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.