Herbs for Calming Nerves

Updated July 18, 2017

The nervous system governs our body. It relays messages and signals that can tell us how to act, feel and react. Sometimes the nervous system gets stressed and, for some people, this can create symptoms such as nervousness, anxiety or general uneasiness, all of which can be quite uncomfortable. Stress and tension can sometimes become too much for people, and they may require a little help from Mother Nature to calm their nerves. There are a variety of herbs available that can be helpful and safe to use for calming nerves.

Valerian Root

Valerian is said to have been used in ancient times as a folk remedy for digestive problems, pain, heart conditions, insomnia and nervousness. It has been compared to some of the current anxiety prescriptions, yet it displays no side effects and is not addictive. Valerian root produces a calming effect and, when taken at night, can help soothe and calm, thus aiding in allowing sleep. Valerian root can help prevent panic and is known as nature’s tranquiliser.


Kava, also identified as Piper methysticum, is known to help people relax. It is one of the more popular herbals that people use when they want to employ a more alternative approach to calming nerves, reducing anxiety or simply relaxing. It is often used as an alternative to Valium. Kava can be taken in a tincture, tea or capsule.


Camomile is an herb used for soothing and calming nerves. Ingested as a tea, it can induce calmness and relax you. This herb can be taken as a tincture or a supplement as well and works very well to calm and relax without side effects.

Other Herbs

Ashwagandha (part of the pepper family) is an herbal used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used as a tincture primarily to reduce stress and calm the nerves. Ginkgo biloba can help with blood circulation to the brain, which, in turn, can help stabilise moods and calm nerves. Lemon balm, Lavandula augustifolia and Melissa officinalis are all known for having relaxing and calming effects, and meadowsweet and motherwort can aid in relieving anxiety and helping calm the nerves.

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About the Author

Tyler Woods is a holistic mental-health practitioner and has had a private practice for over 13 years. She holds a master's degree in psychology as well as a Ph.D. from the Creative Health Institute. She enjoys working with holistic mental health. Woods is the author of "The Natural Health and Wellness System" and writes for "The Tucson Citizen" and various other newspapers and magazines.