My Favorite Relaxing Herbs
Copyright 1997 By Karen Bergeron
St. John's Wort: More info at
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Basil: Smells absolutely wonderful, Relaxing tea, Easy to grow annual .
Catnip (Catmint): Relaxing, Helps digestion. Easy to grow from seed or cuttings.
Ginseng: Use only cultivated ginseng, wild ginseng is endangered.
Jewel Weed: Anecdote for poison Ivy. Wash with tea or make a soap.
Lavender: Use a few drops essential oil in bath water to relax and ease insomnia.
Anti-aphrodisiac. (Try lavender cologne on young dating daughters!).
Lemon Balm: Relaxing, Great lemon smell. A good one for herbal pillows.
Passionflower: Beautiful, antispasmodic, relaxant, helps with insomnia. Personally, I find it to be a great mood enhance when under stress. Allegedly will grow as a houseplant.
Rabbit Tobacco: Tobacco substitute, everlasting flowers, grows wild in sunny places.
Skullcap: Possible Hypnotic, Bitter tea but I like the effect; especially when concentration is needed. Also use before meditating.
Wild Mountain Mint: Strong invigorating odor, Good tea for congestion, also a natural carpet and closet freshener. Grows wild in Tennessee.