Is it any surprise that in the hectic lives we lead today, more and more people are becoming burned out…both physically and mentally?
The incidence of depression, anxiety, and nervous breakdowns has increased significantly, proving that something must be wrong with our way of constant multi-tasking.
Before this causes you more anxiety…did you know there are effective natural remedies that can be employed in your quest for tranquility?
Whether it is to improve your quality of sleep following a hectic day or to calm you when your nerves feel on edge, there is something for everyone.
Most of these natural remedies (which are primarily herbs) have been used for centuries in ayurvedic, oriental, or traditional medicine.
In no particular order, here are some of those natural remedies that many have used to calm anxiety.
Chamomile is one of nature’s most popular anxiety relieving remedies. It can be supplemented in various ways. The most common ways are in the form of tea or pills (extracts).
Have you ever felt nervous in your tummy…you know, the feeling you might get before a public speaking session or a big test? Chamomile has demonstrated its ability to ease bloating and promote digestion, being an effective two-pronged therapy whenever you feel the jitters.
Chamomile is capable of handling moderate levels of anxiety. If you feel yours is severe and inhibiting normal daily function, a doctor who specializes in anxiety is your best bet.
St. John’s Wort
On days when you feel especially down, St. John’s Wort could be just the thing for you. While it is only capable of combating low levels of anxiety, it is very well suited for depression and extremely efficient at elevating the mood.
Moreover, since anxiety and depression frequently occur together, it can quickly become one of your go-to remedies. St John’s Wort is available primarily in pill or liquid oral forms.
If you find yourself staring at the ceiling for hours, unable to sleep with worry or anxiety on your mind, Valerian might be able to help you.
A very potent natural sedative, Valerian Root is the remedy of choice for people suffering from insomnia but not willing to go on prescription strength meds. It is so effective in “relaxing” the body that it has also been used in the treatment of asthma (to relax the airways), muscular cramps, cough, and even menstrual pain. You will likely soon be counting sheep in your sleep following a dose of Valerian.
As the name implies, this herb will leave you feeling quite passionate after trying it a few times. A study conducted by The University of Maryland (USA) found the passionflower to have comparative anxio-lytic effects to many prescription strength anxiety medications (such as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax).
Over the course of four weeks, its ability to induce relaxation was comparable to prescription strength medications, with a major advantage—very little or absolutely no drowsiness. This could be a major selling point to people who have to work and simply cannot afford to be asleep on the job. It also successfully was able to manage irritability and depression in patients recovering from drug induced tolerance (such as when discontinuing strong sedatives).
The extract from the root of this plant is quite possibly the most effective natural remedy for treating moderate to severe levels of anxiety. It has a rather unique property—it can treat insomnia without clouding mental clarity. Many believe that it can help result in very vivid dreams and can even block the train of anxiety thought.
None of these remedies are intended to be a substitute for advice from your Physician. Many of these remedies, especially Kava Kava, can severely interact with quite a few prescription meds, so be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any of these remedies.