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Struggling with Fatigue? Herbal Remedies to the Rescue!

If you suffer from ongoing fatigue, there’s a good chance an infection, thyroid problem, inflammation, or autoimmune disease is to blame. Of course, chronic stress and poor dietary choices can sap our energy as well. While it is critical to identify and treat the underlying cause of chronic fatigue, medicinal herbs can help you along the way to regaining your energy and vibrancy.

Anti-Fatigue Herbal Support

Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus)
Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue- Lion's Mane

A unique mushroom with white “teeth”, lion’s mane increases energy, relieves fatigue, and enhances athletic performance. It is high in antioxidants which help to reduce lactic acid buildup in the blood, increase blood oxygen levels, and lower muscle fatigue. The mushroom also increases muscle glycogen levels, providing a readily available energy source for the body.

Lion’s mane has an impressive array of additional beneficial properties. According to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reported: “health-promoting properties of the mushroom fruit bodies, mycelia, and bioactive pure compounds include antibiotic, anticarcinogenic, antidiabetic, anti-fatigue, antihypertensive, antihyperlipidemic, anti-senescence, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties and improvement of anxiety, cognitive function, and depression.”

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue - Reishi

Those who regularly take reishi mushroom report a significant reduction in fatigue, increased mental health, and improved well-being and quality of life. It is also an excellent medicinal herb for adrenal fatigue, a disorder that significantly contributes to low vitality and energy.

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris)
Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue- Cordyceps

A time-honored herbal remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine, cordyceps mushroom is said to improve athletic performance and circulation, combat fatigue, and boost energy. It is an outstanding adaptogen that helps to restore health after exhaustion and is well-known in China for enhancing endurance and strength. It is also antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal. Cordyceps is an immune modulator as well and is helpful for those with autoimmune disorders. Many consider it a miracle mushroom.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)

If you have a high viral load, your energy reserves can be impacted as they are diverted to fighting the infection. Cat’s claw is rich in quinovic acid glycosides that treat herpes, Epstein-Barr, hepatitis B and C, HPV, HIV, dengue fever, and more. It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. These properties help to prevent infections and help you to heal. Importantly, cat’s claw is effective for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Do not use it if you have an autoimmune disorder as it may cause a flare-up.

Moringa (Moringa oleifera)
Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue-Moringa

Moringa is an exceptionally versatile herb with many beneficial properties. It is rich in antioxidants and active compounds that boost thyroid health, which helps to fight fatigue and encourages high energy levels. Moringa also contains significant levels of tryptophan. This amino acid stabilizes nerve and brain function by increasing the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that calms mood swings, insomnia, and depression. It helps to combat fatigue as well.

Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)
Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue - Golden root

Used for centuries, rhodiola rosea helps to improve energy, reduce chronic fatigue, and boost athletic performance. It is famous for enhancing physical strength and endurance, and allows athletes to minimize the effects of physical stress. Rhodiola rosea also regulates thyroid hormones so they function normally, which is part of the reason it helps to increase energy. It supports sexual health, libido, and stamina as well. It may also increase fertility. Avoid Rhodiola if you have an autoimmune disorder.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Struggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue - Peppermint

Simply inhaling the scent of peppermint essential oil can give you a mental and physical boost. Research has shown that this particular scent is effective for increasing energy as well as improving memory and alertness. And this study demonstrated that ingesting 0.05 ml therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil in water for ten days significantly improved athletic performance and energy.

The Link Between Inflammation, Immune Activation, and FatigueStruggling with Fatigue Herbal Remedies to the Rescue- Nicole Apelian

Research has established that fatigue is closely linked with inflammation and immune activation by autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and in response to infections like sepsis. Depression is also an inflammatory condition and often goes hand-in-hand with fatigue. Addressing the underlying autoimmunity, inflammation, or infection is crucial for healing low energy.

Personally, I have found great success with healing my severe fatigue by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, reducing stress and practicing gratitude, and using the products in my Warrior Bundle every day. The bundle includes Reishi, Lion’s mane, and Turkey Tail mushrooms for taming inflammation, improving brain health, and modulating the immune system. It also contains my All-Purpose (First Aid) Salve, Usnea Spray, and Elderberry Tincture for their powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties, which help to prevent and heal sickness. If you are struggling with persistent fatigue, give my Warrior Bundle a try and see for yourself!

Warnings and Cautions

Cat’s Claw: Do not take cat’s claw if you are pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant. Do not use if you have an autoimmune disorder as it may cause a flare-up. Consult with your healthcare professional if you are taking blood thinners or any other prescription drugs as it interacts with some of them. Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness.

Drink it in the morning as it has a stimulating effect and may interfere with sleep.

Cordyceps: Generally considered safe, do not use cordyceps if pregnant or breast-feeding, or have a blood clot disorder. Cordyceps is a vasodilator, avoid using it two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Lion’s mane: Some people are allergic to mushrooms and should thus avoid mushrooms. Symptoms of allergies can include skin rashes and difficulty breathing or even anaphylactic shock. If you have any burning, itching, swollen lips, or breathing difficulties, consult a doctor immediately.

Moringa: Consult with your physician before using if you are on blood pressure medication. Avoid use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Moringa may cause interference with fertility.

Reishi: Reishi mushrooms are safe, however it is possible to ingest too much. Use Reishi mushrooms from a reputable source or consult an expert. Think about avoiding reishi mushrooms if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, since safety has not been established. Consult a doctor before using Reishi mushrooms if you have a bleeding disorder. Do not use it before surgery, as reishi is a vasodilator.

Rhodiola: Avoid use if you have an autoimmune disorder as it may cause a flare up. Do not use if taking SSRIs, if you have bipolar disorder, or are using thyroid medications. Consult with your healthcare provider if you are on anticoagulants or ACE inhibitors.

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Hi this is great news but where can they be obtained from

Many herbal websites carry them.

Hi Karen,

Thank you for your comment!
There are links in the article for most of the remedies that lead to Nicole’s tinctures, extracts & more.

Many blessings and good health!

This is a great article the only problem is where to obtain any of the mushrooms?

Check Mountain Rose Herbs

Hi Randy,

Thank you for your question!
There are links in the article that lead to Nicole’s mushroom tinctures and extracts.

Many blessings and good health!

Hi I hear you talk about curing your MS? Please I need to know where to get the mushroom and how to use it ASAP. My wife (the love of my life and my reason for existing) has MS. I breaks my heart to see her slipping away more and more every day. There was a time when we would walk and enjoy life in general. Now she is in a scooter and has trouble walking more than a couple of steps. PLEASE HELP!!

Please look into low dose naltrexone! Game changer ….

There is a Ted talk about a doctor who reversed her own severe ms symptoms with a radical diet change. I recall a few of the foods; 8 cups leafy greens daily, rare red meat once a week, sea weed salad once a week, liberal onions and garlic for the sulphur content. Her approach was to repair and boost the neuro building blocks that ms was degrading. Best wishes

Hi Randy,

We’re sorry to hear this and we hope she’ll feel better soon!
We recommend reading the article below. It also has links to most of the remedies mentioned. Alternatively, you can find them in health stores or online on Amazon:

Many blessings and good health!

So I was having some sore muscle issues and relied on my “go to” for pain relief, peppermint oil. I used a small patch on the sore muscles.. I could not believe how much energy etc. I had!! I knew peppermint was good for use in place of caffeine, but I was not expecting the results that I had. I can attest to the peppermint solution.

Hello Donna,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! It’s good to hear that peppermint oil has helped you so much.

Many blessings and good health!

Any place besides mountain rose herbs that you recommend, it took forever to get my order from them.

They recently updated their shipping service, and they are right now working the “kinks” out. Hopefully SOON they will be able to get your order to you sooner.
I live only 20 miles away, and had to wait almost 4 weeks to get my order. but they said soon it will be running smoothly.

Hi Randy,

Thank you for your comment!
There are links in the article for most of the remedies that lead to Nicole’s tinctures, extracts & more.

Many blessings and good health!

Yes, YoungLiving Essential Oils from Mona, Utah. I have been using their oils since 1997 and find that they keep me in health. I am 78 years young and am not on any medication. I love their smell, not a day goes by that I haven’t used some.

Why didn’t you put the warnings in the body of the post where you give the herbs? Much more practical to read the warnings when you read about the plants!
Some people will read only the information they ‘want’ and leave the rest. Putting the warning right with the plant ensures that they will read it too.

PS: There is no such thing as “therapeutic grade”. It is a marketing term used to sell essential oils

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