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Herbs useful for treating stress: Basil, valerian.

Herb name: Basil, Ocimum basilicum

herbs - basil

Family: Lamiaceae

Useful plant parts: All parts that grow above ground

Description: Basil is a hardy plant that usually grows to about 50 cm in height. The leaves are oval, placed on long stems. Joint flowers of this plant in the shape of blooms are usually pink, white or red, and develop on the tops of branches.

Collecting period and locations: Basil flourishes in the period from June to September, and can be gathered virtually at any time since all parts of the plant, except roots, are useful for healing. This plant comes from India, so in our area (Croatia) it can not be found in the wild, although it can sometimes be found near villages because basil is a relatively often cultivated herb.


Medicinal properties and applications: Basil is very effective against flatulence and gastric disturbances. In addition, it works against stress, and is useful against insomnia. Also, it can help people with a lack of appetite.

Basil can also be added as a spice to many different meals, such as meat sauce, tuna sauce, cabbage salad, green salad, but also many other.

Active compounds: Tannins, essential oils, glycosides and saponins.

Recipe: Basil tea is usually prepared by using dried flourishing branches. Two spoons of the mentioned dry material are poured in 1/4 liter of boiling water and left for 15-20 minutes. After that tea should be strained and is ready to be used.

Herb name: Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

herbs - valerian

Family: Valerianaceae

Useful plant parts: Mainly the roots

Description: Valerian is a perennial plant which can reach a height above one meter. The stem of this plant is hollow and has a ribbed surface. The leaves are composed of a larger number of smaller parts (usually up to twenty per leaf). At the top of the stem, a large number of small flowers develop during summer. The flowers are usually white or pink colored.

Collecting period and locations: The roots of this plant are usually dug out in September. Afterwards, the roots are washed thoroughly, and then they are usually dried in air, whereby the roots gradually develop their characteristic and intensive smell. As for the locations, valerian can be found on moist and shady places - on forest edges, along shrubs, and on similar locations. There are also a few species which do well on relatively dry habitats as well.


Medicinal properties and applications: One of the main applications of valerian is treating psychological tension and anxiety, as well as irritability. It can also treat insomnia and even tachycardia to a certain degree. Along with its mild sedative effects, valerian also shows certain properties associated with stimulants - thereby, valerian can also be helpful when one feels fatigued and tired. However, the effects can differ from person to person, but they generally stay within the boundaries of effects described above.

Active compounds: Valepotriates, essential oils, alkaloids, sesquiterpenes, various organic acids.

Recipe: Valerian tea can be prepared by adding two full teaspoons of dried valerian roots to 1/4 liter of cold water. This is then left for about twelve hours. During this time, the mixture is stirred from time to time. Afterwards, the mixture can be strained, and the tea is then ready.



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