For centuries, lavender has been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, digestive aid, and gas remedy. Lavender tea and essential oil are prescribed to treat common minor ailments such as insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and gas. Its aroma helps to stimulate mental processes to help patients with dementia and alleviate mild to moderate depression.
Marshmallow root is an ingredient in many lung preparations and cough syrups, as well as preparations for urinary tract problems, stomach ailments, and wound healing.
Fo-Ti is recommended as a tonic to maintain youthful vigour, increase energy, tone the kidneys and liver, and purify the blood. It is said to have the effects of darkening prematurely grey hair.
Passionflower is an aid for those who overwork, being both invigorating and soothing. It aids concentration; calms the spirit, central nervous system, liver, and heart; relaxes the nerves; slightly lowers blood pressure; increases the respiratory rate; helps slow down the breakdown of neurotransmitters; and induces rest. It aids sleep without leaving one feeling hung over the next morning, and, of course, it is not addictive.
Skullcap calms and strengthens the nerves, relaxes spasms, relieves pain, and promotes rest. It can help rebuild nerve sheaths. One of its constituents, scutellarin, is transformed in the body into scutellarein, which helps stimulate the brain to produce more endorphins.
Valerian useful for disorders such as restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, hysteria, menstrual problems, headaches, and nervous stomach. The German Commission E has approved valerian for restlessness and sleeping disorders based on nervous conditions.