How to calm anxiety with herbs

To a greater or lesser extent, we have all suffered anxiety at some point in our life. Anxiety is a natural reaction of the body, which becomes alert when it perceives danger. But what happens when this danger is not real? When is the mind that makes it? In these cases, anxiety can become chronic and generalized, requiring a psychiatric consultation to alleviate and calm its effects.

Whether you have chronic anxiety or specific anxiety, due to a change in your life, stress or before a big date, nature offers us infinite alternatives to be able to deal with it and return to normality.

Steps to follow:

  1. The passionflower, popularly called the Passion Flower is an easy herb to recognize its kaleidoscopic flower, purple and yellow, and its innumerable benefits and properties. Being good for so many conditions it is not surprising that it is also good for anxiety.
  2. This plant has a great calming effect, which is why it works perfectly in those people who suffer from anxiety, stress and nervousness, reducing the nerves and calming the accumulated tension.
  3. Of the other properties it has, it is worth highlighting its power as an antispasmodic, that is, it prevents stomach movements that cause stomach ailments, and we highlight this because the stomach is one of the places where anxiety attacks the most.
  4. The valerian is another major natural remedy used to treat many conditions, but usually, it is used to treat all kinds of problems related to the central nervous system.
  5. As a result of its sedative and calming effects, valerian can become your great ally to combat anxiety and stress, as well as a magnificent natural alternative to drugs to prevent sleep disorders and insomnia.
  6. Valerian is an herb that is also highly recommended for treating menopausal symptoms, as well as other mood disturbances that cause irritability and mood swings.
  7. Surely, we do not need to say anything about chamomile and its properties, since in any home we can find this popular herb to calm anxiety.
  8. Chamomile, as well as valerian, has sedative and calming effects, highly indicated for those who suffer from anxiety, stress, and emotional hypersensitivity or irritation.  This plant can help relax and de-stress the mind during the day, but it is also perfect for preventing insomnia at night.
  9. As we have already said before, anxiety is a condition that usually manifests itself through the stomach with poor digestion and tummy aches, but chamomile also has a cure for this, as its anti-inflammatory properties allow to reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestinal mucosa, calming pain and irritation.
  10. We went from a very popular herb to another that is not so well known in our area, but just as famous or more famous in other parts of the world. The ginseng is one of the largest and most widely used remedies in traditional Chinese medicine.
  11. Ginseng is a plant with great properties, although most of these are found in its root, which benefits are recognized when regulating our body. This regulation occurs at two levels, firstly it is a great source of energy, something essential to overcome the fatigue and tiredness typical of an anxiety disorder. But on the other hand, it is also known to regulate mood effects, being especially effective in those people who suffer from depressive or anxious symptoms.
  12. The verbena is another very popular plants to ease anxiety, traditionally used to fight many diseases and conditions. Besides having a fantastic aroma and flavor, which is why it is used as a gastronomic element in some cultures, lemon verbena has a great  sedative effect, making it a perfect element to facilitate sleep and prevent insomnia.
  13. To all this we must add its properties as a digestive and antispasmodic, which are also very useful to cope with some of the most common symptoms of anxiety.
  14. Normally anxiety, as well as other mental disorders such as schizophrenia or psychosis, is associated with high levels of dopamine, a hormone present in our body that is responsible for regulating different mechanisms of our body. The San Juan plant is an herb to combat anxiety because, due to its composition in flavonoids and hypericin, it helps to inhibit the effects of dopamine, relieving anxiety and improving mood.
  15. In addition, it also reduces the production of adrenaline, another hormone present in states of anxiety, making it a perfect remedy to attack this condition from a global point of view.
  16. Raise your hand to those who have not ever been told to have a linden, we have all been through that and, probably, when we talk about calming anxiety with herbs we are talking almost specifically about linden.
  17. Because of its powerful sedative effect, it is widely used as a cure for insomnia, taking it before going to sleep, however, in cases of anxiety it can also be used during the day, to calm the state of nervousness and stress.
  18. Now that we know which herbs to take to calm anxiety, it is time to learn how to take them to combat this disorder. There are many ways to do it, and each of them will depend on different factors such as the herb we want to take or our preferences. Here are the best ways to take herbs to calm anxiety:
  • Taking them by means of an infusion is the most used and the most effective way, since its active principles are absorbed very well. To do this, you can buy herbal preparations or prepare it at home from the leaves. You have to add the leaves or the bag of herbs in a cup of boiled water, let it rest for 5 minutes, and when it has infused, remove the leaves. You can also add lemon juice or a sweetener such as honey and it will be ready to drink. In the following article you will find the best infusions to calm anxiety.
  • If you like its flavor, some of these plants can be eaten directly as a fresh leaf, as part of salads or alone.
  • Some of these herbs such as ginseng or lemon verbena are used as a condiment in the preparation of some dishes. Especially lemon verbena, with its great citrus flavor, is used to pair some sauces for fish and meat.
  • Herbs to calm anxiety can also be used doing aromatherapy or with steam or inhalations. To do this, put a pot to boil, with the leaves of the plant you want inside and being careful not to burn yourself, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the rising steam.

This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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