The Christmas period can be a particularly stressful time for many individuals, especially those who are hosting.

There's so much to do and so much to prepare for, meaning that a number of people feel nervous and anxious throughout the whole festive season.

It shouldn't be the case that you are feeling tense for such a long period of time, especially at a time which should be really enjoyable.

Some herbs are known to relieve anxiety. They're completely natural, meaning that you're not at all damaging your body by trying them out.

St. Johns Wort

It is thought that extracts of this herb have an antidepressant effect.

It inhibits the stimulation of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine - the little hormones that make us happy.

Feeling happy is part of relieving stress, so get yourself smiling this Yuletide.

Kava Kava   

This herb is great for people whose anxiety is prohibiting them from being able to sleep at night.

Insomnia is often linked with nervousness, as the stress cumulates and stops you from being able to relax.

Specialist Jason Ellis calls it an "alternative to valium" because of its strength - so be wary.

"Bear in mind, Kava Kava will knock you out. It acts as a sedative so don’t take it if you need to stay alert for any duration of time. This is a more powerful alternative if Valerian root isn’t getting rid of your nocturnal anxiety effectively enough," he said.


Owing to lavender's anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, it can work to balance hormones and stimulate the immune system.

It is also great at helping people get to sleep because of its calming scent.

Try adding the essential oil to your pillow for an anxiety-free sleep.

To have a stress free day, bath time with lavender can also be particularly calming.

Alison Wyndham, director of the Wyndham Centre advises "a lavender bath - this is very relaxing and a good healer for the muscles".