A depressant herb acts to reduce nervous sensation, lower a functional activity in the Central Nervous System or to reduce vital energy by causing the relaxation of nerves, muscles or tissues.

Depressant herbs have traditionally been used in the treatment of restlessness and sleep disturbances. The German Commission E has approved hops (Humulus lupulus) as a calming and sleep promoting drug, passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) for nervous restlessness, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and lavender flower (Lavandula angustifolia) as a sedatives.

Also called: Stimulant, Motor-depressant

Depressant Herbs

  • Hops (Humulus lupulus)
  • Kava (Piper methysticum)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
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