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Calming Herbs: Which To Use

Calming Herbs: Which To Use

Perhaps the most important contribution herbs can make to the whole field of neurology lies in their ability to strengthen and nourish the nervous system.

Putting the physical body at ease promotes ease in the psyche. A nervine is a plant remedy with some kind of beneficial effect upon the nervous system. Nervine relaxants are most important in times of stress and confusion, as they can alleviate many of the accompanying symptoms. They should be used in a broad holistic way, not simply to tranquilize.

Save this list of mild to strong relaxing herbs–who doesnít need a little help staying calm now and again? You never know when you could use their wonderful gifts:

Mild: Black horehound, borage, Roman chamomile, hyssop, lavender, red clover, lemon balm, cramp bark, black haw.

Moderate: Mugwort, black cohosh, St. Johnís wort, motherwort, lobelia, chamomile, pasqueflower, skullcap, linden, damiana, vervain.

Strong: California poppy, hops, wild lettuce, passionflower, Jamaica dogwood, valerian.

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Adapted from Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffmann, Healing Arts Press (2003).Copyright (c) 2003 by David Hoffman. Reprinted by permission of Healing Arts Press.
Adapted from Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffmann, Healing Arts Press (2003).

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11:50AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Thanks Annie.

2:56PM PDT on May 8, 2011

I really need to find somewhat herb to keep a smoker out

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