The last year has been a stressful one in terms of politics and more than once I have found myself reaching for calming herbs for anxiety. Considering the fact that you are reading a blog who’s primary purpose is to educate people on green and healthy living, it should not be shocking to know that I am a die hard, left leaning liberal. I am pretty much as far left as a person can get without falling off the scale. And, due to my husband’s job, I am stuck in the deep south in a state that is so far right I sometimes feel like I am living a century behind where the calendar says we should be. This year’s election has stressed me out like no other election in history ever has. I fear that the upcoming four years are going to wreak havoc on the environment and my LGBTQA friends and family. I’m still trying to figure out what I can do to change things in my own neck of the woods but until we get a few more left leaning politicians in office, I think I need to start loading up on a few of these calming herbs for anxiety. I will include affiliate links if you want to purchase anything on Amazon.
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Calming Herbs for Anxiety
NOTE: This is NOT medical advice and all supplements should be taken with caution and discussed with your doctor.
Kava or kava-kava
Grown primarily in the western Pacific area, Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity. Basically meaning you are more relaxed but not ‘fuzzy’ headed. There have been studies that have shown it to be effective in helping with social anxiety. You can buy Kava tea, Kava supplements, or Kava powder on Amazon.
Passionflower is actually a family of about 500 different species of flowering plants. It’s been used for centuries to try to treat sleep issues, boils, earaches, liver problems, and several other ailments. Passionflower extract is sometimes used to flavor foods. It is, according to the FDA, generally recognized as safe. It does come with a few cautions and side effects so check out WebMD for more information. You can find passionflower teas, supplements, and extracts on Amazon.
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Yes, those lovely little flowers that give beer its distinctive flavor are also wonderful natural anxiety treatment. Hops is a potent sedative and hypnotic. It is most often used as teas, tinctures, and capsules. You can also make a small herb pillow with dried hops flowers and put it under your pillow to help you sleep.
Lavender is probably one of the most well know calming herbs for anxiety. It is fairly well known for its well-known for its sedative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, and anti-septic properties. Most commonly used is lavender tea however lavender essential oil is also very popular nowadays.
Chamomile has been used for centuries to calm the mind and settle frazzled nerves. Take caution if you suffer from ragweed allergies because it is related to that plant and may cause you some allergy issues. However, it is readily available in most major grocery stores as an herbal tea. You can buy organic chamomile on Amazon and save yourself a ton of money. Invest in a tea diffuser and skip the costly tea bags.
I had never heard of ashwagandha until I started doing some research on calming herbs for anxiety. The root and berry of the ashwagandha plant are a traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. It does have some risks and side effects so talk to your doctor and do some research before taking it. It has anxiety relieving properties and apparently acts by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. You can buy organic ashwagandha root on Amazon and it also comes in other supplement forms as well.
There are numerous calming herbs for anxiety if you find yourself stressed out over things going on in your life. Don’t forget about other natural stress relievers like exercise, massage and meditation as well.
What calming herbs for anxiety have you tried?
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.