3 Herbs for Stress Relief and Relaxation

6th May 2022

Supporting our bodies during stressful times is vital. Understanding how to regulate and soothe our nervous systems is something that we could all benefit from because leaving stress unmanaged can cause illness and disease. In this blog, we are going to cover 3 herbs that are perfect for stress relief.

Herbal Helpers 

Herbs can support the balancing and nourishing of your body when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are our favourite herbs that you can easily add to your daily routine.

  1. Passionflower 

Passionflower is a gentle nervine tonic that has been shown to boost GABA levels in the brain to promote relaxation and calmness. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it helps reduce activity in the brain allowing your nervous system to enter relaxation easier and help you to reduce anxiety. The Passionflower’s sedative effects are much gentler than other herbs so you can consume this any time of the day. It’s the perfect herb to add to your bedtime routine! 

  1. Skullcap

Skullcap is technically classed as a weed, but make sure you don’t throw it away! Skullcap is a nervine just like Passionflower, it increases GABA production in your brain, helping you to relax. Not only this, but this herbal helper can also help soothe muscle tension, which is a common side effect of stress. Adding Skullcap into your daily routine can help nourish your whole nervous system. 

  1. Lemon Balm 

Lemon Balm, is part of the mint family and is used traditionally to reduce anxiety and boost your mood. However, the herb can also soothe symptoms of stress, improve cognitive function and even aid sleep. This is due to having powerful antioxidants and antimicrobial properties from a phytonutrient called rosmarinic acid. 

Using Lemon Balm daily has many benefits, but one of its most powerful is the way it helps alleviate stress and anxiety. Which has an amazing impact on your digestive health. As we know the gut is our second brain, so if you’re feeling stressed it can leave you feeling sick or with discomfort in the stomach. This herb will be a great help if you suffer from tummy aches or a loss of appetite when you’re stressed. 

If you suffer from stress and anxiety, incorporating these herbs into your daily routine can be an easy way to reduce these feelings and soothe your body. If you’re interested in more ways to look after your body and mind head over to our blog today.