Natural Herbs for Anxiety and Depression
Humans have suffered stress, anxiety and depression for thousands of year. We are fundamentally physically identical to our ancestors of 20,000 years ago. Our relatively modern discoveries in microbiology and chemistry have yielded some powerful drugs. However, the human body was designed to run perfectly with the resources that were available from the beginning. In other words – there was (and is) a natural remedy for any conceivable malady.
The following list contains herbs that have actually shown effectiveness in modern testing.
Herbs for Anxiety
The leaf of this primordial tree has been used for millennia in China to treat everything from ED to tinnitus . It has been found to be effective in calming anxiety when taken for at least four weeks. It increases blood flow to the brain which delivers essential nutrients and neurotransmitters. The lack of which can cause anxiety and mood swings. Take 100 – 200 mg/day.
Native to Peru, passion flower has been used for centuries for its calming effects. Clinical tests have determined that it can work as well as some prescription medications. It appears to be effective at relieving anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness. Take 45 drops of serum or 90 mg in tablet form per day.
The flower of this daisy-like plant is highly aromatic and has many health benefits including alleviating anxiety, depression and insomnia. Take 200 mg – 1000 mg of German chamomile each day for at least 6 weeks.
The wonderful qualities of lavender seem to be endless. Lavender oil is used for skin problems, nausea, hair loss, insomnia, migraines, nervousness and depression. Plus, it is a very powerful antioxidant. Take 30 – 40 drops of serum in water 4 to 5 times per day.
This member of the mint family grows wild in the northeastern US. It has been used as a folk remedy for centuries to cure many ailments including nervousness and exhaustion. It seems to have a short term calming effect. Make tea or make a tincture or 20 – 40 drops when feeling anxious. Make sure the product is scuttelaria lateriflora and not a cheaper ineffective substitute.
The root of the valerian flower has been shown effective in treating anxiety, sleeplessness and depression – especially when combined with other herbs. It facilitates the creation of GABA – a neurotransmitter that has anti-stress effects. Valerian also has the benefits of lowering blood pressure and easing menstrual cramps. It should be taken regularly for a period of at least 3 weeks for full effect. Take 100 – 200 mg 3 times per day for anxiety.
Another member of the mint family, the oil this herbaceous plant is used to treat everything from cold sores to Alzheimer’s. It has been shown to help the symptoms of restlessness and listlessness. It has a calming and uplifting effect that gives a sense of well being. Apply 3 drops topically to the back of the neck.
This powerhouse herb reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol and relieves the symptoms and effects of nervousness and unease. It also appears to stabilize blood sugar, boost immunity and stamina. Take 500 mg twice per day to alleviate anxiety.
Herbs for Depression
St. John’s Wort
L-theanine (Green Tea)