Stress Hormones & Natural Herbs to Regulate them

stress hormones & natural herbs
Written by Ahmed El Faramawy

Stress ideally should be your friend. It triggers the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which prepare us for action.. and that’s good and useful in many situations, however, too much stress can disrupt these hormones, impacting our health.

But.. nature has a remedy of natural herbs and vitamins, that tame stress hormones and restore balance.

Adrenaline & Noradrenaline

Adrenaline (or Epinephrine) is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress or excitement, increasing heart rate and blood flow to muscles.  Noradrenaline (or Norepinephrine) is a hormone and neurotransmitter similar to adrenaline, also released in response to stress, increasing heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Herbs like Rhodiola Rosea or supplements containing vitamin C and B vitamins may support adrenal health and help regulate these hormones.


A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress, helping regulate metabolism, immune response, and blood sugar levels.

  • Adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha or Rhodiola Rosea may help regulate cortisol levels and support adrenal health.


Produced by the pancreas, insulin regulates glucose metabolism by promoting the uptake of glucose into cells, lowering blood sugar levels.

  • Cinnamon and berberine supplements have been studied for their potential to help regulate blood sugar levels and support insulin sensitivity.


Also produced by the pancreas, glucagon raises blood sugar levels by stimulating the breakdown of glycogen into glucose in the liver.


Produced by the pineal gland, melatonin regulates sleep-wake cycles and is involved in the body’s circadian rhythm.

  • Melatonin supplements are commonly used to regulate sleep-wake cycles, especially in cases of insomnia or jet lag.


Often called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland, playing a role in social bonding, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

  • Since oxytocin is primarily produced in the body, there are no natural supplements or herbs known to directly increase its levels. However, activities that promote social bonding, such as hugging or spending time with loved ones, may indirectly support oxytocin release.


A neurotransmitter and hormone, serotonin regulates mood, appetite, and sleep, among other functions.

  • 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a precursor to serotonin and is sometimes used as a supplement to support serotonin production. However, it should be used with caution and under medical supervision.


Another neurotransmitter and hormone, dopamine is involved in pleasure, reward, and motor control.

  • Tyrosine is an amino acid that serves as a precursor to dopamine, and supplements containing tyrosine may help support dopamine levels.


A group of hormones primarily responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics.

  • Phytoestrogens, such as those found in soy products, may have weak estrogenic effects and may help support hormonal balance in some individuals.


A hormone primarily responsible for the development and regulation of the male reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics.

  • Tribulus terrestris is an herb that has been studied for its potential to support testosterone levels, although more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness.


Involved in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and embryogenesis, progesterone is produced in the ovaries (in females) and in the adrenal glands (in both sexes).

  • Vitamin B6 is sometimes recommended to support progesterone levels, although its effectiveness for this purpose is not well-established.

Remember that regulating hormones with natural herbs or vitamins can be complex and often requires careful consideration and consultation with a healthcare professional.

These suggestions are based on limited research, and individual responses can vary. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen


About the author


Ahmed El Faramawy

Proud founder of & I write here about psychology & my personal life experiences, in a trial to help you feel better & succeed in your life. I'm really into writing about negative thoughts... Or maybe negative thoughts are just really into me :D