We asked Clinical Herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver to share how plants and herbs can support our mental and physical health right now.

We’re in a strange time right now with so much uncertainty due to COVID19. For many of us, the uncertainty is bringing up feelings of anxiety, fear, loneliness, and more.

Here is the full guide for using plants and herbs to support mind and body health during this time.

Make the most out of your spice cabinet because let’s face it, we may not be getting out much these days


For helping with sugar cravings by regulating blood sugar 

Sugar cravings can be intense and they are induced by stress, which is certainly be something many are experiencing right now. The last thing we want to be doing while being at home for long periods of time is disrupt our gut health from the wrong foods. Add cinnamon to your morning coffee or tea or sprinkle it on your food. 


For brain health and memory 

Rosemary is a power herb, known to be an activator by bringing blood flow to your brain. It’s also a great anti-bacterial to protect our immune system. If you’re not used to working from home, this could be a good herb to try for increased focus. Use it to season your soups, salads, savory meals. 

Consider using these herbs for immunity support, increased focus, and stress & anxiety


For immune support, calming, and sleep

Reishi provides deeper immune system support and calms the nervous system. We like to take it at night to help with sleep.


For immune support and relief

Astragalus is great for the immune system and it has been traditionally used in Eastern Medicine to treat the common cold. We like to take this in liquid form for quick absorption.

Lion’s Mane

For mental clarity and focus

Lion’s Mane is great for mental clarity and a more balanced mood. Best taken first thing in the morning, we’ve noticed that it lifts any grogginess and promotes productivity throughout the day.


For increased focus and energy

Ginkgo is great for focus and energy. We like to take it when we need an extra boost. It’s great if you’re currently working from home and get easily distracted.


To ease stress and anxiety

For instant mental relaxation and calming of the nervous system. Calming lavender comes many forms – from balms to roll ons to diffusing oils. We love this face and body lavender mist from Saje – one of our favorite brands. It’s instantly calming. We love to spray a little on our pillow before bed for a super relaxing experience.

Holy Basil

To ease stress and anxiety

Holy Basil is an adaptogen meaning that it can easily adapt to your internal environment to help calm the nervous system down. This particular adaptogen is great for anxiety and stress. We highly recommend ordering this tincture made lovingly by Bonnie Rose Weaver herself.

Valerian Root

For help with sleep and calming down

Valerian Root works wonders, especially in the sleep department. We love it because it helps you fall asleep without feeling drowsy in the morning. Bonnie Rose Weaver says to take Valerian root when you feel like you literally need a chill pill.

Passion Flower

For stress relief

Passionflower is great for relieving stress without feeling drowsy after so this is something you can take during the day. It works through the muscular-skeletal system.

For more on herbs and how they can help, listen to our latest podcast episode with Bonnie Rose Weaver where she dives even deeper into the benefits of some of these herbs and talks about how to build community in Corona Virus times. To work with Bonnie, reach out to her via her website.

Important Note: When introducing any supplements or herbs, it’s best to see a practitioner for dosage guidelines and the specific regimen that makes sense for you. This article is not a substitute for professional advice or treatment.

Katherine Griffiths

Katherine Griffiths

Katherine is the co-founder of Virra and co-host of the ’This Life Explains It All’ podcast. Prior, Katherine led teams and programs at LinkedIn and BuzzFeed. She is a certified Practitioner Coach.
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