This section is a vintage collection of opinions on natural remedies by various authors, some who have passed on. For historical reference only. These articles are old. They have not been updated since the early 2000s and are not intended to provide medical information.

My Favorite Relaxing Herbs

Copyright 1997   By Karen Bergeron

St. John's Wort: More info at this link, also check the numerous links in this newsletter.

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.

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