Herbs for Stress Relief

Common Name Latin Name  (Parts Used) Uses

blue skullcap

Scutellaria lateriflora (Leaves) Used for trouble sleeping, anxiety, nervous tension. Shown to be a mood booster. Taken internally in extract form and in herbal teas  (Perennial)
blue vervain Verbena hastata (Flowers, Leaves) Used to treat anxiety, depression, and headaches.  Taken internally in extract form and in herbal teas  (Perennial)
California poppy Eschscholzia californica (Flowers, Leaves, Stems) Used for managing pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Provides relaxation and mild sedation. Taken internally by capsule and extract form and in herbal teas (Annual)
common oats Avena sativa (Leaves, Stems) Used to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and nervous exhaustion. Taken internally as an extract and by powder and capsule form (Annual)
common thyme Thymus vulgaris (Leaves) Used to treat stress. Taken internally by capsule and extract form and in herbal teas. It is also a popular essential oil (Perennial)
German chamomile Matricaria recutita (Flowers) Used as a remedy for depression, anxiety, and nervous tension, and as a sleep aid. Taken internally by capsule form, liquid extracts, tinctures and in herbal teas  (Perennial)
holy basil Ocimum tenuiflorum (Flowers, Leaves, Stems) Used to treat many conditions, including stress. It is an adaptogenic herb, meaning there are substances found in the plant that help boost the body’s resilience in dealing with stressors. Taken internally by capsule form or prepared in food. Herbal tea is made from the dried plant (Annual)
lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Flowers, Leaves) Used to treat headaches, anxiety, depression, nausea and to promote sleep. Lavender is the most popular essential oil in the world. Herbal tea is made from the flowers. Essential oil from the herb is used topically  (Perennial)
lemon balm Melissa officinalis (Leaves) Used for anxiety, stress, insomnia and as a mood booster. Contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It can be prepared in food or herbal teas (Perennial)
sweet marjoram Origanum majorana (Leaves) Used for its anxiety-reducing, properties. Marjoram oil is used for depressiondizziness, migraines, nervous headaches, nerve pain, insomnia and teeth grinding. Essential oil from the herb is applied topically (Annual)
wood betony Stachys officinalis (Flowers, Leaves) Used to treat anxiety. It is excellent for digestive distress caused by nervous tension, anxiety and depression. Stimulates weak digestion while it soothes and calms. Used as a tincture or smoked for the treatment of headaches. Taken internally in extract form and in herbal teas (Perennial)