Below are several herbs for treating anxiety and stress but won’t leave you feeling groggy making them ideal for daytime use. All of these herbs not only ease anxiety but provide a general lift in mood and energy. Try brewing them as a tea or using a prepared tincture to take for a mid-afternoon slump, when you’re feeling tired and overworked or just as a general pick me up.
This is a wonderful herb for all-around happiness, reduction in anxiety and mild depression. It is a part of the mint family and has a lemon-like scent and flavor. It is particularly useful for treating anxiety when chilled. Drink this tea iced or mix it with lemonade when you are feeling anxious, have tension, low energy or a general feeling of sadness. In addition to being an amazing mood lifter, lemon balm is also highly useful for allergies and digestive disorders.
Otherwise known as Tulsi; this herb is available in great abundance and is relatively easy to grow. There are several varieties that offer a mint or peppery like flavor, both of which blend well with green tea. This herb has long been revered in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to provide a Zen-like state of mind for being both calming and energizing. It is a wonderful choice for treating anxiety and is thought to be extremely helpful for grief-related stress and exhaustion. Holy Basil is quickly becoming popular around the world and is generally easy to find as tea in your local health food store.
St. John’s Wort
This herb is sometimes known as “The Restorer” for its ability to treat exhaustion, stress and mild depression. It contains hypericin; a stimulant for dopamine that can ease depression and stabilize your overall mood. Being one of the most effective nervines isn’t it’s only benefit. It also treats pain, clear toxins from the liver, boosts the immune system and heals wounds when applied topically. Please note, the potency of this herb quickly diminishes and one should look for fresh St. John’s Wort when available. Look for a deep red to indicate potency. **Continued use of St. John’s Wort can cause photosensitivity and may interact with some pharmaceutical drugs.
Wood Betony & Blue Vervain
Both herbs offer incredible muscle-relaxing benefits without being too sedative. They calm the nervous system and provide fast headache relief, especially blue vervain which tends to direct its focus to the head and neck areas. Wood Betony provides general, all over relief treating everything from mental fogginess to butterflies in the stomach. Both herbs are on the bitter side and are typically preferred in tincture form however, wood betony can be pleasing enough when added to other herbs such as lemon balm to make a tea. Please be aware that although generally considered safe, both herbs and especially blue vervain can cause nausea when taken in too high a dose or too often. Stop use if any discomfort occurs.