Herbs for Relaxation
Many mental and physical health issues can prevent you from relaxing. Learn which herbs can solve these problems while promoting relaxation. Here is a list :
- Liquorice – With antiviral and immunity enhancing effects, liquorice stimulates production of antibodies, balances oestrogen and soothes muscle membranes. It is used to treat the common cold, PMS, allergic reactions and asthma, and may be taken as dried or powdered root, or as a tincture or decoction. It is most useful for illness induced stress.
- Ginseng – Ginseng is a Far Eastern shrub whose roots have been used in China for more than 4000 years to treat stress and fatigue and to boost the immune system. The adaptogenic properties of ginseng enable it to inhibit stress reactions, increasing the body’s resistance to stress. It also improves mood and gives a feeling of well being. Ginseng may be taken as dried root, tincture fluid extract, powder or tablet.
- Feverfew – Feverfew flowers are used to treat arthritis, fever, migraine and trauma. It enhances the immune system by inhibiting excessive antibody build up and stimulating secretion of histamine and serotonin, reducing pain and relaxing the body. Though it’s taken as a tea, or dried powder of the flowers, feverfew is most effective in raw, leaf form. Feverfew relaxes you by balancing your antibodies.
- Lobelia – An annual or biennial plant also called Indian tobacco, lobelia stimulates quality and quantity of recreations in the respiratory tract, helloing to treat asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is also a good herb for those giving up smoking as a substitute and deterrent. It’s taken dried and as a tea. tincture or fluid extract.
- Valerian – Valerian’s dried root is used to treat insomnia, intestinal cramps, headaches and migraines, anxiety and stress. It lowers blood pressure, enhances bile flow, relaxes the intestinal muscles and normalises the central nervous system. It can be taken as a tea, tincture, infusion or extract. Valerian helps to relax your nervous system.
- Ginkgo Biloba – A deciduous tree with fan shaped leaves 5-10 cm across, ginkgo biloba aids blood circulation, stimulating the transportation of oxygen and glucose round the body. It can ease headaches, migraines, tinnitus and the symptoms of PMS and reduce allergic reactions. It helps you to become more resilient in adverse environment conditions. The leaves are taken as a tea and lead extracts are used in tinctures and tablets. Ginkgo biloba eases the conditions that prevent you from taking it easy.
Here is a recipe for herbal relaxation tea
- 1tsp dried feverfew flowers
- 1 tsp gingko biloba leaf
- 1 tsp dried valerian root
- 1 tsp organic honey
- 1 cup boiling water
How to prepare?
- Add the feverfew to a cup of boiling water.
- Shred the gingko biloba leaves finely and add them to the cup.
- Add the valerian root and organic honey to reduce bitterness.
- Allow the tea to steep for five minutes.
- Strain the tea and drink while still warm.