It’s always nice to have one part of your garden set aside for herbs that relieve stress. On my regular tours around my garden I would always make time (or just find myself) to pause by my tallest rosemary plant to rub some leaves between your fingers.
Whether you use these herbs that relieve stress medicinally, in your food, or just enjoy the aroma, you'll find many uses for them.
Herbs have been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes – especially for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Some, grown in other parts of the world with different climates to North America, like Kava Kava, an herb grown mainly in the Pacific islands can be effective at relieving depression and menopausal symptoms. You may not be able to grow Kava Kava in your garden, but search our list of some of the most common herb plants that are easy to grow at home.
Many of these plants fit right in among your flowering beds or vegetable garden, too. For instance, rosemary is as equally attractive among flowering plants as it is protecting cabbage from cabbage moths, carrots from carrot flies or beans from bean beetles.
If you plant it in your vegetable garden, you might want to set it off to the side where the shrubby perennial can remain year after year. Also, you may want more than one plant, but rosemary is easy to grow from seed.
Use: Leaves and flowers
If you, too, have ever brushed against a rosemary plant or rubbed some leaves between your fingers to release the pungent and relaxing aroma, you'll understand why I place Rosemary at the top of the list. (The rest are in no special order). Its one of my favorites.
Rosemary is so easy to grow, in your garden or in containers, to add to recipes or add sprigs to bouquets of flowers for an aromatic mood-lifter.
It has hundreds of uses but one you may appreciate is the ability of rosemary to improve memory. It’s also known to protect skin and vision, protect against certain cancers, and fight infection but it’s the scent of rosemary that I most find calming. It enhances mood and has even been shown to reduce cognitive decline in seniors.
The lavender herb is often called “the workhorse of herbs” and is highly effective in lifting moods, reducing anxiety and irritability and helping bouts of insomnia. Lavender keeps on working to act as an anti-bacterial to balance hormones and balance your immune system.
You can brew lavender in tea or place in a diffuser to relax you at bedtime. Lavender sachets have been used for centuries to deter moths in linen cupboards but place them in amongst your nightgowns for sweet dreams, too.
According to WebMed, licorice root has many uses, helping with everything from digestive system complaints and heartburn to osteoarthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Licorice Root actually has a natural hormone that can relieve stress, nervousness and depression. It’s a great substitute for cortisone and can also help your adrenal glands and your power to balance blood sugar levels. Since it has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic traits, it may help with menstrual problems, too.
AVOID if pregnant. Always speak to your doctor first.
Drink it in tea form or take capsules.
Use: Above ground parts of the plant
Another great way to relieve stress with a tea is to grow the herb, Passion Flower. It’s a very mild sedative which may help you get a good night’s sleep and is also used for anxiety (GAD), nervousness and depression.
WebMed lists many uses beyond just stress relief. You may want to do more research if you are looking for relief from the pain of Fibromyalgia, symptoms of menopause, ADHD or high blood pressure.
Just one more way to reduce the stresses and pressures of life.
Use: Whole Plant, before flowering.
Verbena Hastata (Blue Vervain) has been used since ancient times to cleanse the liver, balance hormones in women and reduce cravings for sugar.
It can calm your nervous system, reducing headache and sleeplessness, too. Are you one of those people, like me, who feel stress especially in the neck and head areas? Vervain tea may relieve that stress for you. Sometimes used with knotweed (smartweed) and peppermint.
AVOID if pregnant.
Some species of verbena attract butterflies and hummingbirds, that in itself, would reduce stress!
If you haven’t heard of the medicinal herb, Ginseng, you may have been living under a rock. It’s a go-to-herb for anxiety, to promote energy, fight depression and help your concentration and memory, as well as, boost your immune system and lower blood sugar.
Are you plagued by headaches? Try this member of the mint family, Wood Betony, an herb used since ancient times for anxiety and tension. Jethro Kloss, in ‘Back To Eden”, says Wood Betony is “unsurpassed for headache”…and he mentions many other uses, too.
Betony can lift your spirits, improve circulation and ease joint pain.
Wood Betony helps you focus on what’s important and get on with your life, happily.
Please, if you intend to grow any plants, or any of these 7 herbs that relieve stress for herbal or medicinal use, first, do your own due diligence. Study the plants, accept information from trained herbalists, and also consult with your medical doctor to make sure these or any plants are suitable for your health and will not interact with medications you may be taking. ALWAYS, check everything if you are pregnant or lactating or hope to become pregnant.
Some herbs don’t mix well with prescription medications, so before you brew up herbs for medicinal purposes, do the proper research to find out how they may interact with anything you’re taking.
An herb garden was a necessity during times when over-the-counter medications weren’t available. Now, you can enjoy cultivating herbs in containers if you don’t have a garden space and have a little herb garden indoors.
Herbs make a great addition to any garden or container space and can usually be grown easily. Online and book help is available that offer hundreds of ways to use these valuable plant additions.
I'm feeling really tempted right now to go give my Rosemary plant some tender love. Think I'll check to see if it's thirsty, too.
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