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Stress & Anxiety

Over the past few months, I've noticed a significant increase in the number of people visiting the herb shop or reaching out to me online, seeking guidance for the growing presence of stress and anxiety in their lives.

The symptoms they're commonly listing are:

  • Trouble focusing

  • Racing thoughts

  • Mood swings

  • Feeling overwhelmed

These symptoms can really put a damper on different areas of life, from work to relationships and mental well-being. If left unchecked, they can cause a whole bunch of other troubles like digestive problems and high blood pressure. Yikes! That's why it's crucial to tackle them head-on to prevent any potential issues later on.


Understanding Herbs For Stress And Anxiety

Have you heard of a not-so-little group of herbs called nervines?

Nervines are a category of herbs that have a beneficial impact on the nervous system. These herbs are often used to promote relaxation, reduce stress, ease anxiety, and support overall nervous system health. They can help calm and soothe the mind, enhance mental clarity, and promote restful sleep.


But not all nervines are created equal! There are:

  • Nervine Relaxants: These herbs have a calming and sedative effect.

  • Nervine Tonics: These herbs strengthen and nourish the nervous system, supporting its overall health and resilience.

  • Nervine Stimulants: These herbs have an invigorating and uplifting effect on the nervous system.

  • Adaptogenic Herbs: While not strictly categorized as nervine herbs, these herbs support the body's response to stress and promote overall well-being.

Incorporating herbs into our daily routine can provide a gentle yet powerful ally in supporting our mental and emotional well-being.


Here are a few herbs that I often recommend based on their effectiveness in addressing stress and anxiety levels.


Herbs For Stress And Anxiety

  1. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): Chamomile tea has been shown to calm the nerves. It is relaxing and also helps ease and soothe a nervous, upset stomach and tense muscles. This herb contains compounds like apigenin, which interact with receptors in the brain to induce relaxation and reduce anxiety. Drinking chamomile tea or using chamomile essential oil can help promote better sleep and alleviate tension.

  2. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata): Passionflower is indicated for people who have "monkey mind." They can't stop thinking, and their brain is constantly going in all directions. It can help to relieve nervousness, anxiety, and panic and help to restore an overall sense of well-being. It can also help induce and improve the quality of sleep.

  3. Kava (Piper methysticum): Kava, a remarkable herbal remedy for acute anxiety, offers fast-acting effects to help alleviate immediate states of anxiety, like panic attacks. The active compounds in kava, called kavalactones, interact with the brain's receptors to produce a calming and anxiolytic effect. Consider using it as a tincture in drop doses for optimal results.

  4. Milky Oats (Avena sativa): Milky Oats, harvested from the unripe seeds of the oat plant, are prized for their ability to alleviate stress and anxiety. Rich in nutrients such as B-vitamins and minerals, they nourish and restore the nervous system, fostering a sense of calmness. The presence of milky sap in the unripe seeds is a key component that contributes to their stress-relieving properties. Consuming Milky Oats in various forms, such as tinctures or teas, can be a beneficial addition to your wellness routine during times of heightened stress.

  5. Linden (Tilia spp.): With its sweet-scented flowers and leaves, Linden is a soothing herb with stress-relieving capabilities. The aromatic compounds in Linden have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to ease tension and induce relaxation. Whether enjoyed as a tea or incorporated into herbal blends, Linden provides a gentle yet effective remedy for promoting a sense of tranquility during stressful moments.

  6. Mimosa/Albizia (Albizia julibrissin): Mimosa, also known as Albizia, is recognized for its mood-enhancing properties. This herb has been traditionally used to address emotional imbalances and promote a positive mindset. Albizia's ability to uplift the spirit and ease feelings of stress makes it a valuable ally during challenging times. Consider incorporating Mimosa into your herbal routine, exploring its potential in tinctures or teas for emotional well-being.

  7. Nettle (Urtica dioica): Nettle, a nutrient-dense herb rich in vitamins and minerals, goes beyond its reputation as a physical tonic. This herb is believed to fortify the body's response to stress, enhancing resilience. Nettle's nutritional profile, including iron and magnesium, contributes to its stress relief qualities. Incorporating Nettle into your diet or consuming it as a nourishing tea may provide comprehensive support for managing stress.

  8. Rose (Rosa spp.): Rose has a calming effect on the mind and emotions. The gentle yet powerful essence of Rose can alleviate stress and promote a sense of well-being. Whether enjoyed in the form of rose-infused teas or essential oils, Rose offers a fragrant and therapeutic approach to stress relief.

  9. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): Lemon Balm, a member of the mint family, is a well-regarded herb for its calming effects on the nervous system. With a mild lemon scent, it possesses soothing properties that can alleviate stress and anxiety. Whether sipped as a tea, used in aromatherapy, or included in herbal formulations, Lemon Balm provides a refreshing and uplifting remedy for moments of tension.

  10. Lavender (Lavandula spp.) : Renowned for its aromatic charm, Lavender transcends its pleasant scent to deliver potent stress-relieving benefits. Lavender's sedative properties have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it an excellent choice for promoting relaxation. Incorporate Lavender into your routine through essential oils, teas, or sachets to harness its therapeutic qualities and create a tranquil atmosphere conducive to stress relief.


A Delicious Stress & Anxiety Elixir!

This recipe is made from a go-to herb for stress and mild depression that might even be growing in your garden… Lemon Balm! My Lemon Balm Honey Brandy Elixir Recipe is delightful! It’s not only delicious, but, it also helps to uplift the spirit and calm the mind.

You can enjoy it over ice, mix into drinks, or even drizzle over ice cream. It's a fun and tasty way to reap the benefits of this amazing herb.

Lemon balm: Has been used for centuries to reduce stress and anxiety by working with chemicals in the brain that promote calmness and improved mood. It enhances the activity of a chemical called GABA, which has a calming effect on the brain. Lemon balm also helps maintain healthy levels of serotonin, a chemical that affects mood, and this can contribute to reducing anxiety. Additionally, lemon balm helps regulate stress hormones like cortisol and has antioxidants that protect against damage caused by stress and anxiety.

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