Herbs to strengthen your nerves

A caring woman
A caring woman

There are many native herbs, which have proven themselves in the preparations for homework, exam and job interview. Find out which and how to use them.

Nervousness, stress and tension

Hardly anyone goes completely relaxed in an exam. It does not matter if you have an important homework, a driver’s license test, a final exam or a job interview – the very thought of it causes most people a queasy feeling. But also extreme nervousness, restlessness, problems concentrating and learning, sleep disorders, nausea or diarrhea. According to research, nearly 40 percent of all students and 20 percent of working people in the Western world suffer from test anxiety in situations where their performance is evaluated. A certain amount of tension makes sense. If we are under pressure before and during a test, the organism releases more hormones, which raise awareness in a normal dose. Fear, on the other hand, paralyzes us and makes us sick. That’s why it’s important to keep them at bay – and some native plants can provide wonderful support.

Valuable herbs

One of them is the stinging nettle – it is highly valued by herbalists, because of its valuable active ingredients. Many people now use the power of stinging nettle in the spring to remove toxins and to purge the body. It has a similar effect on the mental level, when it stimulates our brain to let go and thus makes room for new learning and knowledge. This not only makes sense before an exam, but can also be used in school and university life to get more confidence.

In the fight against test anxiety, nervousness and fatigue, nature provides us with hawthorn, another reliable helper aside. Healers use its leaves and flowers since the 14th century to strengthen the heart, circulation and performance. Mostly it is applied internally, but it can also unfold its circulation-promoting, tension-dissolving and constructive properties in hand and foot bath. In addition to these vitalizing measures, soothing and balancing applications have proved their worth during stress and test phases.

Probably the best-known plant that can help us is valerian. In fact, hardly anyone knows that it is a native plant to Europe and North America – and how pretty its flower looks.

For a clear mind

Valerian is a gift of nature for every examinee. If you can not stop the recurring thoughts in the evenings because of all the math formulas or other learning material and hover above the bed, it will bring us down and give us the necessary grounding. One of its best allies is the lavender. Its ingredients are both relaxing and stimulating – ideal if you need a clear and alert mind and concentrate. Hops and lemon balm are also approved companions of valerian. Like the fennel, both herbs can soothe not only the nerves, but also the abdomen and the so-called abdominal brain, which often reacts to flatulence and other digestive problems on performance pressure and exam stress.

Valerian, lavender, hops and melissa can be cultivated well in the garden. The angelica for the nibbles can also be easily grown there. It is the ideal helper when it gets tight – in the exam as well as in the respiratory tract. And it helps to come to rest after working too long with computer or overstimulation during learning. This plant grows quickly to an impressive perennial.

Happiness tea for exam anxiety and brain-fag


2 pints of peppermint, lime blossom, verbena and chamomile


Pour the herbs with 1 liter (34 fl oz / 2 pint (us)) of boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. Then strain.


Drink the tea throughout the day. The herbal mixture calms and gives a sense of security

Syrup made of lavender blooms for scattered thoughts and exaggerated perfectionism


1 kg (2.2 lbs) of sugar, 15 g (0.56 oz) of citric acid, 40 g (1.4 oz) of lavender flowers, preferably harvested fresh


Bring the sugar to a boil with 1.25 l (42 fl oz) of water and allow cooling. Add citric acid and lavender flowers and mix well. Let cool for 4 days, then strain. Heat the syrup to 80 °C / 176 °F and immediately fill hot into prepared bottles. Cool and dark stored useable for 5 months.


Take 1 tbsp syrup daily. Contributes to composure and helps to shut down the demands on oneself.

Lavender tea for reassuring and tension

As an alternative, you can prepare a lavender tea by yourself.

Preparation and application

  • put two teaspoons of dried flowers in a tea strainer in a mug
  • dash with boiling hot water
  • cover with a lid and let steep for 8 to 10 minutes
  • remove the lid from the tea and let the condensed drops on the lid flow into the tea, they are rich in essential oils
  • remove the tea strainer and enjoy the relaxing tea
  • do not drink more than 2-3 cups a day

Here you find more about lavender and its use.

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