Today’s lifestyle with careers, family, errands and housework leave us feeling frazzled at the end of the day. Instead of reaching for a drink, anti-depressants, cigarettes, etc, why not try something herbal instead?
Korean ginseng [ Panax ginseng ]
The most highly prized of all Chinese herbs, Korean ginseng has the reputation for helping the body and mind cope with extreme stress. In numerous clinical trials, there were documented improvements in alertness and performance.
Dosage: Take commerically prepared Korean ginseng according to manufacture’s directions. Korean ginseng is normally taken for 8 to 12 weeks, followed by a break of several weeks. It is not an appropriate herb for frail and elderly people or for patients recovering from drug addiction.
Lemon Balm: [ Melissa officinalis ]
Traditionally used as a sleep aid, lemon balm works wonders for those suffering from tension, stress and anxiety. Taken at bedtime, its soothing effect is felt immediately.
Dosage: Infuse 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried lemon balm in 8 ounces of boiling water. Drink 1 cup 3 times a day. The herb has a mild sedative effect, so if you suffer from chronic fatigue, drink the tea only at bedtime.
Lavender: [ Lavandula angustifolia ]
The scent of lavender has long promoted a sense of well being and relaxtion. Clinical studies indicate that inhaling lavender essential oil helps ease anxiety and improves feelings of calmness in a range of stressful situations.
Dosage: Add 4 drops of lavender essential oil to 10 drops of a carrier oil, olive oil or coconut oil is best. Massage the oil into the temples, or inhale the steam from 4 drops of lavender oil added to 4 cups of boiling water. You can also enjoy a bedtime tea of 1/2 teaspoon of dried flowers added to 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep 3 minutes, strain, and drink.
German Chamomile: [ M. recutita ]
Chamomile has a mild sedative effect on the nervous system, and also on the female reproductive system, alleviating the discomfort of menstral cramps.
Chamomile is a gentle acting herb and when taken at bedtime, relieves tension and promotes restful sleep. Sleepy Time Tea, Chamomile is a good choice, or any of the herbal tea bags. You can also brew your own chamomile tea from the dried herbs and flowers.
~ Meadow Walker
The herbs mentioned in this article are not intended to replace health care. Always consult with a health care professional before using any herb.