Herbs for Anxiety
On estimate there are about 44 million Americans who suffer from various anxiety disorders ranging from standard anxiety to panic attacks, thus, making it the most common mental disorder in the country.
An opinion from an old teacher of mine, “the way our economical and societal structures are operating, every American experiences some level of anxiety or neurological discomfort. Just look at traffic!” Anxiety, fear and worry are all natural feelings that humans feel on a daily basis. If these feelings sustain for an elongated period of time, it affects both physical and mental health. When this happens, we call upon Anxiolytic Herbs to aid us back into homeostasis.
The word Anxiolytics is mostly referred to conventional pharmaceuticals, however, there have been more and more conversations happening around Anxiolytic Herbs. The definition of anxiolytics is “used to reduce anxiety”. In our case we are going to explore the world of Anxiolytic Herbs; plants that have been known to reduce anxiety. Although only a few tests have been experimented on anxiolytic herbs, mostly on animals, we have decades of folk medicine narratives that have been tried and true.
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We can use anxiolytic herbs in many different forms. Teas, tinctures, salves and infusions -just to name a few. It’s important to know about which herb you are working with so let’s dive in!
Here are a few of our trusted allies:
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Amidst the herbs that are helpful with anxiety, Valerian has definitely earned its popular reputation. This herb has a couple noble effects, such as calming the central nervous system, having a relaxing effect in social situations, and if taken for a prolonged amount of time then it could potentially help with anxiety related sleep disorders. This herb has been shown to improve sleep with no side effects. The suggested dose is taking a valerian tincture about 30 minutes before bed.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm is a beautiful herb in the mint family. Its leaves have a phytocompounds called terpenes, which help with inducing relaxation 2. It is a very popular herb in the world of aromatherapy. Lemon Balm is a nutritive herb that is great in teas or smoothies. It is maximized when paired with other anxiolytic herbs.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Passionflower folklore dates back many years. It has been a popular herb when working with its calming and relaxing effects. It has been used in treating panic attacks and sleeping disorders because it can potentially induce sedation. This herb can be consumed by tea or tincture.
Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)
Everyone has heard of chamomile tea! This daisy like herb is one of the most popular herbal ingredients in teas or tisanes. Traditionally this herb has been used for many disorders. Restlessness, insomnia, anxiety and depression, just to name a few. Many people have reported falling asleep quicker after consuming chamomile tea. Chamomile has so many benefits, here we are exploring only a few.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that helps calm nerves. Skullcap has been reported to positively impact the nervous system by stimulating this neurotransmitter. “One recent study found that rats exhibited less anxiety after a dose of skullcap. A double-blind, crossover human study of 15 women and 4 men, aged 20–70 years, found that, in healthy subjects, skullcap “demonstrated noteworthy anxiolytic effects.”” 3
Living with an anxiety disorder can be difficult. Diet and lifestyle play a huge part in mental health. If you are experiencing any form of anxiety disorder please consult with a professional. Treating anxiety disorders can take time, effort, and dedication.
If you are interested in working with these herbs, try our Nerve Nourish tincture.