If you often experience anxiety in the form of worrying, racing thoughts, and other common symptoms, consider treating your condition with herbs instead of medication. Many cultures have been using herbs as a natural anxiety treatment for thousands of years, and they work quite well if they are used properly. Learn which herbs are best for your needs and how to use them in the safest and most effective way.
Lemon balm. This herb is native to the Mediterranean, and has a long history of using as an anxiety remedy. Lemon balm is used throughout the world to calm the nervous system and digestive tract and to reduce blood pressure. The herb extracts have medicinal ingredients that seem to have a calming effect on the mind, and it’s one of the most popular herbs used to treat anxiety.
Passion flower. Passion flower is an herbal sedative that can give you a sense of calm and help you sleep better. It’s often used to treat insomnia related to anxiety. Passion flower can also help control nausea and the feeling of having “butterflies in the stomach.”
Passion flower is also used to treat anxiety disorder, a more serious form of anxiety.
If you are pregnant, do not take passion flower. It may be unsafe for women who are carrying a child, since it contains chemicals that may cause the uterus to contract.
Lavender. This powerful, pleasantly scented herb is known for its calming properties and is widely used in aromatherapy to induce relaxation. In a recent study it was found that the scent from lavender was enough to relax and relieve depression in many of the participants. Lavender is also used to treat digestive problems and abdominal pain.
Do not give lavender to boys who have not yet reached puberty. It may interfere with hormones that cause normal growth to occur.
Fennel. Popular in India, this herb relieves gastrointestinal upsets that are related to anxiety. It can be found growing by the side of the road in California and other locations with temperate climates. Fennel is used to flavor food and candy, and it can also be made into tea.
Kava Kava. Kava kava is considered to be one of the most effective herbal remedies for anxiety. It elevates the mood and calms the mind.It is especially effective in treating stress and depression. Kava kava is non addictive and can be taken as an infusion; taking it in pill form is not as effective. People with liver problems are recommended to stay away from kava kava, although traditional methods of consumption are not shown to be dangerous.
Valerian- Valerian is a flowering plant whose rootswi are said to have sedative, calming properties and aid in the treatment of anxiety-induced insomnia. It is used around the world to reduce stret ss and promote sleep.
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