Kava, for general anxiety and insomnia. This stuff works on the same receptors as classical benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, etc.) but is more anxiolytic than hypnotic in effect, so you won't wake up with your face on the floor wondering what the hell you did the day before. And the best part is, you can pick this stuff up at virtually any health food store in America.
Kratom, for depression and lethargy. The official name for the plant is Mitragyna speciosa. It has hundreds of alkaloids that work differently in different doses. Some of the alkaloids are opiate agonists, so this stuff can be as addictive as heroin, and risk of overdose is real. Start slow and be careful.
Papaver somniferum, for pain and relaxation. This is illegal (and again, addictive), but you can order small amounts off of the Internet and at some flower shops. The active ingredients are morphine and codeine. Powerful stuff. But this is the plant most painkillers are extracted from.
Salvia divinorum, meditation aid/inner discovery. Still legal in the U.S., this is a fast-acting tryptamine psychedelic. I have long been an advocate for the use of psychedelics as an aid to self-discovery. Don't overdo it, though. You want to come back more found, not more lost.
Eyedea's Total Home Flu Remedy This is my favorite one: Lock yourself in a room and watch funny movies. You'd be surprised by how much laughing can heal!
Eyedea and Abilities play Hawthorne Theatre Sunday, Feb. 7, with Dosh and Animal Farm. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.