Many experts around the world say that the mental health problems are much more important, than most people think. And this is the main reason why most people don’t pay too much attention to these (mental) health problems! According to the latest statistics, almost 70% of Americans are on some kind of prescription drug, half of which take 2 or more prescription medications.
And the medical experts are estimating that one in four Americans will experience a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, in a given year, which makes the antidepressants the second most common prescription in the United States.
Note: the most common prescribed antidepressants, such as Benzodiazepines can cause some serious side effects, such as:
- Mood changes (such as hallucinations, thoughts of suicide)
- Slurred speech or difficulty talking
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble walking
- Memory problems
- Yellowing eyes or skin
And, trust me, before you rely on any of these drugs, you should try some of these 10 natural herbs – which will help you treat anxiety, in all natural way.
Have you ever heard of the passionflower? Well, if your answer is no, then you should know that passionflower is an exotic, sweet smelling flower with sedative activity. Passionflower is usually used as a tea to ease anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. The experts think that the passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. And you should know that the GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed. It’s as effective as oxazepam (Serax) in treating symptoms but has a less negative impact on focus and cognitive ability than the drug.
What’s rhodiola? Well, rhodiola is an herb used in Chinese and Scandinavian traditional medicine to reduce stress, treat fatigue and promote happiness. This powerful herb works by decreasing activity in the sympathetic nervous system that controls rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, shaking, dizziness, and nausea. The rhodiola also stimulates the release of serotonin, the hormone responsible for happiness and relaxation.
We all love lavender, right? This amazing herb is used in aromatherapy and natural healing to treat mild to moderate depression and nervous disorders. You should also know that lavender has neuroprotective properties that also stabilize mood and help manage neurological disorders.
Note: the experts say that this herb is safe to use on the skin and ingest, so you can enjoy these benefits by adding a few drop of essential oil to your bath, drinking it as a tea or placing a pouch of dried flowers in your pillow case.
First, you should know that ashwagandha is usually used in the Ayurveda medicine! You should also know that this herb is specifically known to help agoraphobia (anxiety triggered by large crowds and open spaces). A recent study, of 64 volunteers has discovered 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.
I really think that we can all agree that there’s nothing better than a warm cup of chamomile tea to help you sleep or to help manage an anxiety attack! Many different studies have found that the flower has meaningful antidepressant activity, as measured by Hamilton Depression Rating (HAM-D) questionnaires, when compared to a placebo. Chamomile is loaded with active compounds, such as: apigenin, luteolin and α-bisabolol! These powerful compounds promote relaxation by gradually lowering blood pressure.
First, you should know that the vanilla scent instantly promotes relaxation in most people. A recent study has found that vanilla-like scents were associated with 63% less anxiety than administration of humidified air alone. And, it’s no wonder that vanilla is often used in candles, creams and spa products.
The experts say that the valerian root can (and should) be taken in pill or tea form to treat insomnia, anxiety disorders and headache. The herb can smell a little strong, so it’s best to take it quickly and wash away the taste with a spoonful of maple syrup or molasses.
8. John’s Wort
First, you should know that this herb is easily available in health food stores and can even be grown in your backyard. Many different studies have confirmed that this herb is just affective as antidepressants like Prozac, but has fewer and less harmful side-effects. But, you should also know that St-John’s wort is known to interact with prescription medication like birth control, so you should consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
9. Lemon Balm
Do you know what’s lemon balm? Well, lemon balm is a pleasant, almost citrusy leaf that is used to ease anxiety and improve the quality of life of patients with severe dementia. The lemon balm also increases attention, memory functions and calmness. It’s an incredibly easy crop to grow, so it’s more cost effective and safer than drugs.
Rosemary – it’s delicious and neuroprotective herb. The rosemary can be smelt or ingested to enhance memory and cognitive performance while easing nervous tension. The rosemary essential oil can also be used to wean yourself off antidepressants or painkillers like morphine.
Note: this is extremely important for you to remember – always consult a naturopath or doctor before self-medicating, even if it’s done with natural substances. While these herbs for anxiety offers great temporary treatment options, the best way to manage your anxiety is by following a healthy lifestyle, exercising, meditating and getting counselling. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and take care!