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Many herbs are useful for emotional support during and after stressful events and emergencies. Essentially, herbs for these types of situation all come from the same category: nervine herbs.
Lavender, linden, rose, skullcap, motherwort, valerian, passionflower, and lemon balm are all examples of nervine herbs. Four of my favorites are rose, hawthorn, angelica, and albizia. Read on to discover a bit more about each!
The aromatic petals of red or pink roses have nervine properties. Rose works well as a tea, extract. or glycerite. Rose has an uplifting influence, and the ability to support a sense of being soothed and nurtured. Thus, it’s ideal to include in formulas for emotional support.
Hawthorn leaves, flowers, and berries are all used. This herb is beneficial because it provides grounding, heart-centered support. It also supports a sense of calm and courage. It can really help make things feel less insurmountable in the face of adversity!
Angelica has an expanding emotional influence, which is especially helpful when shock or trauma has resulted in emotional contraction or “going inwards”. It has many traditional uses in soothing anxiety and pain (such as headaches and stomach aches) related to anxiety.
I always keep a combination of albizia bark and flowers on hand for it’s ability to calm and lift mood. Another name for Albizia in Traditional Chinese Medicine is “The Tree of Happiness” or “Happiness Bark.”
This herb is prized for an ability to support emotional equilibrium. Albizia is also very beneficial for emotional upheaval associated with grief. The bark and flowers are both emotionally supportive. However, the bark is more grounding while the flowers are more uplifting.
My Favorite Emotional Support Blend
My favorite herbal blend for life’s sudden shocks and setbacks is a combination of Rose+Hawthorn+Angelica. I favor a ratio of 2 parts rose, 1 part hawthorn, and 1 part angelica. Change this to equal parts, or to only 1/2 part angelica (some people may find the angelica makes them feel too spacey), as desired. I use this like any standard extract, 30-60 drops at a time, either mixed in a little water or added to a glass of warm milk.
Find more of my favorite herbal recipes to support emotional wellbeing in my book, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens!
All the best,