Ashwagandha is considered to be an adaptogenic herb as well as the "ginseng" of Ayurvedic herbs. Adaptogenic herbs are the types of herbs that help to promote stabilization in the body, meaning they help balance the body's response to stress which helps to bring it to a state of equilibrium.
Ashwagandha may have a mild natural sedative effect which can also help to relax the muscles and further reduce stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha has many uses such as strengthening immunity, increasing vitality and helping to reduce sugar cravings.
It is definitely one of the top herbs when it comes to improving your overall well being and reducing stress and anxiety as well as one of the best herbs to help you sleep.
Chamomile is an effective age old remedy that has an effect of relaxing your mind and body. Many people consume chamomile by preparing tea and putting some chamomile in it then consuming it as a healthy drink.
Scientific studies have also proven the effectiveness of Chamomile. It is a good solution for the people that prefer not to use conventional medication for stress, anxiety, and general relaxation.
Even though chamomile is helpful, it might not be enough on its own to resolve your anxiety. You may require additional intervention to completely resolve your symptoms.
Rhodiola is another powerful adaptogen. Because it is an adaptogen, it can help to normalize functions in the body by helping it to better adapt and handle stressful situations.
Rhodiola can help your body become more resourceful when it comes to stress thereby reducing the effect that stress has on you.
Rhodiola has been studied quite extensively and has many more uses than just stress relief. It has the ability to boost your immune system, memory and muscle recovery as well as reduce cardiac issues, tumors and free radicals.
Even though its name might seem to promise excitement, this natural remedy for anxiety actually has the opposite effect. People that are restless, nervous, or anxious will enjoy the calming effects of Passionflower.
While Passionflower may be native to Peru, its influence has spread all over the world. However, some users of Passionflower have experienced drowsiness or sleepiness upon taking it while other just feel a calming effect.
Alternatively, you can just try it in the evening before you try it in the midst of a busy day and see how it will affect you.
5. Holy Basil
Holy basil also known as Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for over 3000 years and is highly regarded as an effective adaptogenic herb. It is commonly used in tea form and studies have shown it to be effective for reducing anxiety and stress as well.
Because of the high amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants in Holy Basil, it has the ability to reduce free radicals, support the adrenals and lower blood pressure and inflammation.
This is one herb (or tea) that you will want to have in your pantry not just for a stress relief solution, but also as a daily tonic to improve your overall health.
6. Kava Root
Many people swear by Kava root as a natural remedy for anxiety. It helps to promote a feeling of general relaxation and you can use it safely in several forms. Some years back, Kava root got a bad reputation since some scientists suggested that it causes liver damage.
However, the findings have been largely debunked but it is still advisable to use it only as instructed.
Kava root is associated with improved cognitive ability, muscle relaxation, and mild sedation.
Simply put, it does all that an anti-anxiety remedy is expected to do.
Traditionally, Kava root is consumed in tea and is still consumed in this way in its native Pacific Islands and elsewhere. Currently, it is mostly consumed in pill form.
As with other natural remedies, it is important to realize that different substances affect different users differently. This is the case for Kava root and some experimentation might be in order.
7. Valerian Root
Valerian root is an effective remedy for those suffering from insomnia and restlessness. This herb helps to get you the sleep and rest that you so desperately need whenever you may be stressed out.
Getting enough sleep is important since it is when the brain tries to relax without interference from your conscious mind.
Valerian root is good for calming the mind and helping you get quick and easy sleep.
Since Valerian root does not have a particularly good smell, people don’t usually use it as a tea.
Instead, they use it in pill form and since it has a sedative effect, most people prefer taking it right before going to bed. However, some people have used it during the day to manage anxiety successfully.
The best thing is for individuals to experiment and determine what works best for them.
8. St. John’s Wort
Originally, St. John’s Wort was used for the treatment of depression. However, evidence has shown that it is also quite effective in helping to relieve stress and anxiety.
Many patients with anxiety have reported experiencing fast relief after taking the herb regularly.
The herb has for ages been known as an effective treatment of mental disorders including depression and stress.
As with other herbal remedies on this list, you may want to consult with your doctor before you start taking St. John’s Wort.
Lavender provides a soothing effect on the body as well as mind. Lavender oil is popularly used in aromatherapy and you can even use it while bathing. You can also make lavender tea using its leaves.
Once your body is relaxed, it automatically helps to relax your mind. In times of distress, taking a cup of Lavender tea will help to calm your body and mind.
Some people prefer using Lavender on a daily basis while some prefer taking it only during times of stress. Lavender is also good at helping you get sound sleep.
10. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm has been used since the middle Ages as a natural remedy to anxiety. It is sometimes referred to as Melissa Officinalis and it helps to easy anxiety and stress. Sometimes, it is combined with Valerian and Chamomile in pill or tea form.
Lemon balm is also an effective remedy for pain, digestive issues, and headaches all which are associated with anxiety.
Lemon balm is usually found in capsule form or sometimes as an extract that you can take alone or mix it into tea or another beverage.
11. Blue Vervain
Blue Vervain has many health benefits including the ability to soothe the nervous system, stimulate and detoxify the liver and reduce stress and pain. It is commonly used in the form of tea.
According to research, Blue Vervain has the ability to re-balance the hormone levels in the body, which may be one of the reasons it can be so effective for so many health issues.
You may want to have some Blue Vervain tea on hand to use as a daily tonic to help manage stress and help your body detoxify.
However, even if you don't use it every day, it may still be a good idea to have some on hand for when cold season comes around.
It has been shown to be effective for coughs and colds and acts as an expectorant, which can help with any mucus that has accumulated in your respiratory system.
Bergamot oil is a popular ingredient in aromatherapy. Originally, aromatherapy using Bergamot oil was used for radiation treatment patients. However, it has also shown that Bergamot is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders.
When used in small quantities, Bergamot oil is safe but you may want to consult an herbalist or your doctor before you begin using it in larger amounts.
13. Gingko Biloba
Even though Gingko Biloba is quite popular as an anti-anxiety herb, it is also effective in treating a wide range of ailments. It helps to enhance concentration and also helps in the treatment of glaucoma.
The herb also acts as a tonic for the brain and indirectly helps to combat anxiety and stress thus helping you relax.
14. Green Tea
In the recent years, much has been said about the health benefits of Green tea in the media. Green tea helps to burn fat, packs a nutritional punch, and contains antioxidants that help to fight cancer.
In addition, it contains L-Theanine, which is an amino acid that helps to stabilize the heart rate and blood pressure as well as reduce stress.
Green tea may be one of the best natural remedies for stress, however because of the caffeine content it may be better to choose a decaffeinated green tea.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, Ginger may be an effective herb for helping in the alleviation of stress and anxiety.
One of the best ways to take Ginger is by adding some crushed pieces of this herb into the water for making tea. You can also add it when preparing certain dishes or add it to a smoothie.
Ginger also acts as an amazing digestive aid and therefore may be a good addition to your regular diet. Ginger is also quite effective in helping clear harmful toxins from your body.
If you find it difficult when you get anxious or find it hard to deal with stress and are worried about adverse side effects of conventional medication you may want an alternative solution.
A great place to start is with the 15 calming herbs discussed in this article. Use them in isolation or combined to help you relax and relieve anxiety and stress.
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