Soothing & Calming
Calming Herbs are herbs that benefit the nervous system in some way. They help relax and strengthen the nervous system. They can help reduce the feelings of anxiety and stress. Whilst many calming herbs also soothe, generally soothing herbs are those that soothe and reduce skin inflammations.
My TOP TEN Soothing & Calming Herbs
Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis – a mild sedative, that has a wonderful lemony and uplifting flavour. It is particularly useful for people who are angry, or perhaps having a tantrum!. It is even more effective when combined with Valerian in an infusion
Lavender – Lavandula spp – is particularly good for nervousness and insomnia and was a favourite of the Greeks and Romans. The essential oil can be used directly on the skin to ease tension headaches.
Chamomile – Matricaria recutita – a mild sedative, a cup of tea before bedtime can help you relax at night. Chamomile also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties making it particularly useful to soothe rashes, sunburn and eczema
Valerian – Valeriana officinalis - has a sedative effect and helps ease intestinal symptoms of stress
Passionflower – Passiflora spp. - has a sedative effect and is particularly good if you suffer from insomnia due to an overactive mind
Marigold – Calendula officinalis - known as one of the best herbs to soothe inflamed skin conditions. When combined with St John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum it makes an exceptional skin cream
Chickweed – Stellaria media – a lesser known herb, one found alongside many ditches and tracksides. The herb can be applied as a poultice directly onto the skin to soothe any inflamed skin condition.
Oats – Avena sativa - is one of those herbs that both soothes and calms. Ground oats added to warm water instantly soothes irritated skin, whilst a tincture of oats is known to reduce feelings of anxiety as well as being an anti-depressant
Linden Flower – Tilia spp a natural sedative, it is often combined with other herbs in commercial blends, such as Lemon Balm and Peppermint
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera - an Ayuvedic herb originating from India, where it has been used as a tonic to assist the body in dealing with stress
TAKE CARE – WHEN USING HERBS ALWAYS CHECK WITH A QUALIFIED PRACTIONER FOR ANY CHRONIC OR SERIOUS CONDITION