‘Let’s Heal It’ ~ Anxiety, Nervousness.

Feelings of nervousness, edginess, agitation, and anxiety are experienced probably frequently – by people everywhere in this modern age. These feelings are a natural response to danger, either perceived or real.

Besides physical danger, our nervous and hormonal systems are frequently alerted throughout the day and even the night by background noise, the incessant stimulation of computers, the e-mail barrage, adrenaline-pumping movies and media, the consumption of stimulating beverages, and, no doubt, through intense or uncomfortable personal interactions and conflicts.

What Helps:

Taking the time to focus and calm down really helps. Usually, this resolves to remove yourself from overstimulating situations, just as you would settle a child by reading a peaceful and heartwarming story before bedtime. Take the time to withdraw, and pay attention to the signals that let you know you have had too much stimulation. Try a regular practice of taking a calming stroll with no goal in mind except to enjoy.

You will find many other healthy suggestions in the realm of self-help books, and you might discover the great restorative power in peaceful ocean soundscapes or relaxing music. Stress-related support groups are widely available and highly valuable. Yoga, tai chi, dancing, running clubs, bird-watching groups, native plant societies, meditation groups, and spiritual practices are all wonderful healing islands, as well.

Herbs to Grow and Use:

Not surprisingly, many herbs can relieve stress and calm your nervous system, engendering a sense of peace and promoting refreshing sleep. They can be taken as teas {infusions or decoctions}, tinctures, or in capsule form.

  • California Poppy contains nonnarcotic alkaloids that help promote calm and good sleep.
  • Catnip, chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena, and skullcap are all very mild herbs for calming that are safe for kids and can be used in baths.
  • Gotu kola is an excellent tonic herb for the nervous system.
  • Hawthorn is a great heart and digestive herb that has mild calming effects, especially when used regularly.
  • Hops promote good sleep and calm. Nonalcoholic “hoppy” beers such as Clausthaler contain high levels of the herb.
  • Lavender is widely used in inhalants and in baths to create a sense of relaxation.
  • Rhodiola is an excellent adaptogen and nerve and brain tonic.
  • St. John’s wort is often recommended to help prevent and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially when it’s used regularly and continuously. Be aware of cautions regarding drug interactions.
  • Valerian is probably the most widely recommended calming and sleep-promoting herb. Freshly harvested roots and rhizomes have stronger and more calming activity than the dried herb.