Nervines are calming and relaxing herbal allies that soothe and comfort us on a physical, mental and emotional level at times of uncertainty, fear or stress. They work to ease feelings of panic and anxiety that can cause stress of the nervous system, which in turn lowers immunity. They are very useful allies when undergoing big shifts on the spiritual plain.
Nervines work well blended together with adaptogenic herbs in hot infusions. Where adaptogens benefit the body over long term usage, nervines have a fast acting effect on the body and are excellent to turn to when you need instant support and a mood lift.
Here are some nervines I like to blend on the daily:
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustofolia)
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Elderflower (Sambucus nigra)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Linden flower (Tilia spp.)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Milky oat tops (Avena sativa)
As you can see from my list, many nervines are also very aromatics herbs. The volatile oils responsible for their heavenly scents are the catalyst for easing anxious symptoms, transmuting them into tranquil states of relaxation. I like to mix some adaptogens in with my nervine blends for fully comprehensive stress relief.
As always, please do your own research before working with any herbs new to you. Many are not suitable during pregnancy and for those with certain medical conditions.