Herbs for Anxiety
I’m just going to jump right into this one. If you don’t know already, I am a pagan. One thing that comes with that is a love of herbs. A while ago I thought about writing a post about herbs that help with anxiety and depression(they really do go hand in hand). And my anger is alongside to my anxiety, so this is another important post to me.So today is the day! Finally. Below you will see a list of ten herbs that are known for helping anxiety.
1) Ashwagandha- Also known as “Indian Ginseng”, Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family. It helps stabilize the bodies stress responses. This herb may work like prescription drugs, to help boost focus and concentration.
2) Bacopa- This is an herb that does not have a lot of information out there. In small studies(mainly on rodents), it has shown to boost brain function and increase the bodies resistance to stress.
3) Chamomile- used a tea this herb is known to help one relax and it decreases stress. It also helps with insomnia, relaxes the muscles, and reduces irritability.
4) Kava Kava- Comes from the ingredient “Kavain”. This one is for affecting the mood receptors, and helps with anxiety. I personally know that Kava is also served as a drink at my local hookah lounge. Just saying.
5) Lavender- Can be used as a tea, as well as an oil. Several studies have tested Lavender anxiety reducing effects. Ingestion may help relieve anxiety, as well as insomnia and depression. Lavender essential oil is known to have a very calming effect. Which I know personally to be true.
6) Lemon Balm- Small studies show that Lemon Balm reduces anxiety and stress. THOUGH too much can you make you more anxious. The sweet spot is at 0.3g. It is shown to reduce depression, though the exact science doesn’t show why. Also good as an antimicrobial and antioxidant.
7) Passionflower- Mainly known for it’s fruit, Passionflower is known to increase GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter- counters neurotransmitters that cause excitement, so it may have calming effects). Good evidence suggests Passionflower helps relieve anxiety symptoms. Also can help with insomnia and can be used as an anti-inflammatory.
8) Rhodiola- also known as “Arctic root” or “Golden Root”. Rhodiola helps balance stress hormones in the brain. The extract can stimulate brain receptors associated with a happy relaxed mood. Releases natural endorphins.
9) St. John’s Wort- is a wildgrowning plant with yellow flowers. It is one of the top selling supplements in the US. It helps with depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
Works by keeping the brain from using neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA.
10) Valerian- Derived from a plant originally from Europe and Asia. The root can be used as a capsule, tea, or liquid extract. It effects GABA in the brain. It has mild sedative and tranquilizer properties. Should be taken about 30 minutes to two hours before sleep. Can also be used for:
-Disorders of the nervous system
Now I personally haven’t used most of these herbs. BUT! I might try them and review them for you. I think that is my next plan of action. I tried St. John’s Wort, but it is not recommended for those who take prescription medications used for anxiety and depression. It will have some side effects. I had digestive problems on this one. So you are forewarned.
I also have tried Lavender. If you make a tea out of it, it really does have a really relaxing quality to it. Other than those two, I have not tried the others. I will try them for you and write a review(s).
I hope that this has been informative. I truly love herbs, and can’t wait to try these ones out.
As always, I want to thank you all for your time and support.
Until next time, Namaste.