Herbs to Reduce Stress and Tension
Lavender is a beautiful perennial that helps soothe stress.
All of the herbs listed below have been shown to help reduce stress. They are all easily grown in full sun either in the garden or in a container. Growing lemon balm in a container may be a good idea due to its tendency to be somewhat invasive. Brew them individually or as a mixture — one tablespoon of fresh herb to one cup of boiling water. Let the tea steep for fifteen minutes, then drink it as a hot tea or iced tea.
- Lemon balm: This member of the mint family has a fresh lemon flavor. Like all mints, it is fairly easy to grow — in fact, it may become invasive if it’s happy. Consider growing lemon balm in a container if this is a concern.
- Lavender: Use fresh lavender buds in teas. They are most potent before they open fully. You can also harvest and dry the buds to use in teas.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is easy to grow in a garden or in containers. There are two types: German and Roman chamomile. German chamomile is used most often for teas. It has a light, almost apple scent and flavor.