What is a nervine?

A nervine is a herb that nourishes the central nervous system to restore balance and restfulness in the body. These plant-based remedies impart a therapeutic effect on the nerves to calm their restlessness in the process. They are primarily used to treat anxiety, stress, confusion, overexcitement, and insomnia. 

Nervines are acknowledged as a much safer option than prescription drugs. They strengthen the nervous system and repair the damaged nerves to treat neuronal ailments. They are often used in conjunction with other natural healing methods to cater to muscular cramps and spasms.

Nervines are categorized as:

  • Stimulants (St. John’s Wort, cola, ginkgo)
  • Relaxants/Tonic (Valerian, chamomile, hops, lavender)

What are the herbal benefits of Nervine?

Nervine has been in circulation since its introduction in 1884. It is frequently used to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Confusion
  • Overexcitement
  • Restlessness
  • Irritation
  • Insomnia
  • Shingles
  • Neuropathic pain (especially due to nerve damage caused by diabetes)
  • Pain due to spinal cord injury

The stimulant nervines can be used to cater to:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Tiredness

3 Herbs that act as Nervine



Valerian root (Valerian Officinalis) has been in use for hundreds of years due to its myriad of reported benefits. It is a well-known soporific that has freed millions from the shackles of insomnia. It is an excellent nervine relaxant that contains valepotriates which perform a stellar job at inducing sedation.
Valerian Root Tincture can be used to improve the quality of sleep by reducing the sleep latency period which in turn gives a sense of revival upon waking up. It also remarkably deals with anxiety, stress, menstrual cramps, hypertension, joint pains, and headaches.



Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is yet another blessing from mother nature for people who are tyrannized by the audacity of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. It soothes overexcitement of the nerves helping you, and even your little one, have a calm, peaceful night’s sleep. You can safely add Catnip tea or tincture to your routine to calm your agitated nerves and let your mind unwind from the stress.



All praises to nature for bestowing this bountiful blessing upon us cloaked in the form of a passionflower that serves to erase all the painful transcripts of sleepless nights. It is a perfect nervine relaxant that serves as an anxiolytic, mild sedative, and antispasmodic. Use Passionflower Tincture to promote a restful night’s sleep, relieve pain and spasms, and reduce the severity of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Other Medicinal Plants that Act as a Nervine