5 Herbs That Reduce Cortisol and Stress (Cortisol Lowering Plan)

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She grabbed my arm tight and pulled me back. I didn’t know what to expect, I never thought that this women had an aggressive bone in her body. She caught me off-guard so I spun around and in a nice, situation defusing tone, ask “What’s up”?  She continued, not that spot, this is the spot as she grabbed her lower stomach and questioned “how do I get rid of this”? A scene that has played in my head over and over again, from both men and women, is the answer to questions that revolve around how to lose lower stomach fat or more importantly how to lower cortisol.

Both men and women suffer from it and it’s easily the hottest debated topic when it comes to books or products about how to manipulate and change your body and lose fat through hormones. The great cortisol debate, as some might call it. While the some may ask if it is even an issue, those of us who have made it a hobby to study hormones and fat patterns on the body understand that, above all else, cortisol must be minimized in any fat loss diet.


It’s my opinion that if you want to lose fat, the process must be simple. Take someone who reads alot of literature (which you have every right to) and wants to know how to get six pack abs. They know they need to keep cortisol low then understand that if blood sugar is kept low then cortisol must be kept low so they shouldn’t eat carbs (every carb causes inflammation in the body, fyi). So they successfully diet this way for three or four months then they read the last newest diet guru talk about how carbs aren’t bad and you can include them. So he starts letting things slide, a bagel here or there, multiple cheat meal, then everything goes out the window.

My point being, is that you don’t need more information about cortisol, yes it can be good about 9% of the time, but you should focus on the 91% of it that’s bad and figure out how to lower cortisol and the best (and healthiest) option is through a good six pack diet and the use of these 5 herbs.

Reishi Mushroom: Reishi helps to lower cortisol due to it’s powerful ability to reduce stress. This is going to be a reoccurring theme so I might as well say it now, if you reduce stress then you lower cortisol. It’s very calming and can act as a sedative (great to take postworkout) and improve adrenal gland function, which is a plus for lowering cortisol.

Rhodiola: A fantastic adaptogenic herb, which helps to balance out the body. It’s also great for improving attention span, mood and mental clarity.


Green Tea: Seriously, green tea does everything good in the body. It works to lower cortisol and stress because it’s extremely high in antioxidants and also minimizes the effects of environmental pollutants, inflammation and other forms of metabolic stress.


Ginseng: A very well known herb that is also a great adaptogenic tonic that helps to reduce nervous exhaustion and tiredness, which when high leads people to drink more caffeine which increases cortisol.

Holy Basil: This cortisol lowering herb does its job because it’s amazing for the immune system and anytime the immune system is strong then the body naturally reduces cortisol. Don’t skip this one.

So go grab any combination of these herbs, get on a high protein and lower carb diet(ketogenic diets work great for weight loss) and watch the lower abs come in.

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  1. Mike T Nelson
    9 years ago

    Hi there Jimmy!
    Do you have any references for the ones above? Just curious as I would like to read up on them
    Mike T Nelson
    PhD(c), CSCS

  2. admin
    9 years ago

    A lot of the herbal stuff comes from herb manuals so they aren’t as research heavy as stuff on protein, you know?

  3. Marco
    9 years ago

    Be wary of the many claims that stress blockers work! Most are garbage. There are some great herbs available that will help eliminate stress. got weed? (Just kidding) When you find yourself in a stressful situation, know that you are merely perceiving the situation as stressful. You do this to yourself. Relax, breathe, take a moment! Stress comes from not doing the right thing. Handle it and move on.
    Great site Jimmy!

  4. Dan
    9 years ago


    You should really be careful what you say. I have a very real biological reaction happening to me when I am in a stressful situation. It is not created by some cognitive construct. I can feel the rush of very powerful hormones coursing through my body, that is not by my decision. Telling people that are struggling with a very serious physical ailment that they are to blame for it, is very, very bad advice. Telling them that they should be able to handle it, when they clearly can not, is going to give them actual cognitive problems because they will now start to think they are crazy or weak for not being able to handle it. “Stress comes from not doing the right thing?” What planet do you live on? “Handle it and move on?” You really should not be running a health blog, let alone doling out your bad advice in internet comment threads.

  5. Roberto Pemel
    8 years ago

    In addition the real relevant article here, I was propelled some of your other posts. I simply brought you to my Google News Reader. Maintain the great work. Care to read more from you in the future.

  6. sheri
    8 years ago

    Where do you buy some of the herbs that you have mentioned above?

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