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Relaxing and strengthening tonic herbs can be used to nourish the mind and can also help to release irrational fears. These actions are supported by antispasmodic herbs, to help calm the nerves.
Lemon balm induces a relaxed state of mind, easing tension and lifting the spirits. Avoid with hypothyroidism.
Method: Infuse 1–2 tsp dried lemon balm in 6fl oz (175 ml) boiling water and drink 3 times daily.
Skullcap is powerfully relaxing and nourishes the central nervous system, helping to ease feelings of anxiety and allay fears. Lemon balm and skullcap partner well in a calming infusion.
Method: Infuse 1–2 tsp dried skullcap in 6fl oz (175 ml) boiling water and drink 3 times daily.
Wood betony soothes, restores, and strengthens nerves, releasing tension.
Method: Add 0.5-1ml extract to a lemon balm or skullcap infusion 3 times daily.
Essential oils can be used to help steady breathing and calm the stress response, relieving anxiety.
Frankincense calms the mind and deepens breathing.
Method: Add 3 drops to a diffuser.
Lemon balm reduces anxiety and panic.
Method: Add 5 drops to 2 tsp (10 ml) almond oil for a soothing massage oil.
Mandarin is relaxing and calming.
Method: Add 5 drops to 2 tsp (10 ml) apricot oil for a massage, or mix 1 tsp with 1 tbsp bath dispersant; add to a bath.
Magnesium-rich foods and those containing the amino acids gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), tryptophan, and l-theanine calm nerves. Neurotransmitters are made in the gut, so fermented foods support the nervous system by promoting gut health.
Natural yogurt feeds good gut bacteria to restore balance to the gut.
Method: Add to fruits, cereals, and meals.
Kimchi, a traditionally fermented spicy side dish, contains probiotics that produce the nerve-calming neurotransmitter, GABA.
Method: Enjoy as a side dish or use as a condiment.
Oolong tea has high levels of GABA.
Method: Swap coffee for a daily cup of this.
Almonds and cashews have calming magnesium and the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted to mood-regulating serotonin in the body.
Method: Eat as nut butters or add to salads and stir-fries.