Anxiety Makes You Depressed, Sick and Fat…These 10 Herbs Work Better Than Drugs!
The majority of people are not aware of the importance of mental health problems. Approximately 70 % of Americans take some prescription drug, and half of them take 2 or even more prescription pills.
It is estimated that one in four Americans is to suffer from a mental disorder like anxiety or depression each year, and this makes antidepressants the second most frequent prescription in America.
Sadly, frequently prescribed antidepressants have a number of grave side effects:
- Difficulty talking or slurred speech
- Mood changes like thoughts of suicide or hallucinations
- Trouble walking
- Loss of coordination
- Yellowing skin or eyes
- Memory problems
Here is a list of 10 natural herbs which can be used for anxiety.
This is an exotic flower which has a sweet smell and sedative properties. It was used as a tea for relieving hysteria, seizures, insomnia and anxiety in the past.
According to scientist, passionflower increases the levels of a chemical known as gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA).
This chemical reduces the activity of certain brain cells, thus you feel more relaxed.
This herb is as potent as oxazepam in treating the symptoms. However, it does not negatively impact the cognitive ability and the focus at the same extent as the drug.
This herb was traditionally used as part of the Scandinavian and Chinese traditional medicine for treating fatigue, reducing stress and promoting happiness.
It works be reducing the activity in the nervous system which is responsible for controlling nausea, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and shaking. This herb stimulates the production of serotonin, which is the hormone of relaxation and happiness.
Lavender is used in natural healing and aromatherapy as a treatment for nervous disorders and mild to medium depression.
It also possesses neuroprotective properties which deal with neurological disorders and stabilize the mood.
It is safe to topically use lavender and also to ingest it.
This herb was traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine and it alleviates agoraphobia, which is an anxiety triggered by open spaces and large crowds.
According to a study from 2012, thus herb reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Chamomile is excellent for managing an anxiety attack. This herb has a notable antidepressant properties and its active compounds α-bisabolol, luteolin and apigenin stimulate relaxation by reducing the blood pressure.
Vanilla’s scent promotes relaxation in many people the minute they smell it. Vanilla is usually used in spa products, creams and candles.
Valerian root can be used as a tea or taken as a pill for treating headache, anxiety disorders and insomnia. This herb has a rather strong smell, so take a spoonful of molasses or maple syrup in order to suppress the taste.
- St. John’s Wort
This herb can be easily purchased from most health food stores and it can be easily grown at home as well. This herb is as effective as Prozac, but it comes with fewer side effects.
Consult a doctor prior to using this herb, since it interacts with medications such as birth control pills.
- Lemon Balm
This is a sort of citrusy leaf which is used for soothing anxiety and it improves the quality of life of those patients suffering from severe dementia.
It increases calmness, memory functions and attention as well.
Rosemary is as neuroprotective as it is delicious. It can be ingested or smelt to improve cognitive performance and memory while reducing nervous tension.
You can wean yourself off painkillers and antidepressants such as morphine with the help of this essential oil.