Herbs To Calm Your Nervous System
Use nervine herbs, which are soothing to the nervous system to encourage calm and relaxation. Examples are:
Use adaptogens, which condition the nervous system to deal with a broad range of stressors and quickly return to a state of balance once the stressor goes away, without robbing the body of vital nutrients and energy. These include
tulsi (Holy Basil) (my personal favorite)
These can all be taken as teas, liquid tinctures, or infusions (directions to make infusions from dried herbs is included below).
An infusion is a large amount of herb brewed for a long time.
One ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of dried herb is placed in a quart jar which is then filled to the top with boiling water,
tightly covered and allowed to steep for 4-10 hours.
Straining the infusion and squeezing the herb be sure to discard the herb back into the earth!
A cup or more is consumed, and the remainder refrigerated.
Drink 2-4 cups a day.
Best used in 36 hours.
Some people like honey added, I feel living in a warm climate a pinch of salt is even better.
Minerals and other phytochemicals in nourishing herbs are made more accessible by drying, dried herbs are considered best for infusions.
I make my infusions at night before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning.