HERBS TO CALM YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

HERBS TO CALM YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

Use nervine herbs, which are soothing to the nervous system to encourage calm and relaxation. Examples are:

 

 

  • chamomile
  • valerian
  • lemon balm
  • oat straw

 

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

  

 

  • Ashwagandha
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) (my personal favorite)
  • Schisandra Berry
  • Eleuthero/Siberian Ginseng
  • Rhodiola
  • Passionflower

 

These can all be taken as teas, liquid tinctures, or infusions (directions to make infusions from dried herbs is included below).

 

INFUSION

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, 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.

Experiment!

 

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.