The last post was on plants that heal. This post will describe a few plants that have the ability to relax or act as a mild sedative. That can be very important in today’s stressful atmosphere.
I’m sure we have all heard of Chamomile Tea being very relaxing and a good night time drink. It’s true, it is. But, what many people don’t know is that it is likely growing in a field near them.
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Wild Chamomile is the most common found in nature.
Roman Chamomile might also be found. There are many varieties but those two are the most common. The easiest way to distinguish it from a Daisy is the center which tends to be flat topped in Daisy’s. The Chamomile center is more mounded. Also the Chamomile petals angle back as the flower matures like a cone flower, whereas the Daisy petals typically remain flat.
Chamomile contains the flavonoid apigenin which is known to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Chamomile has other constituents that promote health as well, but this post is on relaxing. I recommend further study. Chamomile is an excellent healthful plant.
Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) as described in an earlier post can be a powerful sedative if processed. As a tea it is an excellent relaxant. It can be a bit bitter, but with honey and a touch of lemon it is very drinkable. Refer to the earlier blog for more detailed information.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is another herb that reduces anxiety and even depression. The herb is easily found in the pharmacy supplement isle. What many people don’t know is that it is also easily found in nature.
It is well known and has been used since ancient times. There are numerous constituents in St. John’s Wort that act to reduce anxiety.
I never intend to overwhelm with information and always encourage further study. As with any information on any herb, please verify and study other sources. Make sure your identification is spot on before using any plant in or on your body.
I suggest that you put these three plants on your list of plants to learn. They have many other uses other than what is mentioned here.
Now you have 3 plants that heal and three plants that relax. The next post will describe plants that provide pain relief.