The scent of lavender can help you get a restful night’s sleep, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and ease headaches. Sprinkle fresh lavender flowers in your bath or hang an aromatic bunch in your bedroom.
Peppermint relaxes your gut muscles, soothing IBS and trapped wind. It can ease sore throats and it’s a decongestant too. Steep fresh leaves in hot water for a delicious cup of peppermint tea or serve chilled as a refreshing summer drink.
Avoid if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The scent of rosemary helps sharpen memory and concentration, and to ease indigestion. Crush fresh rosemary leaves to brew a warming herbal tea, or inhale the invigorating scent.
Avoid if you take medication to thin your blood, reduce high blood pressure or diuretics.
Camomile is a relaxing herb that can help soothe anxiety, improve sleep and reduce muscle spasms in the gut. Dried camomile flowers make a delicious tea, or eat the fresh leaves in a salad.
Avoid if you’re allergic to plants in the daisy family or if you have asthma.
Lemon balm helps calm anxiety and improve sleep. Sip lemon balm tea for a relaxing bedtime drink.
Avoid if you take sleeping tablets, thyroid medication or antiretroviral drugs.