Utilising the goodness of herbal tea and its’ therapeutic components is one of the most effective ways to nourish your nervous system, as well as preventing stress from having an ill effect on your health. It is inevitable that stress, anxiety or depression will be a part of our lives at some point, to some degree. We can, however, adopt coping mechanisms to support this: meditation, exercise, or snuggling up on the couch with book and a cuppa!
1. Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
Chamomile is the ideal remedy for people who suffer with IBS-type symptoms, of which tend to be exacerbated in times of stress. For our digestion to be working optimally, our nervous system needs to be in a relaxed state- of which chamomile works directly on promoting. Chamomile is generally safe to use in children and also has such a powerful anti-inflammatory action that it can be useful in treating any condition where inflammation is present.
2. Passionflower – Passiflora incarnata
The part of the passionflower plant used in herbal medicine is the leaves, as this is where the most medicinal properties are concentrated. Passionflower is considered one of the most gentle, safe and effective botanicals used in western herbal medicine. It is useful for insomnia via its gentle sedative properties. Passionflower has been found to ease headaches, settle restlessness and improve mood.
3. Oats – Avena sativa
Oats is a gentle nervine, or nervous system supporting herb that is used widely for insomnia, depression and anxiety. The aerial parts of the plant are harvested just before they go to flower, and these parts are used for their medicinal benefits. Oats is often prescribed in times of stress, fatigue and nervous exhaustion. The medicinal benefits also come from the nutrients found in the oats plant- B vitamins, zinc, calcium and manganese.
4. California Poppy – Eschscholzia californica
California poppy effectively relaxes the nervous system, promoting a gentle sense of calm. It has also been found to reduce spasms and act as an analgesic (pain reliever). California poppy is useful for gently regulating sleeping patterns and reducing hyperactivity in children. California poppy is a wonderful herb for people who get migraines, nervous bowel or insomnia.