Whether you suffer from chronic stress and anxiety or you experience it only occasionally, you’ve probably already used herbs to manage it without even realizing it. Chamomile tea for example, is an herb that creates a calming effect. Peppermint soothes an upset stomach, however, it’s also often used to ease tension.
Let’s take a look at some other herbs commonly used to treat anxiety.
Ginseng. Ginseng is often added to energy beverages and is thought to enhance a person’s overall health. However, it is most notably used to reduce stress, maintain emotional balance and help induce a state of relaxation. Ginseng can be taken in capsule form or as a tea.
Valerian. Valerian is often used as a natural sleep aid. It is now often used as an anti-anxiety medication. It can also be used as a sedative or tranquilizer. It’s most often consumed in capsule form.
Passionflower. According to several studies passionflower was as effective as some of the benzodiazepines in relieving anxiety. Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed to patients suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Kava Kava. Kava Kava can be used to treat mild-to-moderate anxiety. However, Kava Kava can have some serious side effects. Most notably, it can cause severe liver damage.
St John’s Wort. St. John’s Wort is often used to treat depression and mild anxiety. Studies have shown it to be effective for mild cases. If someone is severely depressed or suffering an anxiety disorder, St John’s Wort has not shown to be of any help. It can be taken as a capsule or in tea form.
It should be noted with all of the herbs discussed thus far, they can have interactions with other medications. It is extremely important to check with your physician before taking any herb to treat stress or anxiety.
In addition to the herbs discussed above, lavender is commonly used as an essential oil aromatherapy to soothe weary nerves and create a state of calm. It can be inhaled, placed on pressure points on your body – like the inside of your wrists. Lavender can also be added to a bath.
Chamomile tea has been shown to induce a state of relaxation as does peppermint tea or peppermint essential oil. Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood and Cedarwood are also great essential oils for relaxation aromatherapy.
If you suffer from mild anxiety or stress, consider talking to your doctor about herbal treatments. They’re generally much safer than prescription medications which can have health side effects and be addictive. Herbal remedies offer significantly fewer side effects. However, it’s still important to be safe. Check with your doctor and be aware of possible drug interactions and side effects.