Serenity time with herbal support
Go faster… work to deadlines, fit in extra over-time, play referee with the kids (as they are about to kill each other), keep calm (in the middle of peak hour traffic with crazy drivers either side of you), clean the house (as the in-laws are coming), remember to bring in the washing off the line, cook healthy meals (that everyone in the family likes… if not, sort out two different meals), weed the garden before the triffids reach the front door… juggle, rush, organise, balance – the busy mind repeats lists of jobs and problems… Smile and remember to keep calm, just before you scream!
In our fast paced society, we pack as much into our days as possible trying to balance the demands of our families, work and living, which means prolonged pressure. This can result in becoming worn out, over-stimulated, overloaded, over-tired and wound up.
Balancing these demands with other physical stressors such as eating food with less nutrient value, too much sugar, allergies, toxic chemical overload, stimulants such as caffeine, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can put emesis pressure on our nervous system and bodies. Fatigue, tension, insomnia, depression, irritability and increased time with stress and worrying are the body’s overload signals that we need to take steps to rest and restore.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important ways to create a healthy nervous system, reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and anxiety is to rest, meditate, enjoy time out (listening to music, arts and crafts, reading), sleep and eat well. Dealing with these issues daily will help our body to relax, unwind, heal and repair especially when we sleep. If we can sleep (or if we are lucky – go on a holiday) we can remove ourselves from the daily urgencies for a while.
Nature gives us some herbs when we need extra help:
In nature’s natural toolbox of healing there are herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system. These can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle in their activity and generically called “Nervines”. Nervines are commonly used by herbalists when supporting the body from anxiety, over-excitement, tension and sleeplessness. Nervine herbs include; valerian, catnip, passion flower, skullcap, St John’s Wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as tincture.
Executive Stress B* for tension and stress
A combination of nutrient support such as B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine with nervine herbs such as skullcap, passionflower, and valerian is ideal for those who have tension linked with fatigue and exhaustion that may be linked to nutrient deficiency. When we are stressed, vitamins B & C and a number of other nutrients are in high demand by the body.
St John’s Wort with soothing herbs* to support body and mind
A supplement for those who need a lift with nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s Wort, Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and Ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, it can help when you need some emotional or stress support.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)* for insomnia, anxiety and concentration
A popular herb to help with insomnia, anxiety and improving mental concentration. It has a refreshing lemony flavour making it a popular herb in some teas.
Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)* for a good sleep
One of the gentlest herbal sleeping remedies; it enhances the body’s natural process of slipping into sleep and making the stresses of the day recede. For people who do not need as much sleep as they once did, it also eases lying awake in bed, ensuring that it becomes a restful and relaxing experience. This is often as re-vivifying as sleep itself, and indeed all that is necessary in more cases than not.
Valerian has demonstrated decidedly relaxing properties in clinical trials. For example, in three separate sleep tests (two of them double-blind), people who received a valerian preparation fell asleep up to 50% faster and had a sounder, more restful sleep than people in the placebo group.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)* for preventing nightmares
Has a variety of uses, the most important being its soothing, calmative effect. It has been traditionally used as a preventative remedy for nightmares.
Catnip (Cataria vulgaris)* for humans…
Has mild sedative properties and is often used to alleviate nervousness, sleeplessness, and nervous headaches. And yes, it is the same plant that drives cats into fits of ecstasy just by the mere smell of it.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)* for tranquillising
In the best sense of the word ‘tranquillising’. The extract is effective in treating disturbed sleep patterns due to worried and excited nervous states. Additionally, Passionflower is effective in allaying anxiety, irritability and tension.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* for nervous conditions
Traditionally used as a sleep promoter, skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* has also been used to assist those with nervous conditions, ADHD, nervous headaches and nervine pain.
These herbs are available as herbal teas that can be enjoyed any time of day, but often make a wonderful night cap as they are caffeine free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.
Red Seal herbal teas:
Sweet Dreams tea
*Only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health advisor.