Chill Out: 6 Herbs That Promote Inner Peace
(This is not a doctor's advice. See your doctor before starting any herbal regimen.)
Here are six herbs that can help in your battle for inner peace:
1. Black Cohosh
It’s best known for preventing hot flashes in post menopausal women, but black cohosh can also do a lot to even out mood swings, especially in women. It’s made from the roots and understems of the plant and it's long been used by American Indians to solve a variety of health issues.
This tiny flower is a safe source of the amino acid tryptophan. The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported using chamomile in hospitals to promote relaxation and sleep in patients that didn’t respond well to drug treatments. It's part of the ragweed family so people with allergies may react to it. It also has a long history of use in Europe for stomach ailments.
3. Evening Primrose Oil
It’s a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids especially GLA. It’s used to promote a stable and healthy nervous system and is particularly helpful for premenstrual symptoms and mood issues. Evening primrose oil is tolerated well by most individuals.
Scullcap is know for repairing damage to the nervous system as well as promoting relaxation and relief of unnecessary stress. It’s most effective when taken during the evening. According to Natural News, scullcap is simple to grow in a sunny location.
5. Passion Flower
Passion flower is a non-drowsy natural sedative that relieves intermittent nervousness, anxiety, and panic disorders. Passion flower has a woody stem with a small berry-like fruit called the grandilla. According to The University of Maryland, "[s]cientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed."
Winter cherry relieves occasional stress responses and supports the body during particularly stressful times. It also helps with focus, attention, concentration, and memory.
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