For many who suffer from anxiety disorders, the thought of taking more medication actually produces more of the anxiety that these medications are supposed to help. So they turn to natural remedies, and find relief for their anxiety by using herbs.
There are many herbs and supplements available that help with anxiety. One of the most common of these “anxiety herbs” is St. John’s Wort.
St. John’s Wort is a popular herb for controlling stress and depression. It also has restorative properties that make it very popular. It is readily available at both natural and health food stores, as well as at your local grocery or drug store.
Kava kava is another herb known to treat anxiety. Kava kava has a calming effect on the body, and has been known to promote sleep. It can, however, be taken during the day in smaller doses without making you sleepy in your day-to-day activities. It is often recommended for people who find their mind racing during the day as a way to focus your energy to work and family. Be aware, however, that kava kava should not be taken for more than a week or two without first consulting your doctor, as there can be long-term side effects.
Finally, many take the herb valerian at night. Valerian is a natural sedative and pain killer, and can help those who suffer from anxiety to get a good night’s sleep. A few drops of valerian oil can also be added to your bathwater at night to help you relax. All three herbs can interact with medications, so it’s important to let your doctor know if you have chosen to take these herbs to help with anxiety.
There are other herbs that are known to help treat anxiety disorders without being taken in supplement form. The most readily available of these is lavender.
Lavender has a soothing, calming effect, and can be added to bathwater or a cup of tea. It is a popular scent in candles, lotions, and sprays, and is widely believed to help with relaxation.
Peppermint is another herb that is effective in treating anxiety. Peppermint can be added to tea to relax nerves and soothe an upset stomach. Another herb commonly found in tea is chamomile.
Chamomile tea is widely known to help relax and settle an upset stomach. Many of these herbs, as well as sandalwood, jasmine, patchouli, and rose, are available as incense; inhaling these herbal scents can also help calm nerves and lessen anxiety.
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