Understanding Nervine Herbs


The nervine combinations and herbs have been proven useful aids in relaxing the systems of the body as well as calming the mind, and relaxing the muscles.  Over the years I have discovered several truths about the herbals, one truth is the herbs have the ability to affect the emotional and spiritual life in the same way they affect the physical body.  An example is Uva Ursi, an excellent diuretic it aids in the removal of excess fluid from the body.

My father used Uva Ursi in his healing practice as an aid for those who were stuck in fight-or-flight mode.  He was a bit ahead of his time in his understanding of how this mindset would affect the overall health of the body.  He had discovered how useful this herb could be in soothing the mind and emotions allowing the body to calm naturally.  Listening to him counsel his clients I was able to gleam this little pearl along with many others.

As a young adult; I would take 5 capsules of this herb just before bedtime, which would cause me to fall asleep.  When I woke up the sense of emotional clearing was with me, I felt like someone had pulled a plug allowing all the pent-up emotions to drain out. After discovering the power of the herbal extract I have found 1 tsp. of Uva Ursi has a diuretic effect on the emotions, it has proven to be an excellent aid when used appropriately at aiding the heart and mind to clear the emotional stress caused by emotionally feeding on negative and stressful issues.

Old habits of thinking must be changed.  No herbal support can do this work for us; even so, creating a calmer, relaxed condition of the mind and spirit can aid to protect the health of the body while making it easier to choose a better, healthier, happier way of thinking.

A useful herbal combination is Mullein and Lobelia.  Lobelia as a nervine has a calming effect on the entire body, stopping physical spasms as well as calming serious emotional upsets.  Used as a topical salve these two herbs are a powerful topical antispasmodic, quickly relaxing muscle spasms, calming spastic coughing fits.  Dr Christopher developed this combination as an aid for the Thyroid and glandular system.  As a salve the combination has proven a valuable addition to any herbal medicine cabinet.


The herbal NF (Nerve Food) combination has aided everything from insomnia to panic attacks.  One of the best emotional support combinations this writer has ever worked with, I’ve been truly impressed.

HEAL’s three sleep aids; General Nervine, Insomnia, and Sleep Aid each have their own special personality.  The General Nervine is a strong calming and restorative aid for the nerves, it may be used during times of severe stress in low doses during the day to prevent a complete emotional breakdown; it shores up the emotional strength preventing the descent into hysterics.

The Insomnia is a nice sleep aid, allowing the body to become drowsy.  This is a formula that fits some very well while others have indicated it not that effective.

Sleep Aid is a calming aid for the entire body.  I’ve personally used this to calm my restless legs issues.  A teaspoon full in water works to clear that crawly, restless feeling in my legs.  I also find my sleep restful and unbroken when this formula has been used before bedtime.

About Dara Dietz

Dara D Dietz is co-founder with her Husband of H.E.A.L. Marketplace, a private Natural Healing Association. As a teacher and counselor she has been supporting the members of H.E.A.L. with Natural Healing information and herbal supports since 1998. She continues to maintain strong ties to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since healing her own kidney ailments she has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using natural herbal remedies. Dara has written and compiled numerous articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics. Drawing from her own healing experiences and borrowing from the vast wisdom of natural healers long departed, she continues to provide H.E.A.L.’s international membership with down to earth natural healing wisdom in H.E.A.L.’s bi-weekly newsletters. Dara and her husband currently reside in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
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