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5 Natural Herbs for Anxiety

Passion Flower

Passion Flower acts as a non-drowsy, natural sedative that relieves intermittent nervousness, anxiety and panic attacks.  It’s actually the vine of the passion flower that holds the soothing effects.

Rather than knock you out or make you sleepy, passion flower will make you feel emotionally balanced.  It won’t give you a hyper, happy or excited feeling.  Instead, passion flower will restrain your emotions from its range of extremes.  If you have exaggerated emotions throughout the day (you go from very happy to very angry or sad), you may find passion flower to be a nice supplement.

St. Johns Wort

Extracts of this popular herb exert an antidepressant effect by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Dosage may vary.  The one I took had a recommended serving of  three grams of powder per day, but you really need to take it  for weeks before results are felt.  That said, if you just buy the supplement pills at your health store, this herb becomes a convenient way to ward off the blues.

Ginkgo Biloba

Used to improve circulation to the brain, Ginkgo Biloba elevates mood and is often used as a natural antidepressant.  Side effects are minimal, but talk to your doctor if you decide to go this route.  Ginkgo Biloba has been linked with bleeding disorders so you should do your homework before giving it a try.

Meadow Sweet

Meadow Sweet relieves headaches related to anxiety and stress.  You can drink meadowsweet tea or extract as a convenient dietary supplement.

I have just a couple of warnings for you here.  People with sensitivity to aspirin should avoid the use of meadow Sweet. Keep in mind, it should never be used to lower headaches or fevers in children as it may possibly lead to Reye’s syndrome.

Kava Kava

This is one of the most popular choices for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. It is a powerful herb from the South Seas. Used as an alternative to Valium, research studies have found it reduces anxiety equivalently.  The advantage is that there are no addictive side effects with the Kava Kava.  Bear in mind, Kava Kava WILL knock you out.  It acts as a sedative so don’t take it if you need to stay alert for any duration of time.  This is a more powerful alternative if Valerian root isn’t getting rid of your nocturnal anxiety effectively enough.

via 5 Natural Herbs for Anxiety | PRLog.

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