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Tiredness, otherwise known as fatigue or weariness, is defined as a lack of energy or motivation. There are a host of mental and physical conditions that can cause tiredness and fatigue, including infection, sleep disorders and food allergies. If you feel unusually tired, you should have a checkup from a licensed physician to rule out serious illness. But if you suffer from occasional bouts of low energy and fatigue brought on by too much work and too little sleep, some simple home remedies may give you a lift. Because herbal supplements can have side effects and interfere with prescription medicine, you should consult your physician before taking them.

Vitamins, Supplements and Oils for Fatigue

Take a B complex vitamin that contains at least 30 mg of pantothenic acid, or B-5. According to the Easy Home Remedy website, a lack of pantothenic acid is associated with exhaustion of the adrenal glands. The B complex vitamins help protect nerves and increase vitality.

Take 250 mg twice a day of Siberian ginseng -- or Eleutherococcus senticosus -- making sure you have an extract standardized for eleutherosides, the active ingredient. Technically not a ginseng, this herbal substance is believed to help restore healthy adrenal functioning and restore both physical and mental energy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, Siberian ginseng was found in one study to increase immune system functioning, while another study showed improvements in memory in volunteers who took it. Take the dosage for two weeks, then refrain for two weeks, after which you may begin taking the Siberian ginseng again.

Eat generous amounts of green leafy vegetables, oranges, potatoes and lentils -- all potassium-rich foods. Potassium is vital to protect against fatigue. According to the Better Health website, a 2004 Australian study found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome had less total potassium than healthy people of similar age and weight.

Blend 3 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of clary sage oil, 2 drops of coriander oil, and 1 drop each of helichrysum oil, jasmine oil, vetiver oil and palmarosa oil with 1 tsp. jojoba oil. Sniff the mixture or apply it as a perfume for a quick burst of energy.

Deluxe Energizing Bath

Combine 1 cup sea salt with 1 cup baking soda in a small container with a lid that will stay on securely.

Add 7 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil to the salt mix. Put the lid on the container and shake it well. The rosemary and peppermint oils have energizing, revivifying qualities, while the lavender has a restorative and mood-lifting effect.

Pour the mixture into a bathtub of warm water, and soak for 15 minutes.

Follow with a cool shower.

Towel dry and apply a peppermint-scented body lotion for a refreshing finish, if desired.


If you have high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take Siberian ginseng.

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