Herbal Medicines

Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Every year millions of prescriptions are written for anti-anxiety medications, making them some of the most commonly prescribed drugs. While medications to treat these anxiety conditions are often an important component in the management of anxiety, there is also many natural, do-it-yourself techniques that can help calm you down, either in place of medications or as a supplement to them. We have listed down blown some of the most useful remedies for anxiety.

Lavender

Considered the most common essential oil, lavender oil benefits include having a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous system restorative and helps with inner peace, sleep, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and general nervous tension.

“The Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, Second Edition” states that there have been a number of clinical trials involving the inhalation of lavender essential oil that indicate a reduction in stress and anxiety. One study using oral lavender essential oil via capsules found that heart rate variation significantly increased compared to the placebo while watching an anxiety-provoking film. This suggested that lavender had anxiolytic effects.

Further research demonstrates lavender’s ability to lower anxiety in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery and in people visiting the dentist.

Chamomile

According to a 2009 study by University of Pennsylvania researchers published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology,” chamomile capsules appear to have a calming effect on anxiety symptoms. Chamomile tea may also offer similar benefits. You can make your own calming tea by steeping 2 to 3 tbsp. of dried chamomile in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Although chamomile is considered to be one of the safest herbs you can take, people with asthma should avoid chamomile as it can exacerbate their symptoms. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, pregnant women should stay away from chamomile due to the risk of miscarriage. People who are allergic to the aster, daisy or sunflower family of plants may also have an allergic reaction to chamomile.

Lemon balm

Several studies show that lemon balm combined with other calming herbs (such as valerian, hops, and chamomile) helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep. Few studies have examined lemon balm by itself, except for topical use. For example, in one study of people with minor sleep problems, 81% of those who took an herbal combination of valerian and lemon balm reported sleeping much better than those who took a placebo. It is not clear from this and other studies whether lemon balm or valerian (or the combination) is responsible for the result.

The same is true of several studies for anxiety, which used a combination of herbs to reduce symptoms.

In another double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 18 healthy volunteers received 2 separate single doses of a standardized lemon balm extract (300 mg and 600 mg) or placebo for 7 days. The 600 mg dose of lemon balm increased mood and significantly increased calmness and alertness.

Cannabis

With a global increase of medical marijuana use to treat health conditions germinating cannabis seeds has become more common, advocates and studies are showing that medical marijuana can be used to treat anxiety disorders. Advocates believe that the chemical makeup of cannabis can be beneficial in treating anxiety, while others argue that it can actually cause anxiety.

Near the center of our brains, we have a twin set of neuron bundles called the amygdalae, responsible for importing cognitive processes, including fear and are fight or flight response.

The discovery that these amygdalae contain cannabinoid receptors – as verified by researchers at Vanderbilt University in 2014 – is a major step in understanding how cannabis can actually treat anxiety.

The idea is that these receptors depend on cannabinoids to do their job, to regulate all of those important emotional processes – as well as a ton of other processes in the body.

But sometimes the body doesn’t produce enough of its own cannabinoids what we call endocannabinoids. In the case of anxiety, for example, research indicates that traumatic experiences can actually hinder the production of these endocannabinoids.

Medical marijuana has been used for centuries to treat depression and other medical conditions. More than 400 years ago, cannabis was used to treat depression in India and has since been studied and analyzed to determine the medical benefits and disadvantages for patients. Today, many states across America have legalized the use of medical marijuana, this however has not happened in UK. Recently with the arrival of vapes and in particular CBD vape it is increasingly common to see cbd vaping being done within UK. With potent quality CBD E Liquid and Vape Juice are now a common site in many high streets

The relationship between marijuana and anxiety is incredibly complex. One the one hand, cannabis is often used to calm the mind and body. It’s a natural painkiller, and one that people use often to self-medicate, with the advent of CBD oil which is a distillted cannabis the use of cannabis in every day products is even more common, a few drops of CBD oil to a food of your choice can get you instant relief. On the other hand, studies have linked marijuana to problems with anxiety – both causing anxiety on its own, and making anxiety worse.

It appears the effects of anxiety change depending on the type of anxiety you suffer from. If you haven’t yet, take the anxiety test on this site. You’ll get an idea of what type of anxiety may be affecting you and how.