Relaxing herbs are easier than ever to find these days. Unlike pharmaceutical medications, they are natural and generally safe for long-term use. These plants are calming to the nervous system and support your body’s ability to cope with stress in an adaptable way, rather than sending you into the “fight-or-flight” mode we have been living in since 2020.
A popular, adaptogenic herb, ashwagandha helps to soothe feelings of stress by supporting normal bodily function and balance. It has been found to lower cortisol levels in the bloodstream, a key marker of stress. It is available in tea, capsules and powder form. This is a great herb to take regularly, especially in conjunction with other herbal allies for relaxation like lemon balm and chamomile.
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Another adaptogenic herb, passion flower calms the nervous system and is a good sleep aid. It also has strong antispasmodic and muscle-relaxant properties. It is commonly taken in tea or tincture and can be used for children as well as adults.
This gentle, sweet-smelling annual is often paired with chamomile in tea blends for its own calming effects. It reduces anxiety and tension, soothes irritated or inflamed skin and relieves menstrual cramps. It can be grown in your garden or purchased from a herbalist.
Skullcap has stronger sedative properties than most other relaxing herbs. It can be added to a blend of other more pleasant-tasting herbs for a potent sleep-promoting herbal tea. You can also purchase a tincture of skullcap or look for it in Pukka’s Night Time and Relax teas.