Anxious? Can’t sleep? Try some Lemon Balm, a member of the mint family. Steep a teabag–or better yet, 1/4 to 1 teaspoonful of the dried leaves–in hot water, and drink up to 4 times daily. Hyperactive kids may also benefit. The dosage for a 75 lb child is 1/2 of the adult dose.
You can also grow Lemon Balm in your garden. Careful, though: Like its mint relatives, it gets wild and crazy, especially when left unattended.
Cautions: Don’t use if you have a thyroid condition, glaucoma, benign prostatic hyperplasia or hormone-sensitive cancer, if you’re taking antidepressants, sedatives or alcohol or if you’re pregnant or nursing. Always consult your doctor first.
All of these herbs—along with others— are called adaptogens, so named because they help your body adapt to stress. They help balance cortisol, which your adrenal glands secrete in response, and help maintain the equilibrium of other biochemicals associated with internal frenzy. Adaptogenic herbs also boost your energy, which means don’t take them too close to bedtime.
The company Gaia Herbs makes a nice formula called Adrenal Health; I’ve been taking it for a year-plus and swear it makes a difference in my inner calm. Some of the herbs inside are also supposed to unlock your sex drive, but that part I will not vouch for.
Overburdened with stressful thoughts? What you need are some bubbles and drawers.
Instead of carrying cumbersome thoughts around all day and night, put each thought in a separate drawer, deep in your brain, and then close it. Prioritize what you need to deal with, and open each drawer individually and only when the time is right–maybe while you’re passing time on the treadmill or in the shower. Just remember to stick the thought back in the drawer so it doesn’t keep haunting you.
Some problems are just not worth your energy. Those you must put in bubbles– and blow away.