Top 5 Herbs For Relaxing
Nowadays many people may feel anxious. Fortunately, nature has some remedies when we’re in need of a wind-down. There are herbs for reducing stress, although they are not suitable for the treatment of severe anxiety or persistent insomnia. But they will help those who are annoyed, tense or having trouble sleeping.
Calming herbs — taken either as a tea or used in aromatherapy – may help you relax and calm down during stressful times. There are many well-known remedies which bring you feelings of tranquillity and peace. Different herbs have varying properties, so it’s good to check with a specialist before trying out. Below is a list of natural remedies to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Lemon Balm Leaf
Lemon Balm Leaf is a member of the mint family. It has a pleasant citrus taste and has been used as far back as the Middle Ages. Lemon balm is traditionally indicated for restlessness and nervous indigestion. It combats stress and anxiety, promotes sleep, and improve digestion.
Try lemon balm as a tea: take one tablespoon of dried lemon balm per cup of hot water. It makes a delicious and soothing drink.
Valerian Root has been used since for centuries to treat insomnia and anxiety. Its components relax the brain. Valerian promotes better sleep and improves its quality. It is taken by people with sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). Valerian is also used for anxiety and psychological stress.
You can make a tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of Valerian Root, steep 5 to 10 minutes. After this time, it's ready. Drink up to 3 times per day.
St John’s Wort Herb
St John’s Wort Herb is a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. It is a natural antidepressant. The herb is a mood lifter and mild sedative, relaxing the body and mind. It can be used as a sleeping aid. Some people take it for conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, seasonal affective disorder or chronic fatigue disorder.
Hawthorn Flower is used for digestive system conditions such as indigestion, diarrhoea, and stomach pain. It is also used to reduce anxiety due to its ability to lower blood pressure (it helps in hypertension). As a tea: Take 1-2 tsp of Hawthorn Flower. Pour 250 ml of hot water and let it steep for about 5 minutes. After this time strain the tea and drink.
Red Clover Leaf
This plant is a perfect ingredient to relaxation-promoting herbal teas. It may reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
It can be used in a relaxing bath: pour Red Clover Leaf into a mixing bowl and blend them with Rose Petals. Fill muslin bag with the leaves mixture and twine to create a small pouch and tie. The bag can be placed in the tub to float. Enjoy!
Please note: If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. You may need medical treatment or psychotherapy.