October 2011
The Herb Lady

Herbs Can Be Helpful in Controlling Stress and Anxiety

Stress is physical, mental and emotional tension. This is a situation all humans (and possibly all other animals) share. There is no way we can avoid it. Since we can’t avoid it, we need to take proper measurements to help combat it.

Stress causes a great need for the B vitamins in our systems. Severe stress causes a greater need. In turn, the lack of B vitamins will cause us to suffer more from stress. As an herbalist, I have learned we cannot store the B vitamins in our systems. Therefore, we need to be sure we have a daily intake from some reliable source. Of course, we get some from our diet, but this is not always sufficient.

During my years as Dr. Jane Day’s office nurse, I gave many injections. B12 was most often mixed with a product which supplied other B vitamins and nutrients. Evidently, this great physician was aware that when we need one of the B vitamins we need them all.

I’m going to tell you about the product I take to insure my daily intake of B vitamins. It’s called Nutra Calm. It is recommended as a balanced relaxant for stress and nervousness. In additional to B vitamins, Nutra Calm contains other nutrients which are needed by our nerve cells to grow and produce nerve energy. I’m not going to list all these ingredients. However, since I’m The Herb Lady, I am going to give you a bit of knowledge about its calming herbs.

BEE POLLEN is also known as "the nectar of the Gods." This is not a plant, but comes from plants. Bees go about their task of gathering nectar from flowers to produce honey and royal jelly. While doing so, they also collect pollen on their wings. Enterprising entrepreneurs sometimes place wire mesh at the entrance of the bee hives. As the bees go through this mesh, pollen is knocked from their wings to be used as a nutritional product. It is considered to be one of the most perfect foods on earth.

HOPS (Humulus lupulus) is a perennial vine growing wild in many places. I’ve never seen it growing. I understand the fruit is gathered with a cherry picker (a high reaching piece of equipment). This fruit is also a popular ingredient in beer. It has been used to treat anxiety, insomnia and restlessness for more than 1,000 years.

PASSION FLOWER (Passiflora incarnate) is a vining plant. The flowers bear a strong resemblance to Christ’s crucifixion, therefore its name. It is an antispasmodic, muscle relaxant and sleep aid. This delicious fruit is commonly called "maypop." As children, my sister and I were delighted to find an infrequent ripe fruit while working on our farm. We would share it.

SCHISANDRA chinensis is a deciduous woody vine. It is native to Northern China and the Russian Far East. I understand it is hardy here in our temperate zone, but have never had the pleasure of seeing it growing. The fruit is used as a male tonic and it has strong liver protecting properties. Among other health benefits, it is a relaxing herb. However, it should not be taken by pregnant women.

VALERIAN (Valeriana off.) is also called "garden heliotrope." It is a hardy perennial which can easily be grown in this area. It produces pretty white, pink or lavender flowers. Its roots are used for a variety of health problems including insomnia and anxiety. This herb stinks! But I do not detect the odor in the Nutra Calm tablets.

As stated, this is one of the nutritional products I take daily. These products help to keep me healthy, happy and energetic in my golden years. Of course, while Nutra Calm is aiding in the control of stress, it is contributing to my overall health in other ways as well.

As always, I suggest you consult with your physician before taking any herbal product. There are some nerve problems which definitely require modern medicine for control. For those who need this, I strongly suggest you continue as instructed. However, it is my opinion the addition of Nutra Calm would be helpful.

Nadine Johnson can be reached at (251) 644-5473, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 7425, Spanish Fort, AL 36577. She has a long history of involvement with herbs. She is also an independent distributor of Nature’s Sunshine Products.