Since earliest times, human beings have relied on natural solutions or their health needs. They have experimented with and catalogued all the plants we call herbs. These healing herbs for stress and herbs for relaxation are critical for the health and well-being of highly sensitive people.
Healing Herbs for HSPs
There are many ancient healing herbs that have been used in the western world over time to relieve stress and its associated ailments. These are some of the most common and most popular herbs for anxiety:
- Valerian is a relaxer that helps a person with sleep. It can be useful for someone experiencing insomnia, which some HSPs experience.
- Passionflower acts in a similar way to valerian. It can help with anxiety.
- Scull Cap helps the nervous system and can improve moods.
- Kava Kava is a feel good herb that helps with relaxation and sleep.
- Lemon balm and lavender are used for depression as well as stress.
- St. John’s Wort is often used for anxiety and depression.
- Ginseng, one of the best herbs for anxiety, can improve emotional balance.
Flower essences are derived from plants. They are diluted extracts used to treat a wide variety of issues, often focusing on emotional problems. They were created by a homeopathic physician, Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s and have become a popular source of relief. Dr. Bach has a group of 38 essences that are his core group of essences for treating a variety of conditions. They can be found here: Bach Flowers
One flower essence recommended by Jenna Avery, an HSP coach, is Yarrow. There are three different types: white, pink and yellow. The reason they are so valuable for HSPs is that they help with the boundary issues created by the natural empathy of HSPs and the emotional overwhelm that can result. Jenna also recommends Purple Monkeyflower for psychic fear.
A good source of flower essences including the yarrows is Flower Essence Services. They can be found at: Flower Essence Services (FES)
Benefits of Herbal Medicine
The benefits of herbal medicine have been disputed by the allopathic health care system for some time. The concern about natural medicine is caused by a suspicion of the “non-scientific” mindset that preceded the scientific age. This prior age seemed to be based more on superstition than fact and therefore was looked at very skeptically when the modern age began – with some justification. Unfortunately, we seem to have thrown out the baby with the bathwater in terms of effective natural health care approaches. Now more and more people are turning to herbs for relaxation and other health benefits and many health professionals now consider them a viable option for treatment and basic health maintenance.
Many herbs have been used by so many people throughout the world for so many centuries successfully. Given the cost of medical procedures, the cost of pharmaceuticals, and the potential side effects of modern medicine, the benefits of herbal medicine are worth exploring to become healthy and minimize the negative impacts of allopathic medicine.
Herbs and essences can be used on a short term or long term basis. They are usually gentle and non addictive which makes them very attractive for people like HSPs suffering from short-term and chronic conditions. They are also a useful support for the body and particularly the nervous system while going through the process of becoming healthier and stronger. Herbs and essences can, make it easier for highly sensitive people to get a handle on their stress relief needs. Nothing replaces good health practices, but the benefits of herbal medicine are invaluable for an HSP to assist in the process of becoming healthy.