Natural Herbs To Treat Anxiety: 4 All-Natural Stress-Reducers
Written By Narveen Dosanjh, MD
Published By Sivana Spirit
Natural Herbs are Powerful
Anxiety is a distressing feeling of worry, nervousness, fear, or unease, typically about a perceived threat, imminent event, or something with an uncertain outcome. Or it can occur for no logical reason at all.
It affects more then 10 percent of Americans.
There are many treatments for anxiety, including various forms of therapy, meditation, and medications. Here are a few helpful natural herbs.
Melissa officinalis is a member of the mint family, also known as the “gladdening herb” or “heart’s delight.”
It has a calming effect on the nervous system and has been used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion.
It can be used in its tea form or liquid extract and can potentially interact with thyroid medications if more than two to three grams are taken per day for longer then four to six weeks.
Chamomile has been used for centuries to calm the nervous system, promote sleep, and cure an upset stomach. Recent studies have shown it to be better than placebo in treating generalized anxiety.
It is commonly available in tea form and capsules for non-tea drinkers. It can cause constipation in some but otherwise can be very safely used.
“Motherwart” is relaxing without being overly sedating.
Therefore, it is ideal for those with palpitations and hypertension associated with tension, stress, and anxiety. It is traditionally used in women.
Lavender is mainly used in oil form as aromatherapy made for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and depression. The essential oil can also be diluted with another oil and applied to the skin.
When lavender teas and extracts are taken by mouth, they may cause headache, changes in appetite, and constipation.
Please remember to always inform your doctor and other health care professionals about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.