How to Use Herbs to Keep Calm and Stay StrongApr 30, 2020 12:00PM ● By Kathleen Gould and Madalyn Johnson
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
2 oz lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) – relaxing calmative to help decrease insomnia, depression and nervousness.
1 oz nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) – strengthens adrenals to help decrease anxiety.
1 oz skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) – powerful nervine and calmative for anxiety and emotional upsets.
½ oz passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) – nervine and mild sedative for anxiety and depression.
1 oz slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) – soothing demulcent.
To make: Mix all herbs together and store in a glass jar. Use 1 teaspoon or tablespoon herb blend to each 8 oz water, depending on the severity of feelings. Put water and herbs in a pot, cover and bring to a simmer. Turn off the stove and let steep overnight. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Drink two to four cups daily.
Another plant to help calm nerves is the very popular hemp plant, where we get our CBD (cannabidiol) oil from. CBD targets receptors throughout your nervous system, providing a calming remedy for a nervous and anxious mind. Traditional medicines to treat anxiety have been SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), only available with a prescription, and may come with a long list of side effects. CBD oil might be a nice alternative to help manage your angst, without those harsh, and sometimes long-lasting, after effects.
CBD is user friendly. You can find it in sublingual liquid form, capsules, lozenges, topicals, gummies, and even bath bombs (don’t laugh until you try it!). Strength can range from 10 milligrams (mg) up to 3,000 mg, even 5,000 mg. And like any other plant medicine, know your source. CBD should be full-spectrum, non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) and organic.
CBD has been on the forefront of medicinal talk for years now for good reason. It works for most people. Finding a good-quality product and the proper dose are key, so talk with a trusted friend or health professional to help you get just the right product and dose for you! It might just be the answer that you are looking for during these trying times.
Once again, plants come to our rescue with a wide range of available remedies to keep you calm, strong and able to enjoy each day, “herbally”!
Kathleen Gould, registered herbalist, and Madalyn Johnson are proprietors of SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place. Gould has been an herbalist for 30-plus years and has extensive experience in herbal medicine. For more information, call 480-694-9931, or visit SWHerb.com or Store.SWHerb.com.
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