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10 herbs that can reduce anxiety and boost your health

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 12/10/2017 Katie Avis-Riordan

10 herbs that can reduce anxiety and boost your health © Eugene Mymrin / Getty 10 herbs that can reduce anxiety and boost your health We all know that for a healthy diet we should include our five a day, made up of a variety of fruit and vegetables. But something we don't hear as much about are herbs.

But now, expert herbalist, Rachel Landon, has revealed the health benefits of a special group of herbs, called adaptogens, in her new book Superherbs.

These herbs, including turmeric, nettle leaves and ginger, can support the body and boost your immune system, relieve stress and re-balance the body. Discover the top 10 'superherbs' here…

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1. Holy basil

This helpful herb can relieve stress and anxiety, help with insomnia and boost energy. It's great for people feeling rundown, exhausted and low.

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2. Astragalus

Now that we are hitting the autumn season, flu and colds increase in circulation. This is where astragalus comes in – the herb helps boost your immune system by stimulating white blood cell production.

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3. Nettle leaves

"Nettle is a superior tonic for treating exhaustion and fatigue," Rachel told Mail Online. "For those who are debilitated by stress and suffering from depression and anxiety nettle's high nutrient and cleansing constituents support the whole body but especially the nervous system."

Nettle contains calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A and C.

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4. Gotu kola

Gotu kola soothes the nervous system and eases feelings of anxiety. And a daily dose of this herb can help protect the body from illness.

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5. Rhodiola

Boosting the immune system is this herb's main function, as well as improving fertility.

"It restores immune function, balances blood sugar, energises the body to help lessen fatigue, and enhances fertility in both men and women," Rachel adds.

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6. Siberian ginseng

Anyone feeling exhausted should take Siberian ginseng, as it improves concentration and stamina.

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7. Turmeric

Turmeric is a healing antioxidant that is beneficial for the skin, digestive system and fighting off inflammatory diseases.

"Turmeric's potential is held in such high esteem that it is being used in clinical trials to test its efficacy against serious illnesses including Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer and to inhibit HIV."

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8. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is especially good for boosting energy, reducing stress and soothing anxiety.

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9. Ginger

Ginger helps the body release toxins, and is well-known for improving digestion. It's also a good ingredient to include when you have a cold.

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10. Amla

Amla is officially a fruit, but it can be used to improve circulation, help with high cholesterol and smooth digestion.

BUY HERE: £16.57, Amazon

Superherbs by Rachel Landon (Piatkus, £12.99) is available to buy now.

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