Mental health plays a main role in influencing every activity and function of a person. Nearly 70% of Americans are on some kind of prescription drug, half of which take 2 or more prescription pills.
Anxiety and depression are number one mental disorders among people and around 25% of Americans suffer from one of them. That is the reason why antidepressants are the 2nd most commonly used drugs in the USA according to Dr. Jennifer St. Sauver.
So with all those die effects, you should consider these natural herbs to treat anxiety before thinking of using those drugs:
Ashwagandha is part of the ayurvedic medicine and has become popular for helping with agoraphobia. It is a kind of anxiety caused by open spaces and large crowds.
A 2012 study of 64 volunteers randomized study found that the herb substantially reduced serum levels of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone. Ashwagandha can be taken in supplement form, but it’s more relaxing as a tea.
This flower has been used for preparing tea for easing hysteria, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. The main benefit comes from its sedative activity. The flower is able to increase gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels in the brain.
The chemical helps people relax and lower the activity of certain cells in the brain. It can be a substitution for Oxazepam (Serax) for treating the systems with no side effects on the focus and cognitive ability.
If You want to make it easier to sleep, you should have a warm cup of chamomile tea. It can also help manage an anxiety attack.
According to numerous studies, this flower offers significant antidepressant activity against a placebo, based on Hamilton Depression Rating (HAM-D) questionnaires.
It is a part of aromatherapy treatment and is used in natural healing for treating nervous disorders as well as mild or moderate depression.
The neuroprotective properties of the plant help in making the mood stable and manage the neurological disorders.
You are free to ingest it or use it on your skin. You can also drink a tea, add a few drops to your bath, or put a pouch of dried lavender flowers into your pillow case.
You have probably noticed that the very scent of vanilla relaxes you almost immediately. A study showed that scents of vanilla helped in reducing anxiety by up to 63 %, in comparison with humidified air usage. This explains the use of vanilla in many candles, creams, and spa products.
6. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm can not only help in easing anxiety, it can also help in enhancing a quality of life even in the case of those patients suffering from severe dementia. This is a pleasing leaf that is nearly citrusy.
It is a much safer alternative than prescribed medications, it is inexpensive, and you can even grow it at home.
Side effects: If taken in food amounts, it is safe. Moreover, it is generally safe for adults, and in appropriate amounts, it is potentially safe to be used up to a month in the case of infants for up to a week and by older children under age 12.
However, if taken orally, it may cause wheezing, abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. A report has shown that it may cause an irritation as well as increased cold sore symptoms if applied to the skin.
Nevertheless, while these natural herbs can effectively reduce anxiety and tension, their effects are temporary. Therefore, make sure you exercise, meditate, lead a healthy lifestyle, and get counseling, in order to effectively treat anxiety.
This is a herb which has been used in Scandinavia and China to reduce stress, treat fatigue, and boost happiness.
The sympathetic nervous system is actually the one which controls shortness of breath, nausea, shaking, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat while this plant helps in reducing those activities in the system. Moreover, it is able to stimulate serotonin release, that is the hormone which makes you happy and feels relaxed.
8. St. John’s Wort
You can find St.John’s Wort at health food stores. In fact, you may even grow it in the backyard. The physician Klaus Linde of the Munich Technical University suggests that it is as effective as antidepressants such as Prozac, but it causes no side- effects.
You can take Valerian in different ways in order to treat headaches, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. It can be taken in the form of tea, or pills. The pills should be taken quickly due to the strong smell, and then take a spoonful of molasses or maple syrup in order to wash the taste down.
Side effects: Valerian is likely safe, but in some rare cases, it may cause excitability, uneasiness, headaches, and even insomnia in some people. Therefore, if you want to stop using it, it is best to gradually reduce the dose over a week or two before stopping completely.
As we mentioned above, ashwagandha is frequently used in the Ayurveda, but it is particularly used in the treatments of agoraphobia, which is the anxiety stimulated by open spaces and large crowds.
Side effects: This plant is regarded safe if consumed orally for a shorter period of time. However, it may provoke side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach upset.
Yet, note that you must consult your doctor or naturopath before you decide to use it, as it interacts with certain prescription drugs such as birth control.
Side-effects: This plant is beneficial if used no more than 12 weeks, or some suggest, a year. Namely, it is potentially unsafe if excessively used, and it may provoke reactions to sun exposure.
Moreover, St. John’s Wort may also cause is skin rash, diarrhea, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, dizziness, headache, stomach upset, fatigue, tingling, dry mouth, vivid dreams, trouble sleeping.