Using Herbs to Boost Energy Naturally

by Barbara Holbrook - Date: 2010-10-11 - Word Count: 548 Share This!

Our bodies are designed to get everything we need from nature. With proper diet and exercise, your body will easily maintain optimal health. But, what do you do when you're too tired for healthy cooking and too exhausted to exercise? Nature provides a remedy for that too.

There are many herbs that are known for their ability to boosting energy. Stimulating herbs are popular as a natural alternative to prescription medications. However, if you choose to use herbal remedies to overcome chronic fatigue it's important to note that these plants can still pack quite a punch. Consult with a professional before you get started to make sure that you're problems would benefit from this type of treatment. Once you're ready to go, here is a list of herbs that you might want to try:


Ginseng is widely used in many Asian countries. And, over the last 10 years, most Americans have become familiar with its energy-boosting properties. Ginseng is probably the herb that is most often used in products designed to increase stamina, metabolism, performance and alertness. It's found in many sports drinks and protein bars. Recently, research that ginseng also has a stimulating effect on the brain and may be helpful for memory retention among other things.


Turmeric is an energy-boosting herb that works much like ginger by targeting the digestive system. And you very well know that a problem-free stomach gives comfort and puts you at ease all throughout the day. This herb even helps ease gall bladder problems, too.

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola is an herb from India that works to rejuvenates and replenish the body after a long and tiring day of work. Like many other energy-boosting herbs, gotu kola is said to improve brain function. It's also a useful remedy for anyone who wants to naturally strengthen and build their muscles.


Maitake is a mushroom so, technically, it doesn't belong under the "herbs for energy" category. Mushrooms are fungi, but maitake works just as effectively as all of these other energy boosting herbs. Because it stimulates the immune system, it's very helpful as a natural remedy for fighting chronic fatigue.


The ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry. If you're looking for herbs to boost your energy, then this is the rejuvenating tonic you need. It's said that drinking this herb as a tea will give you endurance and may even increase sexual stamina. Ashwagandha also functions as an anti-inflammatory, so if you're feeling sluggish from joint pain it will help relieve the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.


Licorice can give you a little jumpstart if your fatigue is caused by overexertion. This root herb acts like a natural steriod, stimulating the body to produce adrenaline. Licorice can have a very strong effect and this herb shouldn't be used to boost energy regularly. Not only can it interfere with other medication, but it can lose its effectiveness with frequent use.


Astragalus is an herb used for energy that is especially effective with fatigue that is caused by a respiratory complication such as asthma, sinusitis or nasal congestion. This helps strengthen the immune system, which makes you recover from stress and sickness faster.

Always remember that just because herbal remedies are natural, doesn't mean they don't have side effects. You should talk to your doctor or herbologist before starting any herbal regimine for energy.

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