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There is so much going on in the world right now. It is understandable that many of us and our loved ones are experiencing turbulent emotions.
While current situations and events around the world may press down on us and at times seem overwhelming, there are ways within your magickal practice that you can draw on to help find comfort and relief.
For anyone suffering from stress or anxiety, here are some beginner-friendly medicinal herbs to bring some relief and comfort in troubled times.
Medicinal Herbs for Anxiety
Matricaria chamomilla, commonly known as chamomile, is a gentle and soothing herb most commonly found dried for use as tea. Chamomile has medicinal properties that help to ease and soothe emotions and assist with relaxation. Chamomile extract is a great addition to ritual baths or skincare products, as it is very gentle and healing on the skin .
Aside from its worldwide popularity as an herbal tea, dried or fresh chamomile flowers can also be added to cooking. The Green Witch on YouTube has a delightful recipe for Magick Chamomile Sweet Rolls that include an Anti-Anxiety spell.
Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia being the most common variety) is one of the most well-known herbs and offers a host of medicinal benefits. It comes in various varieties (think: English Lavender and French Lavender), with certain versions more adapted to cooking and other types more suitable for oil extraction. Lavender has traditionally been used as a calming and serene herb, and is known to improve sleep quality .
Lavender can be taken internally in teas, tinctures, or with flowers added to cakes and sweets. It is very popular as an essential oil, and dried flowers can be gathered into bedside sachets to ease sleep. Lavender extract can be applied to injuries externally to improve healing and reduce scarring. Plentiful Earth has a lovely Tea Spell to ease anxiety that uses the properties of lavender flower buds.
Also known as Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm is a bright green and cheery member of the mint family that can be used to boost levels of happiness. Lemon Balm can combat the Winter Blues and bring uplifted spirits in dark times .
Lemon Balm can be taken as a tea or tincture, and fresh leaves can be added to water, lemonade, or even cocktail drinks. Magickal Ingredients discusses Lemon Balm Magick and suggests uses Lemon Balm in a healing ritual bath.
Chamomile, Lavender, and Lemon Balm have been used in medicinal herbalism for many years- they are usually easy to grow (depending on your location) or to find in stores as plants, dried, or in supplements. As with all medicines, it never hurts to do research and consider checking with your doctor to make sure an herb is the right choice for you and your unique body.
Have you used any of these herbs before?
- Lemon Balm
Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm are just a few of many herbs that can be used to treat anxiety and stress. Do you have a favorite herb for healing? Perhaps some recipes, blends, or spells that you use these herbs for?
Please feel free to share your herbal experiences and recommendations for easing stress and anxiety here!
May you all be well and healthy, and may your be path be free from strife, stress, and suffering!