Our body constantly scans our environment, sensing for any threats, and the sympathetic nervous system leaps into action to prepare for danger. The breathing quickens, to bring in more oxygen, the heart beats faster, and there is an increase of blood flow to the muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system helps us to restore after stress, to slow down the heartbeat, and enter a state of relaxation and recovery. It is active when we eat, sleep and resets the hormones, and we can have improved health when we use stress management techniques to shift into a relaxed state.

Natural aid for “nerves”
It’s natural to be anxious and stressed when problems arise, but other times, we can feel nervous or stressed without any apparent reason. Either way, it makes sense to give ourselves some natural support at these times. There are plenty of natural options to reduce the feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

Nutritional support for the nervous system
The nervous system is a complex and important part of the human body. It includes the brain, the spinal cord, and even parts of our eyes. It carries signals between the brain and other parts of the body – vital information that enables us to function properly and experience the world around us. When relaxed the nerves send sensory signals to the brain, to restore clear messages through the digestive system, cardio vascular system and hormonal pathways.

Possibly the best-known nutrient that is directly beneficial for the nervous system is omega-3 fish oil. This is known to be important for normal brain and vision development in babies during pregnancy, and it can also help to maintain cognitive function and memory in our brains as we grow older. The nutrient, lecithin, can also help to maintain a healthy nervous system.

B-group vitamins play a number of distinct roles in nervous system function and may be beneficial. Vitamin B3 is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and vitamin B1 is required for the normal functioning of nerves.

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins and can also provide nutritional support for general health, including the health of the nervous system. In particular, look out for key amino acids like tyrosine and methionine.

Magnesium and calcium are minerals and, like B vitamins, can help maintain a healthy nervous system. Magnesium in particular is helpful in preventing and relieving muscle cramps, spasms, and “nervous” tics. Alterations in the nervous system, such as insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, worry, or panic attacks can be symptoms of a lack of magnesium in our bodies.

Consume foods rich in magnesium, such as:

•    Cocoa: Dark chocolate.
•    Green leafy vegetables: Swiss chard, lettuce, spinach.
•    Fruit: Banana, apricot, avocado, melon, plum.
•    Nuts: Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts.
•    Legumes: Peas, lentils.
•    Cereal: Brown rice, millet, oats.
•    Seeds
•    Potatoes
•    Pumpkin


Medicinal Plants

The following medicinal plants act as relaxants and boosters of the nervous system.  We can take them as infusions or extracts, or use as air fresheners in our home, and on our skin as essential oils:
•    Lemon balm
•    Ginkgo biloba
•    Hypericum
•    Basil
•    Lavender
•    Passionflower

The herb Brahmi can help with concentration, memory, and learning, while also helping to maintain healthy brain function and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. Brahmi is often combined with Ginkgo biloba, which can help improve blood flow to the brain and promote healthy brain function.

Valerian has a natural sedative effect and can help relieve nervous tension and unrest. It can help to relieve insomnia, so we can get a good night’s sleep. Other traditional sleep herbs include hops, passionflower and skullcap.

St John’s Wort, can also help with sleep problems and nervous tension, and aid in the management of anxiety. When it comes to stress and nervous tension, we must always remember one of the most ancient and best-regarded of all stress herbs: ginseng. Ginseng helps to improve our ability to adapt to stress and difficult circumstances.


Sunlight is an excellent regulator of the nervous system and it also provides us with vitamin D.  We can sunbathe for 10 to 15 minutes per day, preferably in the morning or late afternoon. Supplementation with Vitamin D, is essential in winter to elevate healthy levels, 1000 IU per day.

Walking Barefoot in a Natural Environment
Walking barefoot on moist earth, dewy grass, beach sand, in a river, or in the sea, during at least half an hour a day is the most economic and healthy way to balance our nervous system.  In addition, it helps us to eliminate electromagnetic radiation that we absorb in our body from continuous contact with electronic devices.  We recommend that you test it out, as the results can be noticed from the first day.

Water Therapy
Water at different temperatures helps us to balance our nervous system.  We can do various therapies:

•    Cool, wet rubs with a very thin towel, not dried, following the following pattern: hand-shoulder, foot-groin, torso.  We will do this quickly at first, and then we will dress warmly to enter into the heat.

•    Alternating arm baths.  We will begin by putting our arms in hot water, briefly, one at a time.  The final one has to be cold.  They will last about 30 seconds each.

•    In general, always ending a bath with a few seconds of a cold shower is very beneficial.  We will avoid the head region.

•    Finally, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) baths (100 grams) are very relaxing and revitalizing.



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