Anxiety is something that affects a large portion of the population. Chances are pretty good that you have problems with anxiety or know someone who struggles with anxiety, as about 18 percent of adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder (that’s 40 million people).
Not only is anxiety incredibly debilitating, but we don’t always know where it’s coming from. It could be the stressors of your everyday life or it could be caused by a substance you’re using. Either way, learning how to handle the anxiety in your life is key to achieving happiness and healthiness.
For many people, pharmaceuticals and prescribed medications are the last thing they want to put in their bodies. Of course, these medications have their time and place, but oftentimes there are natural alternatives that work just as well if not better!
Here are six herbs you can use to treat symptoms of anxiety that work better than prescribed medications:
Lemon Balm has proven to be quite effective in combatting the symptoms of anxiety. It works by stimulating the GABA receptors in the brain, creating a sedative, soothing effect. This reduces anxiety and builds a level of calm. Perfect!
Kava is one that you might not have heard of because it’s not incredibly popular in Western culture. In the South Pacific, however, it’s used quite prominently as a solution to treat anxiety, with many people claiming that it’s more effective than medications.
Similar to lemon balm, Kava also stimulates GABA, in turn reducing symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating and shakiness.
The chamomile flower is most often found in herbal teas as it’s delicious and helps us fall asleep. But, you might not know that it’s also incredibly helpful when trying to calm anxieties. By using a chamomile essential oil spray in the mouth, you can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Research has shown that German Chamomile is the most potent and most effective for treating anxiety disorders.
Lavender is a favorite for many people who suffer from high levels of stress and have trouble sleeping. In fact, it’s so powerful it can be found in numerous hospital’s maternity wards, being diffused in the air to promote calmness in women who are delivering their babies. It’s been seen that women are less likely to ask for pain medicines when exposed to lavender.
Green tea is a great everyday solution that will help reduce the prevalence of anxiety symptoms. Research surrounding green tea has discovered that its active compound, I-theanine, “clearly has a pronounced effect on attention performance and reaction time response in normal healthy subjects prone to having high anxiety.”
Studies out of the University of Maryland Medical Center have found passion flower to be “as effective as the drug oxazepam (Serax) for treating symptoms” of generalized anxiety disorder. While it was also found that passion flower worked a bit more slowly than the medication, it was seen to produce less side effects that affected job performance, making it perfect for those who need a solution that works even during work hours.
h/t Spirit Science