Lavender is one of my favorite herbs for anxiety. It helps to calm the mind and make space for the anxious or nervous person to think about something besides their anxiety—this can be a great first step toward making change. In my book, Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen, I discuss using it in culinary and medicinal preparations ranging from Lavender Fizz to Steak with a Lavender and Black Pepper Crust. I also find that lavender tea or glycerin tincture are soothing ways to use the herb. A calming aromatic herb from the mint family, lavender helps soothe anxiety, restlessness, anger, tension, and depression.
One of my favorite things about lavender is that the aromatherapeutic properties of the plant are as powerful as internal applications, so anytime you smell the plant the medicinal effects are already working their magic. This means that when you cook with lavender, the healing is in both the preparation and the finished product!