If you’ve struggled to keep your center while maintaining a sense of peace lately, you are not alone.
According to polls, Americans’ stress levels have risen considerably in 2022 due to the pandemic, rising inflation, foreign conflicts, politics, climate, and the economy.
It is no exaggeration to say we are living in challenging and unprecedented times.
However, during times like these, we must be especially proactive in protecting ourselves from the effects of chronic stress.
In addition to practicing good mental and emotional hygiene, self-care, and self-compassion, herbs can be unexpected allies for restoring that sense of peace and tranquility we all crave.
The following are our top 5 picks for herbs for peace and tranquility.
5 Herbs for Peace and Tranquility
Ancient texts reveal that human beings have always turned to native plants to support, calm, and protect them during times of uncertainty and transition.
In Ayurveda, for example, herbs like Tulsi (aka Holy Basil) are used to provide clarity and peace of mind. And having a Neem tree on one’s property is considered a symbol of protection and good fortune.
In Native American culture, sage is considered a sacred herb with purifying properties that help dispel negative energy and spirits.
The following are five easy-to-find and affordable herbs to help balance your stress response and restore a lasting sense of peace and tranquility.
Chamomile is one of the most common herbs in “calming” teas. It can also grow wild on roadsides, fields, or even between sidewalk cracks.
Chamomile’s sweet fragrance, resiliency, and adaptive nature speak to its herbal properties.
Sight—spend some time gazing at a patch of chamomile and appreciate its gentle beauty and resilient nature.
Touch—pick a few Chamomile flowers or grab a handful of dried flowers, hold it to your heart and see if you can tap into its calming energy.
Smell—Chamomile essential oil is in a class all its own and works as an instant calmer. Always look for only 100% pure, organic/wildcrafted essential oils. These are wonderful to use when you cannot sit down to make a cup of tea, take a tincture, etc.
Few of us haven’t taken solace in the timeless beauty and soothing scent of roses.
Rose is considered a symbol of love worldwide and is used in many traditional ceremonies. Its aroma is a most sacred scent, which is attributed to its calming and comforting effects.
Most of the research on roses is centered on their essential oils, which have been shown to have a relaxing effect on humans by decreasing autonomic nervous arousal.
In other words: it brings down our stress levels. Subjects in this particular study reported feeling more relaxed, calm, and less alert than those in the control group.
We also highly recommend growing your own Tulsi (which is very easy, even in a pot). The scent and energy of the plant are incredible for grounding and uplifting the spirit. Fresh Tulsi is also lovely infused into cold drinks or added to your favorite recipes.
Gotu Kola, also known as the herb of longevity, has a long tradition of use as a brain, nervous system, and mood-supportive herb. It’s also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for depression, anxiety, and other mental/emotional imbalances.
Like Tulsi, it is an adaptogen that helps balance our body’s stress response and increase resiliency during trying times.
CCK receptors have been shown to play a role in the cause of fear and anxiety. Thus, plants that can bind to them can have a positive effect on those who suffer.
Lemongrass, also known as citronella, is commonly used throughout Asia as a bug repellant, a culinary spice, and as a tea to support digestive health, promote restful sleep, tame tension, soothe menstrual cramps, and support immunity.
Its scent is also known to have a calming and cleansing effect and can be found in many essential oil blends.
Think of it as Asia’s Chamomile—well-known for its calming and stress-relieving properties.
Research has shown that, as Gotu Kola mentioned above, Lemongrass’s essential oil has anxiolytic-like effects that appear to support a normal stress response in mice.
Peace for All
In Ayurveda and other herbal and culinary traditions, it is believed that the intention with which the plants are grown, harvested, and prepared plays a role in their effectiveness and ability to nourish.
In other words, when herbs are grown and harvested with peace, love, and joy, that is transmitted energetically.
At Organic India, we take this traditional wisdom seriously. This is why we’ve been dedicated to regenerative farming, ethical land stewardship, fair pay, and farming partnerships since our inception.
Plus, our organic, non-GMO herbs are minimally processed to maintain herbal potency and prana.
We do not add any fillers, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives to our products. And all our herbs are air-dried in the sun or shade and processed in our certified organic LEED facilities.
In short, our herbs are held in a sacred space of peace, appreciation, and respect from seed to bottle.