9 Stress-Busting Relaxation Herbs

9 Stress Relief Herbs for to Relax and Fight Anxiety.

Are you a stressed out little witch?  Put on some chill-out music, put your feet up and try using one of these relaxation herbs.

Workplace conflicts, the chaos of parenting, the pressure to perform in school and social obligations make many people feel completely drained at the end of the day.

Take time out for a little high-quality magical self-care.

Natural, aromatic and calming, these 9 relaxation herbs soften tension and sooth frayed nerves.

Breath deep!

Please note:  The following information is meant for spiritual healing in the context of a magical practice.  None of the information below is intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness.  Random lifestyle blogs are a very, very poor source of medical advice!  Also, this post may contain affiliate links.  Check out Moody Moon’s disclosure page for more about these topics.  


Representing the space where land meets water, the lotus flower symbolizes connection with the divine and universal consciousness.

Add a few drops of lotus essential oil to your favorite unscented lotion or massage oil.

Then, use it to give yourself a foot massage.


Got a tension headache?

Fill a bowl with hot (but not scalding) water.  Add 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Soak a cotton rag in the solution.  Then fold it into thirds, lay down and place it across your forehead. avoiding contact with eyes.

And if that’s not enough, check out these other ideas to use peppermint in witchcraft.  


The apple-like fragrance of this sweet-smelling herb lightens the air in any room.

Brew chamomile into tea and drink it generously before bedtime.  

Or, the tea to your nighttime bathwater for a soulful tub of serenity.



Feeling the world rock under your feet?

Earthy-smelling thyme grounds and centers chaos.

Crush thyme leaves between your thumb and forefinger.  Then, add them to an aromatherapy bag of relaxation herbs and carry it with you.

Don’t stop there.  Thyme has many other magical properties.


The latest trend in herbalism, Ashwaganda is having a bit of a moment.

An important Ayurvedic herb, the commercially available version usually comes in powder form.

While ancient Indian healers have been using it for thousands of years to manage stress and other conditions, it seems the Western needed some time to catch up.

Add some to your next batch of moon milk and drop your baggage outside the sacred circle this coming Esbat.


Herbalists use its volatile essential oil as an expectorant to loosen phlegm and open airways.

It also happens to alleviate pent-up rush hour rage.

Boil a pot or food-safe cauldron of water on the stove.  Add 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil.  Allow the vapors permeate your living space.

An especially perfect relaxation ritual while you recover from a cold or flu.


Perhaps most famous for its relaxation properties, lavenders earthy/floral fragrance lulls you into tranquility.

Burn some dried lavender flower on a charcoal disk at the end of a long day and let the smoke carry away your worries.

Ahhh . . .

Have some leftover?  Here are 10 more ways to use lavender in witchcraft.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm and purple flowers.

This astringent smelling herb clears the mind of stress-inducing psychic clutter.

Drink organic lemon balm tea to unwind your proverbial knots and clear pent-up energetic blockages.

Lemon Grass

A mood-brightening oil, lemon grass lightens the heaviness of daily stress.

Add lemon grass essential oil to your recipe for smokeless smudge spray to increase tranquility in your home and sacred space.

Relaxation herbs to sooth stress and anxiety.

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