Rosemary has historically been used to alleviate ailments ranging from indigestion to poor memory. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that at least one study proved rosemary beneficial for relieving anxiety; However, another study found rosemary can actually increase anxiety. If you find rosemary to be relaxing, you can take the dried herb as a tea preparation, or added to bath water. Rosemary essential oil is used in aromatherapy, but can have a convulsant effect on those susceptible to epileptic seizures.
The variety of chamomile most popular in the United States is German chamomile, or Matricaria recutita. Chamamelum nobile, also known as Roman or English chamomile, is also available as a herbal supplement. Both kinds of chamomile are used to reduce stress, anxiety and nervousness. Chamomile is also believed helpful for relieving muscle spasms and skin conditions. There are few human studies regarding the calming effect of chamomile, but research on animals show that a low dose of chamomile reduces anxiety and promotes restful sleep.
Avena sativa, or oatstraw, is the stalk part of the oat plant which is used in cereals and other foods. As well as being part of a staple food crop for people in many countries, oatstraw has traditional herbal uses as a stress reliever. Oatstraw can be taken as a supplement or in a tea infusion, and is believed effective in combating exhaustion associated with neurological pain. Additionally, oatstraw is commonly used as a remedy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and for more general anxiety.