,000, so it’s a good thing you don’t need a lot of it. 


With origins in Greece, saffron is traditionally used in savory dishes for its flavor and aroma. You may be most familiar with it as a spice in rice dishes. 


It is believed to help elevate mood. When you see the beautiful yellow and orange color of the tip of the saffron crocus thread where saffron comes from, it is easy to imagine this bright spice brightening your mood and giving you an overall sense of well-being. 


You can add it to dishes like rice or pasta. It works so well in these dishes because steeping or soaking in hot water allows the flavor to really come out. Outside of its use as a spice in dishes, saffron can also be found in calming supplements like Complete Calm System. 


There are also over ten clinical studies with the patented Persian saffron extract that prove this award-winning extract can naturally support emotional health and help improve your quality of sleep. 


Ginseng

Ginseng is a root with ancient roots. It has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine, but ginseng, often called Panax ginseng, is a root found on plants of the genus Panax. It can be found in Korea, South China, and America. 


Ginseng is believed to have many medicinal benefits. American ginseng is thought to aid in relaxation. While Asian ginseng is considered to be invigorating. One of the primary reasons people consume ginseng is to help boost the brain's cognitive functions in areas such as memory and mood elevation.


Ginseng can be eaten raw, added to foods, or served as an herbal tea. However, it has increasingly been made available as a supplement, and you should check your calming supplement’s label for this ingredient.


Where Can You Find All Those Ingredients? 

Unless you find the right blend, adding all those herbs and extracts could mean a lot of tea in your future. However, calming supplements like the Complete Calm System contain all these herbs and extracts in a tasty gummy that can help soothe your tension and ease your worried thoughts quickly and easily.


When you feel stressed and are looking to add something to your routine that can help, you want something that will easily incorporate into your day. 


Summary 

Calming supplements can be a healthy part of your overall approach to managing stress and anxiousness. When you’re trying to find the right one for you, it’s important to know what ingredients to look for in your supplement. 


Like herbal teas and remedies of the past, you’ll find some of the same calming herbs and extracts in your calming supplement. This provides a quick and easy way to incorporate those same herbs into your daily life. 

 

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Sources:

Chamomile | NCCIH 

A double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of the effects of Passiflora incarnata (passionflower) herbal tea on subjective sleep quality | pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

Health promoting potential of herbal teas and tinctures from Artemisia campestris subsp. maritima: from traditional remedies to prospective products | ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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