The Keys to Calm

Calm blog post

Life sometimes gets just a bit too fast and furious. When it does, nature comes to the rescue with a stash of stress-relieving herbs.



What happens when the going gets tough? We generally keep calm and carry on. But while a “can do” approach to life is admirable, it carries a downside. It’s called burnout, and it happens to just about everyone. All of us are aware of the consequences of too much stress. But knowing we should relax and slow down when things start getting out of proportion isn’t the same as being able to do it. Just how do we continue to live life to the max without maxing out? One way is to support our nervous systems.


A herbal insurance policy

Undoubtedly one of the most important ways to reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and worry is to sleep well and eat healthily, meditate and enjoy time out – whether we like to listen to music, immerse ourselves in a hobby or just bury our nose in a good book. Dealing with issues daily helps the body to relax, unwind, heal and repair, especially when we sleep. But sometimes we need extra help. Nature’s toolbox of natural healing contains herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system, and they can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle and generically called “nervines”. Nervine herbs include valerian, catnip, passionflower, skullcap, St John’s wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as a tincture.


B for getting better

Red Seal Executive Stress B* is a combination of nutrient support such as B vitamins, minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine, and nervine herbs like skullcap, passionflower and valerian. This is an ideal combination for those who have tension linked with fatigue and exhaustion that may be linked to nutrient deficiency. When we are stressed, vitamins B and C and a number of other nutrients are in high demand by the body.


Make it magnesium

Red Seal Deep Sleep Magnesium* is a powerful blend of magnesium, l-tryptophan, 5-HTP, passionflower and tart cherry to support a deep and restful sleep. The supplement also helps to calm the mind and ease stress.


The tried and true

Red Seal St John’s Wort with Soothing Herbs* is a supplement for those who need nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s wort, totu kola (Centella asiatica) and ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, the supplement can help when we need some emotional or stress support.


Put the jug on…

Herbal teas can be enjoyed any time of day but often make a wonderful nightcap, as they are caffeine-free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.


Sleep on it

Lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, catnip, skullcap and passionflower are herbs traditionally used to soothe worry, calm the mind and support both rest and sleep. A cup of Red Seal Chamomile, Relaxing or Sweet Dreams tea is a great way to support your nervous system at any time.


*Only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser.