Magnolia (magnolia officinalis)


Herb used to promote relaxation and a sense of calm

Magnolia is an important therapeutic plant in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicine. It has a long history of use to promote sleep and relaxation. Some use the Magnolia flower for toothaches and to minimize skin irritation and the fragrant bark contains aromatic compounds seen to help support healthy digestion.

Modern herbalists generally use magnolia to support healthy stress response, calm the nerves, and support sleep.* Fossils belonging to this species suggest the magnolia’s relatives were around 95 million years old. A plant that can withstand the stress of a changing planet for so long must have some good tips to pass along.