Herbs for Anxiety and General Well-Being

We all want to feel better right?
We all want to be able to handle the overstimulating, fast paced world, right?
We all want to feel more complete, empowered and balanced in body, mind, and spirit, right?
That's why nature has provided us with these amazing plants, trees, and herbs growing all over. -
and YES - in the big cities as well!

So, as we all gear up for some noisy and loud days and nights ahead - with fireworks going off round the clock - I wanted to share some herbs that help with anxiety and stress.

These herbs can be used regularly to alleviate anxiety and stress and not just over this Fourth of July Holiday.
Keep on reading for my top relaxing herbs for body, mind and spirit.
 

 Linden flower with surrounding leaves

Linden flower with surrounding leaves


Linden Flowers - from the linden tree. (Tilia Cordata)
These trees are all over the United State. and Europe. We are lucky to have them all over the Chicago area, so wild crafting is very possible.
Linden is best known for relieving anxiety and mental stress. Having a bit of a sedative effect, it induces a state of relaxation for both body and mind and can be good for improving digestion as well.
Linden flower tea is a great choice for the elderly as it is very gentle and not at all bitter in taste. It is particularly good for those who who have recently lost a spouse, or who are supporting those in long term care for an illness.
 

 Everyday garden Sage - Salvia Officinalis

Everyday garden Sage - Salvia Officinalis


Sage - Salvia Officinalis
Sage is said to improve brain function, lower inflammation, and regulates digestion.
As it lowers inflammation, I consider it more of a relaxing herb. It is readily available everywhere as a culinary herb. Fresh is always best.
Sage and sage flowers can be used as a tea or put into recipes for cooking. It is an extremely versatile herb.
 

 The lovely, wispy yet strong, Chamomile

The lovely, wispy yet strong, Chamomile


Chamomile - Chamomilla recutita
I have to say that is my number 2 herb for relaxation. (number 1 if you are allergic to Linden flowers)
It is really good for mental stress resulting in physical tension (muscle tightness).
Fresh chamomile tea, which brings out the volatile oils, is excellent for overall relaxation. It is also effective as a dried herb (being a bit more bitter) and will also have some effect on relaxing and coating the digestive tract due to it's high mucilage content.
Chamomile is particularly safe for babies and children that have become overstimulated and irritable.
**However, as always, check to be sure your children are not allergic to this herb by testing a small spoonful of tea first and look for rashes, or other signs of discomfort that may appear.**

Hope this helps with the loud sounds throughout the next few weeks - and please take care of your sweet furry beings during this extremely stressful time of year.

Big love to you

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, practices herbalism, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Market Monster Smoothie!

Don't let the name of this scare you away. It's a treasure trove of nutrition, helps with seasonal allergies, and tastes super yummy.

I found this recipe on a farmers market website and tinkered around with it for a bit. I ma sorry I do not remember which one, but I want to shout out MAHALO! to the lady who started my mind going...

I am not a huge cantaloupe fan, but sometimes, I need something totally different, and I was looking for a way to help with my seasonal allergies without having to drink yet another cup of tea!

I used herbs that help with allergies in a tea as the base instead of nut milk or something else.

Nettles are excellent for nourishing your whole body physiologically. They are super nutritious and can even aid in helping to stop cravings for protein if you're trying to not eat much meat.

The biggie here is Elder Flower - an excellent herbal tea for helping with spring or autumn induced allergies. I cannot tell you exactly how it works, but it does help them from getting out of control. Clients have reported back to me that it does indeed help! Aah, the magic of herbs.

Originally this recipe was using only fresh ingredients found at the farmers market mixed with tea.
I added a few "non local market" items for here in Chicago and came up with this.
Try it out, you may be surprised :)

Market Monster Smoothie

Ingredients

half of a ripe cantaloupe
a large bunch of kale ( about 2 C.)
1 TBSP flax seeds or flax seed meal
2 dates
1 frozen banana (makes it creamy)
a pinky nail of fresh ginger - if you like ginger please add more
3 coconut water ice cubes
1 c. herb infusion (tea) of nettles and elder flower - a TBSP of each - cooled
 

 All the ingredients are here - except the ginger root piece which I already put in the vitamix with my tea.

All the ingredients are here - except the ginger root piece which I already put in the vitamix with my tea.

Put all the ingredients into a high speed blender and well, blend and enjoy!

Looking forward to try more market inspired smoothies as we have more available in the city at our markets.

Love to you,
Lisa Kai


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.