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 Herbal Actions: Nervine 

Nervine Relaxants & Their Secondary Actions
Alterative : Black Cohosh, Red Clover

Analgesic : Chamomile, Jamaican Dogwood, Passion Flower, St.John's Wort, Wild Lettuce, Wood Betony

Anti-Catarrhal : Chamomile, Hyssop, Linden, Wood Betony

Anti-Inflammatory : Balm, Chamomile, Linden

Anti-Microbial: Chamomile, Hops, Pasque Flower

Anti-Spasmodic: Balm, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Chamomile, Cramp Bark, Hops, Hyssop, Lavender, Linden, Lobelia, Motherwort, Pasque Flower, Passion Flower, Scullcap, St. John's Wort, Valerian

Astringents : Black Haw, Black Horehound, Cramp Bark, Hops, Linden, St.John's Wort

Bitter: Chamomile, Hops, Mugwort, Wood Betony

Carminative : Balm, Chamomile, Hops, Hyssop, Lavender, Motherwort, Mugwort, Valerian

Diaphoretic: Black Cohosh, Hyssop, Linden, Vervain

Diuretic : Linden

Emmenagogue : Black Cohosh, Black Horehound, Motherwort, Mugwort

Expectorant : Black Horehound, Hyssop, Lobelia

Hepatic : Vervain

Hypnotic : Californian Poppy, Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower, Valerian, Wild Lettuce

Hypotensive : Linden, Motherwort, Passion Flower, Scullcap, Valerian

Tonic : Borage, Mugwort, Scullcap, St. John's Wort, Vervain

Vulnerary : Borage, Chamomile, St. John's Wort

Nervine Relaxants & Their System Affinity
Cardio-Vascular : Motherwort, Linden

Respiratory :Lobelia

Digestive : Chamomile, Vervain

Reproductive : Black Cohosh

Nervous : St. John's Wort, Scullcap

The Skin : Red Clover

Nervine Stimulants
Direct stimulation of the nervous tissue is not often needed in our times of hyperactivity. In most cases it is more appropriate to stimulate the body's innate vitality with the help of nervine or bitter tonics, which work by augmenting bodily harmony and thus have a much deeper and longer-lasting effect than nervine stimulants. In the last century much more emphasis was placed by herbalist's upon stimulant herbs. It is, perhaps, a sign of the times that our world is supplying us with more than enough stimulus.

When direct nervine stimulation is indicated, the best herb to use is Kola Nut, although Guarana, Coffee, Mate, and Tea should also be remembered. A problem with these commonly used stimulants is that they have a number of side-effects and can themselves be involved in causing many minor psychological problems such as anxiety and tension.

Some of the herbs rich in volatile oils are also valuable stimulants, among them the commonest and best are Rosemary and Peppermint.

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David Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMHWhilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it......more
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