Anxiety sufferers should try the following medicinal herbs to help naturally cure or treat their anxiety. These herbs have been proven effective at reducing stress and anxiety:

  1. Passionflower is considered a mild sedative and can help promote sleep. Studies show that passionflower helps ease symptoms of anxiety, irritability, agitation, and depression. Passionflower is believed to increased Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), a chemical that down regulates some brain activity, making you feel more relaxed.  Try one cup of passionflower tea 2-3 times daily or 20-40 drops of liquid extract per day.
  2. Kava kava is one of the most famous anti-anxiety herbs. Kava kava is more sedating and hypnotic than passionflower, so use with caution; some people find that it causes drowsiness or feeling sleepy. It has an interesting taste that almost numbs your mouth, and has a long tradition of ritual use in Polynesia as well as medicinal use for its sedative and pain-relieving properties. Try kava kava as a tea or extract about 3-4 times per week. However, if you have liver problems do not use kava kava, recent studies suggest that over-consumption may damage the liver.
  3. Lavender is effective at reducing irritability and anxiety, promoting relaxation, a sense of calmness and sleep. A 2010 multi-center double-blinded randomized study compared lavender oil to anti-anxiety medication lorazepam and found that both were as effective against generalized and persistent anxiety. While lavender can be consumed in a tea, it may work best as an essential oil, which also has no sedative effects. Try using the oil as an aromatherapy solution.
  4. Lemon Balm usually found in combination with other herbs, lemon balm also has anti-anxiety powers on its own. Use in aromatherapy, try 300-500 mg of dried lemon balm three times daily, or ¼ to 1 teaspoon of dried lemon balm herb in hot water for a tea 3 times a day.
  5. Turmeric is one of the best herbs to consume or your overall health and wellness. It contains high levels of antioxidants, which improve blood flow to the brain and also improve heart health. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and have a positive impact on depression. Turmeric can reduce stress and increase longevity of the brain and heart. Consume ¼ teaspoon a day of organic turmeric.
  6. Basil is a natural immune-boosting herb, high in nutrients that improve overall cognitive function and can help reduce high amounts of stress.
  7. L-theanine is a water-soluble amino acid found mainly in green tea and black tea and is also available as a supplement. Studies have found that l-theanine acts directly on the brain, helping reduce stress and anxiety without causing drowsiness. A typical cup of black tea contains only about 25 mg of l-theanine and green tea only about 8 mg. A cup of tea a day may be soothing and calming, but if you want a more potent effect you can try a supplement of 200 mg a day.
  8. Nutmeg is a relaxant spice, used in folk medicine to relieve anxiety and depression. A little o this spice goes a long way, so don’t overdo it, a pinch here and there is all you need.

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