Anxiety Reducing Recipes



The common traditional term for anxiolytic herbs is a “nervine.”  But the word nervine is somewhat ambiguous, historically meaning a plant that acts on the nerves to good effect.  That can mean both acting as a relaxant, a stimulant or as a tonic to the nerves in general.  Because of the ambiguity I have decided to use the simpler term anxiolytic, which simply means a substance that reduces anxiety.  In this case I have divided up anxiolytic herbs into gentle relaxants and strong relaxants.


Gently relaxant:  asparagus root, ashwaghanda, bee balm, bergamot, bleeding-heart, california poppy, catnip, chamomile,chrysanthemum, citrus, clary sage, cramp bark, douglas fir, frankincense, gingko, gotu kola, hawthorn, helichrysum, hibiscus, holy basil, honeysuckle, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden, magnolia, mimosa, milky oats, motherwort, mugwort, neroli, palo santo, passionflower, reishi, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, shatavari, skullcap, vetiver, violet,  ylang ylang, zizyphus

Strongly relaxant: 

Akuamma, anemone, betony, black cohosh, blue cohosh, bupleurum, calamus, cannabis, corydalis, clove, cramp bark, graviola, hops, jamaican dogwood, kava, kratom, pedicularis, peony, poppy, skunk cabbage, valerian, wild lettuce. 


Take a look at this section to find recipes for

anxiolytic teas

anxiolytic tinctures

Anxiety reducing aromatherapy