Whether you need help to relax after a manic day, you’re a little anxious and need to calm down, or you just want some help to get you ready to sleep. We can all be guilty of pushing ourselves too far and ending up stressed, strung out, or with too much adrenaline whizzing round.
I’ve covered natural energy boosters previously here and I thought it would be nice to cover the opposite too. For when you don’t need extra energy.
So if you find yourself suffering with mental or physical stress and/ or anxiety and often have trouble sleeping. Here are all the natural calming remedies you can use to relax.
Lavender is well know to be relaxing and soothing. It is a natural analgesic and sedative which makes it a wonderful herb to use to help you improve a negative mood, alleviate stress, and to fight anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Use lavender oil on your pillow at night to help soothe you to sleep, and ensure you have a restful night. Carry lavender essential oil with you to dab on your wrists and/or collar to help relive stress throughout the day.
You can also take lavender as a supplement to reduce anxiety, exhaustion, and headaches.
Chamomile plants have gentle sedative and relaxant properties. Gentle enough to be used on babies and children.
Chamomile not only relaxes stressed nerves, when you take it, it also stimulates the liver at the same time, to help eliminate excess hormones and even improve digestion.
Take in tea form on a night time to help you sleep. Or throughout the day to help you relax and relieve stress. Chamomile can also be taken in tincture form too.
Although hops are more commonly known for their use in alcohol, in their natural form they also have many medicinal properties.
Hops have a sedative effect on the nervous system. The relaxing effects make hops good to take for anxiety, stress, insomnia, and also IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and colic pains as it has a relaxing effect on your digestive system too.
Take as an infusion or tincture to get the full benefits. For night time use take a cool infusion before bed.
Lemon balm is from the same family as mint, with many similar properties. It has been used for centuries as a remedy to calm frazzled nerves and insomnia.
Lemon balm produces a sedative and calming effect, good for anxiety and sleep. Just alter your dosage for one or the other – a slightly higher dosage for sleep, a lower one for use during the day. It also combines well with Valerian as a sleep aid. The two together promote a deep, restful nights sleep.
You can take an extract of lemon balm 2-3 times a day, or as a tea.
Although mistletoe berries are poisonous, mistletoe leaves and shoots are powerful remedies for your central nervous system.
It can be used to relax deep nervous tension in the body, relieve headaches caused by tight neck muscles that can be a result of stress. As well as helping with high blood pressure and palpitations.
Use in very small doses.
Valerian is a natural and powerful sedative, and a relaxant. You can use it to relax the whole body and release muscle and nerve tension.
Valerian is also good for you to calm an overactive mind, or anxiety and nervousness. The relaxed feeling it can induce can help you get a good nights sleep too.
Use the roots of valerian as an infusion or tincture to get the best effects.
Oats are good for the nerves. They are great to eat in any situation when your nervous system is under strain and you feel your resources are being depleted.
Oats have valuable restorative properties when you are feeling down and during stressful times. You can use them to nourish, especially after an acute or long period of illness, and even prevent nervous collapse.
Take as a warm nourishing porridge as part of your daily diet. Or as a tincture throughout the day. You can even fill an old stocking with 1-2 handfuls of oats and add to a hot bath to feel the emollient moisturising effects of the oats.
St. John’s wart
St. John’s wort is known for its nerve restorative properties. Because it is slightly bitter it is also good for helping the liver to excrete depressive toxins from your system.
Use St. John’s wort, for not only stress and nerves, but also if you are suffering from conditions such as glandular fever, M.E and CFS. Conditions that affect your nervous system and have a long term effect on your body.
You can easily take an over the counter supplement of St. Johns wort. It can be found in most health food stores and places with a pharmacy.
Mint is well known for its culinary uses, as well as a digestive aid.
As an essential oil you can use mint externally to massage onto areas of tension and discomfort, such as shoulders, neck, and back muscles to help you relax. You can also take mint as a tea.
Mugwort, names after the Greek moon goddess, is a bitter herb that has mild relaxing properties. Amongst its other many benefits it can be used to relieve anxiety and tension.
You can try taking it before bed. Mugwort is also know for inducing dreams.
Take a small 1ml dose of mugwort tincture up to three times a day.
Wood betony can be used to heal many ailments and is an esteemed healing herb. It is a general nerve relaxant that is good to use for headaches caused from high blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.
You can also take betony as a supplement to support the liver and nerves. As well as nervous digestive issues such as gastritis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Use the dried flowers for a tea infusion and drink regularly. You can also make a tincture of the fresh herbs to be used when needed.
Vervain is popular as a herbal tea in France. It is said to resemble the nervous system and the signals travelling along them, which is exactly the system they are good for.
Vervain is a nervous system restorative and relaxant that is good to take for tension and anxiety. It is also good for digestive problems related to nerves and tension.
It is a good supplement to take while convalescing after an illness to rebuild a weakened nervous system. Vervain can also be taken to lift the spirits and rejuvenate your system if you’re suffering from depression or a low mood.
Vervain can be taken as an infusion or tincture, but tinctures ensure all of the herbs properties are preserved.
Lime blossom has natural soporific properties. It relaxes the blood vessels and muscles, and lowers blood pressure. It can be taken as an infusion to induce a restful nights sleep as well relieve stress and anxiety.
Make an infusion of the fresh lime flowers and drink regularly to reduce stress.
5-htp is a supplement you can take for a number of benefits. 5-HTP produces serotonin, which then your body converts to melatonin.
Melatonin plays an important role in helping your body regulate sleep. By taking a 5-HTP supplement before bed, and therefore increasing your natural melatonin levels, you can help aid a restful nights sleep.
Hope these help