We experience anxiety when we have worries and stress.
There are many treatments for anxiety such as meditation, Yoga, mindfulness, slowing down, relaxation and breathing techniques, natural remedies such as herbs, and when the anxiety is constant and interfere with the person’s ability to function, then maybe the medication would be the better option.
I think everyone is different and responds differently to different methods.
What has worked for me has been:
- Meditation combined with yoga poses for relaxation.
- I have used a tea called DE-STRESS that combines Passionflower, Lemon Balm and Kanna and it really helped reducing my anxiety, stress and put me in a better mood.
Taking herbal supplements have shown to help treat many physical and mental disorders; however, it is important to consult your doctor before taking any herbal medicine because: 1. Some herbal supplements may cause side effects and sometimes serious health issues. 2. Some herbal supplement may interact with certain medications.
Also there has not been enough research done on herbs to show if they are effective on treating disorders and if there are any risks involved by taking herbs.
It is also important to note that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you must consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.
The following herbs may help with reducing anxiety and stress:
Passionflower is a climbing vine with purple flowers. There are a few resources that suggest Passionflower has calming effect and helps with anxiety.
- Lemon balm
Lemon balm is an herb from the mint family. Lemon balm seems to have chemicals that help the mood, help reducing stress and anxiety and help becoming more calm.
Kanna is succulent plant found in South Africa. It has been used by it’s native tribes for centuries for promoting mental health. Kanna seems to have chemicals that promotes better mood and ease stress.
I have used a tea called DE-STRESS that combines Passionflower, Lemon Balm and Kanna and it really helped reducing my anxiety, stress and put me in a better mood.
Lavender (or Lavender tea) seems to help to reduce anxiety. It has worked very well for me.
Chamomile (or Chamomile tea) also seems to have calming effect and help to reduce anxiety.
I have used teas that combines Lavender and Chamomile and they seem to relax and reduce my anxiety.
There are a few resources that suggest Kava is more likely to be an effective herb to treat anxiety; however, I moved Kava as the last option. I think it should only be used temporarily and you should consult with your doctor if you’re going to take Kava because there has been reports of serious liver damage caused by Kava.
Also, if you take herbs that promote anxiety reduction and combines a few herbs together, and Kava is one of the herbs, please be careful and ask your doctor before taking mixed herbs that use Kava as one of the herbs.