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5 Herbs to Calm your Nerves

When you’re super-stressed, sometimes taking a deep Belly Breath just doesn’t cut it. Fortunately there are herbs out there that can help you when you’re feeling anxious, nervous or overwhelmed.

These five herbs have been hailed for centuries for their ability to help you chill out. Just as a precaution, you should always check with your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.

Valerian Root
Valerian Root is native to Europe and Asia and was used in ancient Greece to treat a variety of disorders, including minor aches, pains and infections. Today Valerian is used to combat anxiety, tension and insomnia. Try a cup of Valerian tea to take the edge off a rough day. Side effects are usually mild, but if you feel overly fatigued and/or depressed, discontinue to use.

Skullcap
No, this isn’t your kid’s latest favorite band, it’s Scutellaria lateriflora, an herb used to calm the nervous system. It’s native to North America and thrives in a dark-moisture rich environment. Skullcap is pretty powerful, so it’s vital you consult your doctor before taking this herb. Pregnant women should avoid Skullcap all together.
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm should win the Most Useful Herb award. In addition to being a sedative, it also has antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties, and is a common ingredient in a number of medicines. You can find it in tea or in pill form, but some people like to cook with it. You can toss it in pasta, salad dressing, even cheesecake!

Winter Cherry
Winter Cherry, a.k.a Ashwagandha, is found in India and North America and has been used for centuries to treat inflammation, tumors and of course, tension. Stress-busting properties aside, Winter Cherry has long been used to promote mental health, vitality and immunity. It can be a little hard to digest however, so make sure you begin with a very small dose so not to upset your stomach.

Hops
The Hop is an herb native to Britain that has primarily treats insomnia, but also has a calming effect on the nervous system as well. And yes, it is the same stuff that’s used to flavor beer. Try it in a tea from the store or brew your own at home. You’ll need a teaspoon of hops and 8 ounces of boiling water. Make sure to let the tea steep for at least a couple of hours for the maximum benefit. Enjoy!

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