The Herbal Artist: 3 Annual Herbs for Stress Relief

| 5/30/2012 3:11:39 PM

Poppy Swap HeadshotCory is an herbalist, mother of two wonderful girls, homeschooler, organic gardener and soap maker from Central Florida. She has been making herbal medicines for 10 years. Visit her Poppy Swap store, Aquarian Bath, for gentle, handmade artisan soaps. Here, she introduces three of her favorite plants for stress relief and simple ways to grow and prepare them into home remedies. 

We all seek more peace and tranquility in life. Growing a few herbs is a fabulous way to help with relaxation and stress reduction. Plus, planting herbs is a fun activity. Learn how to select herbs that will actually help you relax!

To make sure it is a stress-free experience, each herb has unique properties that also make them useful for relieving stress and anxiety.  I have chosen three herbs that I find easy to grow, and they are holy basil, motherwort and skullcap.


Holy Basil

Medicinal Uses of Holy Basil: Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is native to India where it is a sacred temple herb. Ayurvedic teachers recommend eating two leaves a day to benefit one’s physical body and spirit. The leaves and flower are considered to be adaptogenic, which means they can help the body resist all types of physical stress. Holy basil is also antimicrobial, so while it helps strengthen the body, it simultaneously fighting pathogens that makes it really unique. This herb can help people cope with pressure from heavy workloads, so I like to use holy basil for reducing chronic stress.  

There are three main types of holy basil. The first two are varieties of Ocimum tenuiflorum, or  O. sanctum. Rama Tulsi has green leaves. Krishna tulsi has purple leaves. A third variety is Vana tulsi (O. gratissimum). Holy basil leaves can be made into tea or tincture.