Herbs For Anxiety
Herbs for anxiety are becoming more commonly uses in the place of prescription medication. Many of the prescription drugs are said to have unwanted side effects, and the heightened interest is a more natural approach seems to make sense to many.
One of the more well-known herbs for anxiety is Valerian root. A tea can be brewed from this plant that soothes an anxious mind very well. The herb actually has qualities that produces a mild tranquilizing effect and is a good thing to use for sleep problems. It seems to act like a sedative upon the nervous system and the brain. Valerian root has a history of being in use for over 2000 years as a relaxant, a muscle relaxant, an anti-anxiety and anti-depression agent.
Another one of the more widely used herbs for anxiety is Passion Flower. Passion Flower is a natural sedative that tones down anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks. The effect is one of being balance emotionally, rather than making you sleepy. It tends to restrain the emotions from the range of extreme feelings on either side of the spectrum. It can take a few weeks to take effect, but it works nonetheless.
Meadow Sweet can relieve headaches that come about due to stress and anxiety. The tea from this herb is convenient and easy to make. However, if a person has sensitivity to aspirin, the use of this herb should be avoided.
Kava Kava is a popular alternative for anxiety or insomnia. Originating in the South Seas it can be used in place of Valium. It works in a very similar way as Valium in reducing anxiety and there seems to be no side effects in using this herb. Be sure that you don’t have any ambitious plans, however because this is a very powerful herb which is not conducive for driving or doing much of anything after you take it.
St. Johns Wort is one of the more well-known herbs for anxiety. Also used for depression, St. John’s Wort has probably been studied more by the medical community that most of the other herbs and works very well. A person should check with their doctor when using this herb, as it can interact with other medications that a person might be taking at the time.
Catnip is a popular and unique anxiety herb. It is part of the mint family which can also treat stomach cramps and aggravations. It can reduce headaches caused by insomnia, and it can reduce muscle tension.
Chamomile is another herb for anxiety use to reduce nervousness. It has also been known to help with liver function and relieving congestion in the lungs. It is suggested that Chamomile only be a short term remedy.
Hops has been used for medicinal purposes as well as its use for the manufacturing of beer. It has been used to relieve insomnia, headaches and general states of stress. It has also been known to be helpful in the treating of skin irritations and infections.
Motherwort is mainly used for treating menstrual issues, but is also used by pregnant women to help in the areas of stress and anxiety. It is recommended to be used only with pregnant women in the third trimester.
Skullcap has properties that act as a sedative and it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be effective in controlling restless leg syndrome and calm twitching muscles. It should not be used by a woman who is pregnant.
Lavender can be used as a tea for relieving anxiety, or it can be used as an essential oil that is inhaled.
Lemon balm has been known to relieve tension and anxiety since 300 BC and in the Middle Ages was used to lessen anxiety and stress. If used in combination with hops, Chamomile, or valerian root, it will induce sleep.
Melissa Officinal is an herb found in the Mediterranean area that calms the nervous system which lessens anxiety.
Ashwaganda is an herb native to India that has been used for over 1000 years to relieve anxiety. It contains ingredients that have anti-stress components.
Melatonin will help people go to sleep if they are suffering from insomnia. Being unable to sleep will increase a person’s anxiety.
Ginseng can be a very effective herb for relieving anxiety because it contains properties that can increase the blood flow to the brain, which can reduce anxiety and physical stress.
It is very important that a person do his research on these herbs for anxiety. Since many of these herbs act in a similar way to prescription medication, a person should know what, if any side effects might occur if a particular herb is used. A person should also be aware of what conditions would be dangerous if a particular herb were to be taken. Of course, your doctor should be consulted if you have any questions.