Remedies for envy & jealousy

Updated February 21, 2017

Envy and jealousy are natural human emotions that can take over at the most inopportune times. Your best friend has just secured another promotion and envy burns within you because you have the same job title you did three years ago. Jealousy and envy create a strong stress reaction in the body that is instant. There are many home remedies for dealing with envy and jealousy, ranging from homeopathic therapies to psychological modifications.

Herbal Aids

Many cultures in the East believe strongly that herbal concoctions can ease spiritual and psychological issues if ingested correctly. In India, the recommendation to ease the stress of envy and jealousy is to chew 12 basil leaves twice a day. The belief is that the leaves are holy and a natural stress preventive. Sage tea, made from a cup of boiling water with fresh sage sprigs, is another popular remedy once cooled.


Many in alternative medicine believe that several vitamins and minerals help counteract and reduce the negative effects of stress caused from jealousy and envy in the body. Vitamins A, found in leafy greens and yellow vegetables, helps to ease stress and may even prevent it when combined with Vitamin B. Vitamin B can also be found in leafy greens, bananas, certain nuts and even yeast. According to the Home Remedies website, "the pantothenic acid in vitamin B complex can deeply affect the adrenal glands and immune system."

Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are also touted for their stress relieving effects. Information on Home Remedies (see Resources) suggests that calcium---found in dairy, eggs and almonds---is a natural sedative, easing tension and anxiety. It also says magnesium is a natural tranquilliser that may prevent stress-induced heart attacks.

Thought and Behavior

Western philosophies assert that the best way to remedy envy and jealousy is psychologically, through thought and behaviour modification. Therese Borchard, author of "Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression and Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes," discusses this at PsychCentral. She suggests putting the object of your jealousy, a colleague or friend for example, in perspective as a human being with flaws and insecurities of her own. Borchard also recommends complimenting the person you envy as well as taking a moment to recognise your own strengths to battle the insecurities that create feelings of jealousy and envy.

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Based in Southern California, Daniel Holzer has been a freelance writer specializing in labor issues, personal finance and green living since 2004. His recent work has appeared online at Green Your Apartment and other websites. Holzer studied English literature at California State University, Fullerton.