Life comes with stresses and there is no avoiding it, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have a natural source to use that helps you wind down and calm your anxieties? When you face anxieties, you can have trouble sleeping, face digestive problems, have tight muscles and nerve pain. But…nature always seems to find a way to take care of your needs. Here are five calming herbs that have unique compounds that use sensory triggers to relax our whole bodies.
Lavender has long been known for its relaxation benefits. It is often used as the scent of soaps and candles to help soothe and calm through aromatherapy. It has even been used as a substitute for a light anxiety medication.
When our stress rises, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol makes us feel the effects of anxiety. Lavender helps by suppressing the production of cortisol in the body. A nice warm bath with lavender oil or better yet, a massage done with lavender oil will definitely help to release your tension. This should be done right before bedtime since lavender also helps with sleeplessness from stress.
Another calming herb is chamomile. Unlike lavender, chamomile is not best used in aromatherapy, although chamomile essential oils do smell nice and can help you relax. Instead, chamomile helps to relieve stress by ingesting it. This is best done through a nice hot cup of tea or with supplements.
Chamomile also helps to relieve any digestive issues that you might be experiencing due to excess stress and anxiety. This herb has been used since the days of the early Greeks and Romans so it is definitely a tried and true herb for anxiety.
Another herb used since the olden days is the lemon balm, a plant in the mint family. It is commonly used as a scent in furniture polish, lotions, and cosmetics, but its real potential lies in its relaxing properties.
Lemon Balm can be taken regularly to help treat anxiety symptoms naturally, even before they start. It is also an herb that helps you get a good night’s sleep. This herb can be made into a tea or supplement like chamomile or it can be made into a lotion that is applied throughout the day.
Maybe this is cheating since technically it isn’t an herb but a flower. Nevertheless, this plant can help ease your anxiety and insomnia. It was discovered in Peru when Spanish settlers explored the country. It was used as a sedative and anti-anxiety medication. Today you can find it online or grow your own.
Dried flowers can be steeped in boiling water and made into a tea or you can make a tincture out of it.
This type of basil is not used in cooking but it does have some very useful qualities. Holy basil is a calming herb that can also block pain. It will also help heal wounds and strengthen your joints.
This herb is great for treating the physical symptoms of stress and also have been shown to help alleviate any minor depression or anxiety. It can be taken as a supplement, steeped into a tea or the essential oils can be added to a bath.
Anxiety is a problem we all face at one time or another. Try to keep some of these herbs on hand so that you can tackle your anxiety the natural way and save yourself the added stress.