The 5 Best Herbs to Soothe Your Nerves


Forget frazzled nerves, anxiety, restlessness, nerve-related headaches and pain. Herbs really shine when it comes to soothing nerves. Here are five of my picks for the best nerve-soothing herbs-


Feverfew for Migraines and Headaches


This delicate flowering plant contains potent medicine, especially when it comes to soothing the nervous system. Perhaps that is why it has been in use for over two thousand years, when Greek Dioscorides physician recommended feverfew for inflammation. Since then we've learned a lot about feverfew's many other healing properties and its effects on the nervous system.
Feverfew is an excellent headache and migraine remedy. If you've taken it when you've had a migraine and found that it did not work for you, rest assured that it will work when properly used. Feverfew does not work in the same way as headache and migraine drugs at the first sign of pain. Rather, the best way to take feverfew is over the course of a month to prevent headaches and migraines the following month. Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews concluded that feverfew can reduce the prevalence of migraines.


Feverfew for Neuropathy


If you are suffering from neuropathy pain, which is a general term to describe disorders of the nervous system that cause pain, weakness and numbness, you will be happy to learn that feverfew has been found effective for this set of conditions. In a study published in the journal Phytomedicine, researchers found that feverfew was as effective as the drug-gapapentin (an anti-epileptic drug used in the treatment of neuropathic pain). Steep one teaspoon of dried herbs (leaves, flowers, and stems) in a cup of boiled water for 10 minutes. Drink three cups daily.


Nettles to Block Pain Signals


Nettles, or stinging nettles, as the plant is also called due to its fine hair that impart a stinging sensation, have been found to interfere with pain signals transmitted through the nervous system, thereby reducing seemingly unrelated types of pain. In a study of nettles on osteoarthritis pain, researchers found that nettles reduced pain linked to the disease. Study participants also found that they needed less anti-inflammatory drug drugs while taking nettles. Of course, you should consult your physician before reducing prescriptions. Dried nettles can be made into tea or added to soups and stews.

Sage to Ease Stress and Balance Moods


While sage is increasingly known for its brain health and memory-boosting effects, this potent herb also plays a critical role in balancing moods. It seems to work by inhibiting an enzyme that breaks down the essential brain hormone known as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is needed for mood regulation as well as many other brain and bodily functions. Drinking a few cups of sage tea on a daily basis may be just what you need to soothe your nerves and ease stress. Avoid using sage if you suffer from migraines.

St. John's Wort to Alleviate Anxiety


While there are many excellent studies that prove the effectiveness of St. John's Wort against depression, few people realize that this beautiful flowering herb can be used as a natural anti-anxiety medicine. Research published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the herb was effective in the treatment of anxiety. Use one teaspoon of dried flowers from this plant to be steeped in a cup of boiled water and drink three times daily to take advantage of St. John's Wort's anti-anxiety effects. Alternatively, take a tincture and follow the package directions.

Valerian for Restlessness, Hyperactivity and Anxiety


Valerian root has long been used for its anti-anxiety effects. Newer research shows that its potent anti-anxiety effects may be attributed at least partially to the compound valerenic acid. Other research shows that this powerful natural medicine taken in combination with lemon balm was helpful for reducing restlessness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness in elementary school children after seven weeks of treatment with the herbs. Valerian is best taken in tincture format. Follow package instructions. For children use an alcohol-free extract known as glycerite.
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