Herbs and Flowers for Stress, Insomnia and Anxiety.
A cuppa tea is a great way to destress and get in a few moments of calm, and there are specific flowers and herbs which target bodily ails, stress and tension. We did some digging to find what the top flowers and herbs for anxiety, stress, restless minds and insomnia are and here are our top four!
The king of herbs for anxiety, insomnia and calming the mind! Take it when you are “tired but wired” and can’t shut down your brain when trying to sleep. Passion flower increases the brain's GABA production, the main neurotransmitter for calmness. GABA assists with pain, restless legs, ADHD, anxiety, tension and digestion to name a few.
Make a soothing tea by steeping the flowers in hot water until your desired strength is achieved. You can take passion flower at any time of the day or night, long-term; it is safe and non-addictive.
Valerian is well known for its sleep-inducing properties. Taken in small doses, it can improve ADHD and ADD. It can also help with muscle tension and pain. It has a powerful taste and smell, so don’t make your tea too strong! Take it at night before bed as it is deep-sleep inducing.
Chamomile is one of my favorite teas to make before bed. It has a pleasant taste and aroma and is well known for calming body and mind. It has nerve support properties, reducing tension, making it easier to focus or sleep. Chamomile is so gentle, it can be given to children to sooth restlessness, irritability and colic. Brew in hot water until reaching your desired strength. I recycle the flowers or leftover tea as a skin cleanser and toner before bed.
Skullcap is wonderful for muscle tension, anxiety, tension headaches and regulating sleep. It soothes the nervous system, can help with panic attacks and even detoxifies. Steep in hot water to make a tea and serve in half-cups every few hours.
All our dried herbs and flowers can be made into tea by simply steeping in hot water for a few moments. There is something soothing, I find, in the very motions of making tea the old fashioned way: pouring water over flowers, waiting while it steeps, straining and finally enjoying the sips of your labour. I hope this inspires you to go make a calming pot of tea!