With modern times being so crazy and the constant doom and gloom that permeate the news, it’s no wonder we are all stressed out. I am much more calm and relaxed since I read “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” by Susan Jeffers. I realized that the voice in my head aka my chatterbox wasn’t serving me well and needed to be turned off or greatly silenced. While I recommend everybody reading that book, here are four herbs that will help you be calm and relaxed.
1. Motherwort – If you’re dealing with difficult life situations, are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, or just plain want to run away and hide, try motherwort. Susun Weed, author of Wise Woman Herbal book series, recommends one-half to one dropper of tincture two to three times a day, or as needed to help with anxiety.
2. Kava Kava – This herb which is native to Polynesia and Melanesia relaxes muscles while clearing the mind. Try this herb for every day stressors like public speaking and flying. Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women, recommends taking one dropper of tincture in warm water as needed (not to exceed three doses a day).
3. Milky Oat Seed – This herb helps you be less reactive to every little thing. It’s ideal for people who work themselves up into a frenzy. David Winston, president of Herbalist and Alchemist and co-author of Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy & Supplements, you should take four droppers of tincture three to four times a day and continue to take it for up to six months.
4. Lemon Balm – If you’re feeling down and want to take the edge off, lemon balm is for you! Great as a tea, add a handful of fresh or dried leaves to one cup of boiling water and steep for five to 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
Be calm and relaxed and you’ll be well, a lot better off!
P.S. This guide is for education purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Some of these herbs like Kava Kava should not be taken with alcohol or used by anyone with liver problems. As with any herbs, please consult with your doctor before trying any herbs.
Source – Natural Health Magazine September 2010