If you are constantly exhausted and don’t have enough energy left at the end of the day to do the fun stuff, like play with your kids, exercise, have fun with your spouse, or practice a favorite hobby it can feel like your whole life is one, big, grind. Nobody wants to be all work and no play, but when you have a low energy level that’s what it feels like. While ensuring that you get plenty of restful sleep and exercise can help your energy levels sometimes that’s just not enough. Instead of supplementing your energy with sugary soft drinks or snacks, try some of these herbs to help keep your energy level up all throughout the day. Also, keep in mind that vitamins can be used to improve energy levels also, more on that here: Increase Energy with Vitamins.
1. Oil of Oregano
If you have trouble keeping up with your daily life sometimes a lingering virus can be the culprit. Those covert viruses could show up as fatigue with skin rashes, pain in the joints, or other random pains. Oil of oregano can work as a mild anti-viral and help to detox your liver to get rid of those viruses once and for all.
Try adding one to two drops of oil of oregano to an eight-ounce glass of water twice a day to see results. This can help boost your immune system and aid digestion. Better digestion ensures your body takes the nutrients from the food you eat and helps lessen all health concerns.
2. Panax Ginseng
Panax ginseng or Asian ginseng is one of the most used medicinal herbs in history and one of the most studied. It is a proven anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to regulate blood sugar. Some recent studies even show that it can slow down the growth of cancer cells. Traditionally, it has been given as an aphrodisiac and to promote concentration, calmness, energy, and focus.
While ginseng is available in many energy drinks, these are commonly combined with a lot of sugar and caffeine, which may end up making you feel worse later on. Try making dried or powdered ginseng into a tea and drinking it once or twice per day.
Cordyceps is a club-shaped mushroom that has been used for its anti-bacterial properties in native cultures for hundreds of years. Known to increase lung function and strengthen the immune system, Cordyceps also has stamina-giving properties often used for aphrodisiac purposes.
Cordyceps can be difficult to find in the West, although it is common in Chinese medicine. Look for it in health food stores in powdered capsule form. Be sure to use caution if you are diabetic, as Cordyceps has a proven effect on your blood sugar.
Ginkgo is a great herb to use if you find yourself becoming mentally exhausted by the end of your workday. Ginkgo helps the body process energy more efficiently, starting at the cellular level. It promotes the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is what your body uses to process glucose for brain function.
Ginkgo nuts can be difficult to prepare correctly, so as with many of these somewhat obscure herbs, check out your local health food store or herbal shop. Any supplement that purports to promote brain health will probably contain Ginkgo.
Ashwagandha is a herb often used in Ayurvedic, or Indian traditional, medicine. It is used to bring a sense of calm and well-being to the patient, and also to relieve the stress of nervous exhaustion. If you feel you can’t keep your mind from spinning, this might be the herb for you.
Ashwagandha can be found in Indian or yoga focused health food stores these days. It is traditionally taken with warm milk and honey before bed. Try a quarter or half a teaspoon at night before bed to help your sleep patterns and restore your energy.
6. Stinging Nettle
It might sound sharp and nasty, but stinging nettles are full of many vitamins and minerals. While you can purchase stinging nettle tea bags, you may also be able to find them at farmers markets. To prepare a tea that will boost you up with nutrients instead of caffeine, boil water and let the nettles sit in the water overnight, then strain and drink.
Astragalus has been proven to increase metabolism, and so it is an excellent way to gain energy. It is also a very safe herb, and it can be found in teas and capsules in health food stores everywhere. Traditional medicine practitioners do warn, however, that you should not use it when you are already sick with a cold or fever, as it can sometimes work to make the virus stronger, instead of you!
As with any herbal treatments, you should use caution, common sense, and talk to your doctor about what herbal medications you take, as they can interact with prescriptions. If you have ongoing fatigue, you should consider seeing your doctor and having some bloodwork done to check for illness and vitamin deficiencies. Good luck, and good energy!