Sometimes, the path to inner peace can seem like an uphill journey. Certain things, like meditation, can keep us grounded and centered. When practiced daily, meditation can reduce stress and ease the mind so you can handle the challenges that come your way.
Certain herbs have a calming effect and promote a sense of well-being, which can be beneficial to your mindfulness practice. Here are two of our favorite herbs for meditation.
In Ayurvedic medicine, holy basil (also known as Tulsi and Ocimum sanctum) has been used to treat respiratory problems and headaches. Holy basil is well known for its adaptogenic properties and ability to reduce stress while promoting balance.
In a review article published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers found that holy basil was up to 39 percent more effective in reducing stress-related symptoms when compared to subjects in the placebo group.
Holy basil is available in a number of formulations, including capsules, teas and liquid extracts.
Chamomile has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is likely one of the most well-known herbs to aid in relaxation and one of the most popular herbal tea ingredients.
Studies have shown that chamomile is effective for promoting sleep and some evidence suggests the flowering herb could also provide some benefit to those who suffer from chronic insomnia.
After a long and stressful day, a cup of chamomile tea can help ease you into a meditative state before bedtime for deeper sleep.