Is the lockdown affecting your mood? Herbs to the rescue!
Two herbs which are in season now and work together wonderfully in combating nervous tension, irritability, mild depression and stress, are Rose (rosa damascena) and Lemon Balm (melissa officinalis).
As the current situation with the coronavirus is taking its toll on the state of mind of even the most positive-minded people, the naturally uplifting quality of these two herbs makes this an excellent tea for those who are feeling down, anxious or fearful.
The most fragrant of all roses, rosa damascene, is an immediate pick me up when we are feeling low. Rose is wonderful medicine for our spiritual heart, when we are grieving, when we are fearful, or in the current situation, when we are going through collective trauma. It soothes heartache and lifts our spirit.
Rose has many other qualities as well: rose helps to reduce menstrual cramps and heavy periods, as well as the mood swings accompanying it, it is high in vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins in our body. Vitamin C is an essential part of our immune system as it stimulates the production of white blood cells and functions as an antioxidant, effectively lowering oxidative stress.
Lemon balm tea can work wonders for feelings of stress and tension as well as rejuvenate the nervous system. Lemon balm has traditionally been used for relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. Apart from its positive effect on the nervous system, lemon balm is also a powerful antiviral, antimicrobial and expectorant herb, and it helps in digestive disorders, stomachaches and nausea.
When it comes to lemon balm’s use as a natural antidepressant, it can be even more effective when combined with other herbs like St. John’s Wort, Passionflower, Rose or Hawthorn.
Both lemon balm and rose are suitable for children too in reducing restlessness and calming the nerves. Chamomile can also be added to this combo.
Lemon balm can also function as a mild sedative, especially when combined with other herbs for sleep. Effective herbs for inducing sleep are passionflower, chamomile, hops and lavender.