In this article we will explore the best herbal remedies for anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and Depression are conditions, real conditions that noone should have to live with. If you, or someone you love, is affected by anxiety or depression you will know first hand the absolute debilitating impact it can have.
So is there a natural health answer? Yes!
Anxiety and Depression are not the types of conditions you are able to solve, cure or treat on a whim! You, or your loved one, need a plan. A plan means firstly accepting that some type of treatment is required. This is often the most difficult step for those suffering with anxiety or depression.
It is hard to admit we have an illness. It is even harder to seek assistance from others. But that first step is the most important. Recognise you have anxiety or depression.Commit yourself to seeking treatment. Take the first step so you are able to live a more relaxed, happy and fulfilling life.
The Best Herbal Remedies For Anxiety And Depression
Now I always offer this advice. Natural remedies and modern medicine can work perfectly well together. So if your anxiety or depression is severe and you use prescription drugs then make sure you check in with your doctor and inform her/ him of your herbal remedy preference.
What Do We Mean By Natural Herbal Remedies?
Let’s look at this carefully. There are a lot of supposedly natural anxiety or depression treatment options in store or online. What is important is to find the truly natural herbal or holistic remedies.
This is simple to determine. “Natural or Herbal” means without man made or engineered chemical medicines.
This is important! Many supplements available may well be herbalistic or holistic. It’s a great way to advertise a product. However make sure you read the labels. Many herbal supplements are chemically manipulated. So when we look for the best remedies for anxiety and depression we need to ensure purity … not manipulated or altered in any way.
Let’s get straight to it! Below are the best herbal remedies for anxiety and depression. They are pure and safe.
Catnip is a truly incredible herbal remedy for anxiety and depression.
It is a member of the mint herbal group. Catnip helps to ease tension in a variety of ways. This means that the relaxing effects of catnip is excellent in treating many of the various physical symptoms of anxiety.
Catnip alleviates anxiety and depression related stomach cramps, spasms, and irritations. More than half of anxiety sufferers experience these physical symptoms.
The use of Catnip also reduces headaches caused by depression and anxiety related insomnia. It can help improve appetite, and eases the stress and associated muscle tension for those suffering with severe anxiety and depression.
- 2 teaspoons dried Catnip
- Boiling Water
- Step 1 Soak 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried catnip leaves in a cup of boiled water for ten minutes.
- Step 2 The water should be removed from heat before adding the catnip, because boiling it can destroy active ingredients.
- Step 3 Catnip tea may be taken up to three times per day.
Chamomile, like Catnip, is another natural and safe mild sedative. It is best for mild anxiety and depression.
Chamomile is best used to calm nervousness. To be clear chamomile will aide both nervousness of mind and the “nerves” that are often felt in the stomach. Chamomile can also reduce discomfort with the digestive system and helps improve the appetite for those experiencing a great deal of stress.
The wonderful Chamomile has also been linked with headache reduction and there is indications that it improves both liver and lung health. Experts, both medical and holistic, recommend chamomile be used as a short term treatment, and not a long-term solution. My advice is to use it as long as you feel it is helping. If you notice a loss of effectiveness that try another of our best herbal remedies for anxiety and depression.
The great news is, because it is mild and safe, Chamomile is also an excellent remedy for anxiety in children.
Chamomile Herbal Infusion
A Brilliant Herbal Infusion For Anxiety And Depression
- 1 large heat resistant glass container (to hold 4 cups of water)
- 2 tablespoons loose, dry chamomile
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ cup of cilantro leaves
- The peel of 1 orange
- Step 1 Prepare all the herbs and container.
- Step 2 Boil 4 cups water,and let cool slightly.
- Step 3 Add the ingredients to the glass container and pour over the 4 cups of water.
- Step 4 Seal the container and place in the refrigerator for 5-8 hours (ensure you refrigerate as the infusion will sour if left outside of the fridge)
- Step 5 This infusion can be taken chilled or heated.
- Step 6 Note: If you do not have time to wait for 5-8 hours then you may make a tea – same herbal ingredients but halve the water.
Fennel isn’t specifically used to treat anxiety and depression. It is however linked to the successful treatment of some of the most common symptoms of anxiety.
These include digestion, nervous cough and asthma. It is well known that anxiety can make asthma symptoms worse.
Fennel also acts as an analgesic, a diuretic, and an antispasmodic.
Sometimes Kava Root is referred to as Kava Kava, is possibly one of the most effective herbal remedies for moderate or severe anxiety.
Kava Root has been extensively researched. Research has shown it has excellent impact for reduction of depressive symptoms such as stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Kava Root is not only useful for typical anxiety symptoms, but also for atypical symptoms such as anxious thoughts.
This is one herbal remedy that needs checking with your doctor. Kava Root has been linked to some health scares. Usually because it was prepared wrong or mixed with other additives. Talk to your doctor before taking kava root, particularly if you consume alcohol, are taking any other medicines or if you have any liver problems.
I know you are thinking beer but Hops are much more than an ingredient in beer! Hops flowers have a very long history in medicinal applications.
Hops Flowers have been used for centuries to combat insomnia, stress and headaches. They are also extremely beneficial for treating indigestion, general sense of nervousness and can help to reduce fever.
- 1 cup boiled water
- 2 tsp Hop Flowers
- 1 tsp of Chamomile or Peppermint or Lemongrass (optional)
- Step 1 Boil 1 cup of water
- Step 2 Add the Hops (and additional herbs if wanted) to a cup or teapot
- Step 3 Pour over slightly cooled water and let sit for 10-15 minutes
- Step 4 Enjoy hot or chilled
Passionflower has many of the benefits of Kava Root, with one exception, no side effects!
It is best in treating mild or moderate anxiety. It can also work for depression or severe anxiety but must be taken regularly over a period of weeks to truly make impact.
Passionflower works by reducing muscle tension and insomnia so it helps calm the nerves. This prevents agitation, mood swings, and anxiety related headaches.
Therefore it’s not recommended you take passionflower if you are prescribed any Monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
- 1 cup freshly boiled water
- 2-3 tsp of dried passionflower (or fresh)
- 1 tsp valerian root (optional)
- Step 1 Boil 1 cup of water.
- Step 2 Add the passionflower (and valerian root) to a cup or teapot.
- Step 3 Pour over slightly cooled water.
- Step 4 Let steep for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Step 5 Take 3x per day for anxiety and/or depression.
Skullcap is a sedative, a tonic, and an anti-inflammatory.
It is used to soothe spasms and twitchy muscles. As a result it may also help to manage epilepsy and restless leg syndrome (RLS).
A lot of people use Skullcap for it’s natural sedative properties which fights insomnia, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, and depression. Skullcap is only be taken as directed. It is not be used by women who are pregnant.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is very effective at fighting depression hence is also useful for anxiety sufferers who may have depressive symptoms.
St. John’s Wort is known as a very powerful mood lifter. St. John’s Wort is therefore used for diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and other symptoms commonly associated with depression and anxiety.
Valerian Root is a powerful and incredibly effective sedative.
As a result it is primarily used as a sleep aid. Due to its sedative qualities Valerian Root is also effective for soothing muscles and reducing mental and physical tension. This means you can more easily relax and unwind.
Valerian Root is not recommended for children under 12, pregnant women or those taking prescribed antidepressants or anti-anxiety medicines.
Valerian Root Tea
Awesome Relaxing Valerian Root Tea
- 1 cup boiling water.
- 1 tsp dried valerian root.
- Step 1 Boil 1 cup of water.
- Step 2 Add 1 tsp dried valerian root to a mug.
- Step 3 Pour slightly cooled water over valerian root.
- Step 4 Let steep for 5-10 minutes.
The Best Herbal Remedies For Anxiety And Depression – Natural Non-Medicinal Therapies
While this post is about the best herbal remedies for anxiety and depression there are non supplement based treatments. The following are probably the most effective and common options for therapeutic treatment:
- CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- PT – Psychodynamic Therapy
- GT – Gestalt Therapy
- Deep Breathing
- Holistical Therapy
CBT (or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), is possibly the most well known type of natural non medicating therapy. It also has the most research based results. In this regard it would be our alternative choice if you wish to deviate from the best herbal remedies for anxiety and depression.
There are many other non herbal or non natural therapies which could also provide benefit from anxiety or depression. These are:
- Talk and Speak
- Sound Therapy
There are many other therapies, such as laughter therapy. Many people swear that it helps with their anxiety and depression.
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