By Tiffany Sosa
Stress is the body’s heightened physiological response to stimuli, both good and bad.
Nervous tension, sleep disruption, and melancholy are all symptoms one may experience during stressful times. A constant release of these hormones from stress can result in a weakened immune response, over-stressed mind, and harmful inflammation. Plants with the herbal action: nervine can help you relax and de-stress, allowing for more enjoyment and a normal, healthy cycle of activity and rest.
What is a herbal action?
It’s the effect that a herb has on the body. For stress, nervines, adaptogens, and sedatives are great! But in this article, I will cover nervine herbs for stress.
Nervines are herbs that specifically helps support the nervous system.
According to a journal by Alternative and Complementary Therapies, “Nervine herbs have been widely used historically to treat mild-to-moderate cases of anxiety, and these herbs appear to be verysafe, nonaddictive” (2004). They are better for you than their pill counterparts.
Nervines are used to help relieve normal muscle tension, circular thoughts, wakeful nights, and the occasional worry we all experience from time to time. Below is a list of the top three nervine herbs for combatting stress:
- Chamomile Chamomile is an aromatic flower in the Asteraceae family. The word Chamomile is derived from the Greek for “ground apple.” It’s helpful for relieving general daily mental stress. It’s often used to help ease anxiety and tension and to invite sleep which makes it an amazing nighttime tea.
- Lavender Lavender is a fragrant shrub from the Lamiaceae (mint) family. It’s a calming herb that is often used in aromatherapy applications for its calming action. It’s most often seen as an essential oil. Just by inhaling the scent of lavender or drinking its tea can calm and relax the anxious mind. Lavender is a wonderful herb that’s known to balance emotions and eases mild depression.
- Lemon Balm Another plant from the Lamiaceae (mint) family is Lemon Balm. This herb has a strong but pleasant lemony smell. It helps with nervous exhaustion, anxiety, and depression. It makes a delicious tea, either from fresh or dried leaves. You can also breathe in the fresh herb for the calming effects of its scent. Now that we’ve covered these easy to find nervine herbs for the stress you can make teas or buy essential oils to diffuse for deep relaxation or sleep.
Abascal, Kathy & Yarnell, Eric. (2004). Nervine Herbs for Treating Anxiety. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 10. 309-315. 10.1089/act.2004.10.309.