Nervines are a category of herbs that act on the nervous system, helping to soothe, restore, and sedate the Central Nervous System (CNS) or the nerves of the Peripheral Nervous System. Herbs in this category exist on a continuum, from herbs that calm but don’t affect alertness (good for those who feel “stressed” and tense, and who may experience symptoms of anxiety) to those that sedate and promote sleep (good for those with insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep). Many herbs can do both: when taken in small amounts, these help relax and calm anxiety, passionflower is a good example, but when taken in larger amounts, they make you sleepy and very relaxed.
Some nervines include: lemon balm, oat pods, chamomile, passionflower, california poppy, valerian, hops, St. John’s wort, and kava.
Many others abound, since herbs do seem to have a particular affinity for the human nervous system. Since many people suffer from issues such as insomnia, anxiety, muscle tension, and stress (an all-encompassing word), these herbs can come in very handy. For other nerve-related issues such as tingly or numb skin, damaged nerves from car accidents or other tissue trauma, digestive irritability, nervine herbs can also help restore nerve tissue, reduce nerve tingling, pain, or itching, and calm and soothe stomach or head aches.
Get Sleepy Tea is formulated to help relax the body and tense muscles, calm the mind, and promote sleepiness and the body’s ability to drop into deep, restorative sleep. A tea can be a relaxing ritual to get into before bedtime, comforting and warm.
Contains: Lemon balm, Skullcap, Chamomile, Orange peel, California poppy, Passionflower, and Valerian.
Sleep Well Drops is a tincture blend (extract in alcohol and water) of passionflower, hops, valerian, and hawthorn berry. These herbs in particular can help you get a more consistent, restful sleep. A tincture can be ideal for those to whom tea doesn’t appeal, or who do not wish to consume a cup of fluids before bed, which can interfere with sleep.
Chill Out Tea is a relaxing blend of herbs formulated for daytime use because they don’t necessarily make you tired or reduce mental alertness. This blend is great for anxiety, stress, tension, and to help the body relax and reduce muscle pain and spasm. It also contains herbs that help restore and soothe the nervous system and can help reduce mental chatter and an overactive mind.
Contains: Lemon balm, Oat pods, Kava root, Lemon verbena, Linden, Skullcap, and Rose petals.