HERBS TO CALM YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
Use nervine herbs, which are soothing to the nervous system to encourage calm and relaxation. Examples are:
- 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
- Tulsi (Holy Basil) (my personal favorite)
- Schisandra Berry
- Eleuthero/Siberian Ginseng
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, 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.