Q: Grandma, I am a 38 year-old mom. I am suffering from stress conditions and hypertension. My hairs are fast turning gray day by day. I need effective home remedies but I am allergic to any allopathic drugs.
A: Dear J, At 38, you are really in that age bracket when hair starts to turn gray. The graying of hair is variable between races, between genders and even between individuals. At your age, it cannot be considered premature. While it is inevitable, you can, of course, slow it down. Living in high stress can even aggravate the faster graying of hair and your medical condition (hypertension). While there are no direct links between stress and graying of hair, it is believed that stress can lead to the production of free radicals and stress hormones. These can wreak havoc to a lot of systemic processes including the ability of the body to produce more melanocytes in the hair follicles.
Stress is supposed to help you react to stressors, but too much of it can impact on the overall health. Thus, it is important to take steps to control or manage stress. You can do it on your own with some home remedies for relieving stress.
HOME REMEDIES FOR RELIEVING STRESS
1. Drink enough water – Staying hydrated helps your body function at its peak and flush out toxins. This also helps stabilize your mood and prevent energy slump.
2. Eat Green Veggies – Broccoli, kale, spinach and other green, leafy vegetables can help your body gets the right nutrients to handle the stress.
3. Eat Oats – Oats are noted for being effective against cholesterol. Aside from that, it has also a calming effect on nerves. Use it in your day-to-day recipes or start your day with a bowl of oatmeal and a sprinkle of chunky fruits to enhance its flavor.
4. Dine on pasta – Pasta makes a great late-night dinner because it has a calming effect on the body due to the serotonin that it stimulates to be released in the brain.
5. Positive Thinking – Stressors are not necessarily good or bad; it is more a matter of how you perceive them Therefore, the most important thing to manage stress is to change the way you take and view them. Look at things positively; find a way to turn or use negative experiences to become a positive one for you. Love and accept yourself and always do your best in whatever you do.
6. Herbal Stress Relief – There are herbal remedies that are gaining popularity insofar as stress management is concerned. If you are into some sort of snit-stress medication or therapy, consult your doctor to make sure that there will no interferences and untoward interactions between the drugs and the herbal treatments.
7. Distress with Chamomile Tea – This is an plain and simple-old fashioned home remedy. Steep the tea for about 5 minutes. Cool the tea bag in the freezer and put it over your eyes while you relax. 
8. Scented Bath – A warm scented bath stimulates alpha brain waves. In comparison to the rapid beta waves that people experience throughout any regular day, this brain waves can induce intuitive thoughts.
9. Stretching and Exercise – It is common for stress to cause the tensing of the muscles that make breathing difficult. Such can aggravate stress and other heightened responses. Stretching and exercise can very well relax tense muscles. Even breathing exercise can readily ease stress. 
10. Press your Temples to Reduce Stress – This is such a simple but effective remedy that you can do anytime and anywhere – at work, at home, on the way to work, etc. This is like acupressure. The pressure readily unblocks certain points in the body that indirectly relax tense muscles.