The chamomile flower, closely related to the daisy, has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years—since early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans discovered its calming properties. Today, chamomile is used for multiple purposes including wound care, treating sleeping problems, digestive issues and even diaper rash. Another promising use for chamomile is in the treatment of—you guessed it—anxiety.
Considered by many to be humankind’s first musical instrument, the drum is our pick for July’s Soother of the Month. This seems counterintuitive, given that drumming typically involves making a lot of loud noise, which seems more likely to spike one’s nerves. Actually, however, there is a good amount of scientific research that demonstrates how the act of keeping rhythm alleviates anxiety and depression.