Does it feel like life keeps handing you lemons? Tried and tested by our Natural Health team these stress products help make (healthy) lemonade out of ‘lemony’ situations. Stress creates physical and mental changes in our bodies, but there are plenty of natural health products to help us deal with those extra demands and worries we all go through from time to time. These products are a great addition to your self-care toolbox.

For instant stress relief

Radiance Instant Calm is a convenient oral spray that is ideal for stressful situations, or when you need something *right now*. Kava (Piper methysticum) supports calmness as well as mental focus, helping you feel relaxed and switched-on at the same time. Lemon Balm supports relaxation and is especially suitable for those that suffer from a nervous tummy. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is excellent during times of stress or worry, it supports peace of mind and the body to manage the effects of stress. The discreet bottle is a must for the glovebox or handbag.

For ongoing stress 

For nervous system support during times of ongoing stress try Organic India Ashwagandha. Studies have shown ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) supports the body to maintain healthy levels of cortisol, one of our key stress hormones. An adaptogen, this herb nourishes the body while it processes and deals with stress, both short-term and long-term. It’s a good option if stress affects your sleep, as it can help you settle at bedtime. Ashwagandha is an ideal way to look after your body if you’re going through a rough patch and could use some extra support.

For when you’re stressed and tired

Clinicians B Complex is an easy way to boost energy levels and mental alertness when the going gets tough. We need B vitamins for nervous system health and to release energy from the food we eat, for physical and mental energy. This B-complex also contains choline and inositol as both nutrients are crucial for mental performance and nervous system health. One tablet gives a high dose of all the Bs for alertness and energy, so it’s best taken in the morning. Have it with breakfast for supported energy throughout the day. It’s vegetarian friendly and suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding mums too.

For when you are overworked

Superfeast Jing is a blend of six herbs and functional mushrooms designed to nourish the Jing energy of the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Jing is the life force energy that keeps us healthy, strong, and resilient. According to this philosophy, stress can deplete Jing and exhaustion and weakness are signs of this. This formula is designed as a tonic to restore Jing, support healthy energy levels, and sustain stamina so it’s ideal for anyone who suffers from overwork or needs an extra boost.

For daytime tension

Winner of the Best of Natural Awards Stress and Sleep category, Kiwiherb Stress Arrest supports feelings of relaxation during times of stress. It’s useful for when you want to ease worries but still feel onto it during the day. This formula is designed for immediate relief of nervous tension and can be taken three times a day. Kava (Piper methysticum) and Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) help to calm emotional distress and worry, while Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps with stress adaptation. It’s vegetarian friendly and flavoured with boysenberry and raspberry concentrates.

For a calming atmosphere

Dolphin Clinic Stress Less oil blend is a relaxing essential oil blend, perfect for a frazzled mind in need of some soothing aromatherapy. High quality essential oils of bergamot, petitgrain, mandarin, sandalwood and patchouli have been expertly blended for synergistic action and a pleasing aroma. Create a comforting and peaceful atmosphere by adding it to your essential oil diffuser, or put a few drops on a tissue to tuck inside your sleeve or your pillow slip at bedtime.

This blend is also a useful mindfulness aid. Practicing mindfulness involves focussing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly accepting feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations in a non-judgemental way. Focussing our attention on the physical senses helps bring our mind back to the present moment. Our sense of smell helps keep our minds running away from us and aromatherapy can help with this. Research shows that mindfulness practice helps the body regulate itself for healthy stress adaptation. This has short-term and long-term benefits for the body.

For when stress affects your sleep

Quality sleep helps us to deal with stress, but the catch 22 is that stress can mess with sleep. So, keep an eye on your sleep patterns – it’s important to act quickly if you notice stress starting to affect sleep. If stress is taking its toll on your sleep, Artemis Deep Sleep Tea contains a blend of relaxing herbs that supports a good night’s sleep - both sleep onset and sleep maintenance. In other words, it supports you get to sleep and stay asleep. A synergistic blend of Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Woodruff (Galium odoratum), Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), and Hops (Humulus lupulus) supports feelings of relaxation, helping you slip into restful slumber. The recyclable jar contains 30 cups worth of tea. Set aside some time and enjoy it as a night-time wellness ritual.

For babies and children

Any parent knows that wound up littlies can affect the whole family. Harker Herbals Children’s Calm & Sleep can make bedtime easier, by supporting them to settle into restful sleep. The hero ingredients are Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), both of which have soothing and relaxing actions, so it works for daytime restlessness too. Plus, it’s suitable for both babies and children and is easy to administer.

For anyone and everyone

Magnesium is our number one stress support mineral. BioBalance Liposomal Magnesium is perfect to help switch off a busy mind when sleep is needed and, as it supports sleep quality, it’s helpful for night-time waking, which is common with stress. Research shows liposomals are highly bioavailable and gentler on the stomach. BioBalance is certified B Corp company, it balances profit and purpose and meets the highest standards for social and environmental transparency.

Long term stress has far reaching effects on our health, so it’s important to be aware of what is causing stress in our lives. Consider whether a stressful phase is temporary. Or if you’re feeling stressed all the time it could be helpful to look at ways to address the root cause, which is key for long-term wellness.

Shop our full Stress Support range here.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

  • Radiance Instant Calm – PharmaCare Auckland
  • Organic India Ashwagandha – Good Health Food, Auckland
  • Clinicians B Complex – Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Auckland
  • SuperFeast Jing – Pure Ritual NZ, Upper Moutere
  • KiwiHerb Stress Arrest – PhytoMed, Auckland
  • Dolphin Clinic Stress Less Oil Blend – Dolphin Clinic, Tauranga
  • Artemis Deep Sleep Tea – Artemis, Dunedin
  • Harker Herbals Children’s Calm & Sleep - Harker Herbals, Waipu
  • BioBalance Liposomal Magnesium – BioBalance, Collingwood