Great Herbs for Relaxation
Herbs are a great way to calm your mind, lower stress, and sleep better. Here are some of my favorite herbs for relaxation:
Lavender is an excellent herb for relaxation. It’s easy to grow, has a calming effect, and smells great—so it’s the perfect choice for aromatherapy. You can also use it in cooking!
Turmeric is one of the most effective herbs for relaxation and reducing inflammation. It can help with pain, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Turmeric also helps with digestive issues like Crohn’s disease or ulcers. If you suffer from arthritis or skin ailments like psoriasis or eczema, it may be useful as well.
Valerian is a plant native to Europe and Asia but has also been found growing in North America. The herb has been used since antiquity for its sedative properties and is traditionally used as a sleep aid. It also treats anxiety and digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian root can be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture. If you are taking valerian for insomnia, it may take several weeks to notice any changes in your sleeping habits (this herb works much more slowly than others).
The flowering plant Chamomile has been used for centuries as a natural medicine. The part of the plant used to make medicine is its flower heads, especially its yellow-colored flowers. It’s also known as German chamomile or Matricaria recutita.
Chamomile is an herb to help relax muscles and reduce inflammation, which may help with sleep problems and stress. This can be helpful if you have trouble sleeping at night due to anxiety or stress.
In addition to helping you sleep better, chamomile has other health benefits. Some research suggests it may help treat stomach upset caused by infection with intestinal parasites.
Kava kava (Piper methysticum) is a tropical plant in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It’s known for its ability to relax the body and mind, making it beneficial for treating anxiety, insomnia, stress, and depression. Kava root can be taken in a capsule or as tea.
Passionflower, also known as maypop, is a perennial herb that grows in the southern part of the United States and Canada. The plant has small white or purple flowers with dark centers.
Passionflower is often used to reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, and promote relaxation. It may also help reduce an upset stomach and treat diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It’s important to note that these benefits haven’t been proven, so talk with your doctor about whether passion flower suits you before taking it on your own.
Generally, you’ll usually find passion flower capsules at health food stores or online in blend with other herbs, such as valerian root or lemon balm. You can take capsules by mouth one or two times each day before meals if you have trouble sleeping due to stress or anxiety.
Herbs can help you relax and find peace.
- Sage: Sage has a lengthy history of use as a calming herb. It’s been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues like nausea and indigestion. For relaxation purposes, sage can be steeped in hot water or added to tea blends to help ease tension and promote restful sleep. To take advantage of its therapeutic benefits, you may use one teaspoon of dried herb per cup of water (or one tablespoon per quart), steeped for 10 minutes before drinking hot or chilled.
- Chamomile: Furthermore, Chamomile is well known for reducing stress levels without making you feel tired or groggy afterward—a perfect solution if your goal is to relax rather than fall asleep immediately!
Wishing you a relaxing day!
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