If your body doesn’t recover physical and mental energy from everyday life, our nervous system suffers.

We live in a society full of hurry. Our accelerated pace of life means that we are subdued, almost second by second, to clock hands. However, that agitation isn’t harmless at all: it can exhaust us both physically and mentally, which obviously entails a worsening in our life quality.

The nervous system is a complex and sophisticated system, and regulates and coordinates body functions and activities. If our body doesn’t have the necessary time to recover, its physical and mental energies run out, which can take its toll and cause us anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia episodes, among others.

Overcoming these increasingly frequent situations not only requires habits change, but also personal resources and abilities to know how to manage both our minds and will.

Nature offers us a wide variety of plants that, for their relaxant and sedative action on the nervous system, contribute to overcoming our accelerated rhythm of life. Advantageously, most of them aren’t additive and have no side effects, such as a residual somnolence state the next morning, quite common when using synthetic preparations. We highlight the following plants:

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha L): it is a very well-known plant for its sedative properties, being quite useful to relieve anxiety-related disorders. Moreover, it is extremely beneficial for our heart, since the plant tones it, helps to normalize arterial blood pressure, and improves blood flow.

Orange blossom (Citrus aurantium L): orange tree flowers, known as orange blossom, contain an aromatic essence with sedative properties. It is a highly used plant for nervousness and insomnia conditions.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis L): the combined action of the different components of this plant (valepotriates and essential oil mainly) lend it relaxing and sedative effects.

Linden (Tilia platyphyllos Scop): this plant’s varied uses are related to its sedative and relaxant effects. Hot baths with a linden infusion have a calming and relaxing effect.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata L): its flowers and leaves contain flavonoids, sterols, small amounts of indole alkaloids, and pectin. It’s a beneficial plant for anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia states. For its muscle relaxant properties, it’s useful for muscle cramps.

Oat (Avena sativa L): it is recommended for stress, physical and mental exhaustion, nervousness, insomnia, and mild depression, due to its balancing properties of the nervous system. It is a quite nutritive plant that contains carbohydrates, proteins, unsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, the reason why it is useful for convalescence, athletes, or students in exam periods.

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