Herbs That Calm You

Herbs That Calm You

Life can be very stressful. Stress causes many health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, migraines, and depression. Many of these problems can lead to an early death. It is important to find ways to relax your mind and body. This will increase your life span and help you to have a happy life.

There are many natural remedies to calm oneself. Baths and tea can be very calming. There are certain herbs that have been named calming herbs. These herbs include lavender, chamomile, lemon balm and more. If you need a mild calming herb you may use Black Horehound, Borage, Roman Chamomile, Hyssop, Lavender, Red Clover, Lemon Balm, Cramp Bark, Black Haw. For a moderate calming effect try Mugwort, Black Cohosh, St. John’s Wort, Motherwort, Lobelia, Chamomile, Pasqueflower, Skullcap, Linden, Damiana, Vervain. For a strong calming effect use California Poppy, Hops, Wild Lettuce, Passionflower, Jamaica dogwood, Valerian.

There are several recipes using these herbs that will help a person be calm. You may try these in baths or teas. These seem to be the best ways to calm down. Here are some recipes.

Calming Tea Recipe:

Use equal parts of Lavender flowers, rolled oats, Linden flowers, Catnip and Lemon Balm. You can buy 1/2 oz of each ingredient at a local natural food store. Mix them together. To make a day’s supply, use 4 tbs of blend per quart of boiling water. Pour water over herbs and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink liquid while warm. Drink one cup after each meal and up to six cups a day if needed.

Mellow Mood Tea:

1 tsp chamomile flowers, 1 tsp lavender spikes, 1 tsp kava leaves, 1 tsp lemon balm leaves, 1 tsp marjoram, 1 spray valerian flowers, 1-quart water

In a large pan steep chamomile, lavender, kava, lemon balm, marjoram, and valerian to taste in freshly boiled water. Strain out plant material. Drink teas hot or cool as often as needed. Refrigerate leftovers.

Soothing Bath:

One lemon cut in round slices, 1/4 c honey, 1/8 sea salt

Add ingredients to the tub as it fills. Lemon is energizing. Honey makes the skin soft. The sea salt exfoliates and cleans the skin.

Lavender Calming Bath:

Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to running, warm bath water. Soak in bath for fifteen minutes. This will help you sleep better also.

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Amanda Sullivan

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