Millions of people suffer from anxiety. For those that have severe anxiety, medication is sometimes prescribed by a doctor. However, there are a number of herbal remedies that could be worth trying first before you try medication.
Ashwagandha is a plant native to India and Africa that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It is one of the few herbs that is able to reduce anxiety and increase energy levels. This is due to its ability to reduce cortisol levels and blood sugar levels, while also boosting testosterone.
Ashwagandha is typically taken in capsule or powder form. It is known to have few adverse effects compared to many other anxiety-relieving herbal remedies (some people get an upset stomach, but this is usually only after taking very high doses).
Chamomile comes from the chamomile flower. This herbal ingredient is known to have similar effects to benzodiazepine, helping to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. It also contains chemical compounds which may reduce inflammation.
The most common way to consume chamomile is as a tea. Chamomile can cause drowsiness, so is best taken in the evening.
This herb comes from the root of a valerian plant. Valerian is known to have various health benefits including reducing anxiety, improving sleep quality and easing stomach cramps (including menstrual cramps).
You can take valerian in various forms including a capsule, tea, tablet or liquid extract. Most people consume valerian before bed as it can cause sleepiness.
Passionflower (also known as maypop) is a colourful flower with anxiety-relieving properties. It is also used to treat ADHD, treat menopausal problems, treat heart rhythm problems and relieve pain.
Dried passionflower petals are typically added to hot water to create a tea. You can also take it as a liquid extract, tablet or capsule. Side effects may include nausea and drowsiness – many people prefer to consume it in the evening.
Cannabidiol is an extract that comes from the cannabis plant that is known to relieve anxiety and relieve pain. It is also believed to have other health benefits such as reducing acne and helping to manage seizures.
Cannabis has been legalised for medicinal purposes in many countries and can be grown using seeds such as these ICE cannabis seeds. It can then be smoked or incorporated into foods. Alternatively, you can extract the cannabidiol as an oil which can be vaped or ingested. This oil doesn’t contain THC (the ingredient that makes you high) making it preferred by some people.
Kava is a tropical shrub native to the islands of the Pacific. Kava Kava herb is taken from the root. It is known to have sedative qualities – helping to boost sleep quality and relieve anxiety.
Kava Kava is typically consumed as a liquid extract or tea shortly before bed. It can be very potent, so it is best to keep the dosage small – taking too much can cause unwanted symptoms such as skin problems, headaches and an upset stomach.