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In memory of Mother: Daddy's post-traumatic stress disorder part three

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The last three herbs to mention as a possibility to help one’s nervous condition or those suffering from post-traumatic, stress-disorder are licorice, peppermint and vervain.

Licorice tea is known for helping to relieve ulcers, while peppermint tea is known for calming one all over. It’s been used for hysteria and nervous disorders.

Licorice and peppermint tea are more commonly known than vervain. Vervain is known as ‘The Herb of Grace,’ and for centuries in Europe, it was a sacred herb, blessed before harvest, and used for religious rituals.

The herbalist, Pliny, in A.D.77, said that people believed that if they were rubbed with vervain their wishes would come true, it would banish fever, and it would cure all diseases. It was once worn around the neck to bring good luck.

Vervain has aphrodisiac properties to ease anxiety, depression, lethargy, headaches, and irritability. Also, vervain is a sedative and tonic to the nervous system. It calms one down and strengthens one’s ability to withstand stress.

Since vervain is sedative and aphrodisiac in nature, it makes a great nightcap to strengthen one’s nerves while one sleeps.

To make an herbal infusion with vervain, steep one teaspoonful of the dried herb with one cup of boiling water. Allow vervain to steep for ten to fifteen minutes, covered. One can add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten if desired.

This herb can be sold as an extract. 15 to 20 drops of this extract can be added to warm water and served as a tea. One can find this product at www.iherb.com. Use this coupon code, BER298 and save $5.00 or $10.00 at checkout.