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Natural Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

If you’re struggling with anxiety and would like a helping hand, there are many natural remedies that you could use to give yourself a boost and some much needed relief.

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Below I’ve reviewed and rated some of the most prominent remedies that the herbal world has to offer.

Passionflower

The Passionflower is a powerful supplement that has been used for hundreds of year’s predominately to treat anxiety.  But has also been used to treat insomnia.

Rating: 8.5/10

Benefits:  Has been know to have a positive effect on the reduction of anxiety, it works by relaxing the body and making it easier to cope with anxiety.

How to take it:  It is to be taken orally and can be taken in either liquid or capsule form

Who shouldn’t take it:  Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Side Effects:  It’s safe for most people however shouldn’t be taken with any other sedatives, as it could induce extra drowsiness. Side effects have been rarely reported for Passionflower but may include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, rapid heartbeat and mental slowing. Care should be taken if driving or operating heavy machinery.

Conclusion:  The Passionflower has had good reviews in terms of reducing anxiety and insomnia, however more research could be conducted to produce solid, cast iron evidence,  but if you’re looking for a herbal remedy consider this one.

Valerian

Valerian is a great anti anxiety agent that can be used to treat various anxiety disorders.  The flowers of the Valerian plant have white or pink blooms and were used for perfume in the 1600’s.

Rating: 6/10

Benefits: Valerian has long been used as a remedy for anxiety, nervous tension and as a remedy for insomnia. It has also been recommended for the relief of menstrual cramps and as a carminative, or preparation that relieves gas in the stomach and intestines. Lotions made with Valerian extract are said to soothe skin rashes and swollen joints.

How to take it:  It’s safe for most people however shouldn’t be taken with any other sedatives, as it could induce extra drowsiness.

Who shouldn’t take it:  Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Side effects:  It’s safe for most people, however the few side effects reported include feeling slightly jittery, also taking too much can cause longer periods of sleep that.  Additionally high short-term doses of Valerian have been reported to cause headaches, muscle spasms, dizziness, digestive upsets, insomnia, and confusion.

Conclusion: The ‘scientific’ jury’s out on whether it will be affective or not in reducing anxiety because most of the research conducted has had mixed reviews.  But providing its not mixed with opiates its worth a try.

Kava

The Kava plant is tall shrub belonging to the pepper family, and the roots are used as medicine to treat anxiety. It is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific.  There is evidence to suggest that is works on par with prescribed anti-anxiety, medicines.

Rating: 7.5/10

Benefits: A feeling of mental clarity, patience, and an ease of acceptance. The effects of Kava are most often compared to alcohol, or diazepam.

Side effects:  Chronic heavy use can cause a yellow scaly rash on the user, which ends when its use is discontinued.  It has also been known to cause liver damage with prolonged chronic use.  Do not use if you need to operate heavy machinery.

How to take it:  Can be taken orally in liquid or capsule form.

Who shouldn’t take it:  Those who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Conclusion:  Could take up to eight weeks to see a significant improvement however if too much is taken its can produce a deep, extremely restful, dreamless sleep within 30 minutes.  Most people report feeling invigorated and clear minded after the sleep.  However prolonged use can cause drowsiness into the next day.  The side effects can be a little worrying, however improvement in anxiety levels have been noted by many, however too much of anything can be detrimental.

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