A list of easily available herbs that can lessen anxiety attacks
Anxiety is a state of mind that causes fear and apprehension in a person. Everyoneexperiences anxiety to a certain extent. You remember how your palms got sweaty and your breathing shallow before your first job interview- that is normal anxiety. But, when an individual experiences a constant state of anxiety so much so that it intervenes in their routine activities, then there is reason for concern. When a person reaches this stage, they have an anxiety disorder. While most will opt for prescription medication, choosing alternative herbal remedies can help prevent the disorder. Read on to gain insight on the various herbs you can use to reduce and keep anxiety disorder at bay.
Chamomile is popular for its ability to calm the nerves. The ancient Egyptians used this herb as a natural medicine to treat restlessness and insomnia. It is especially popular because of
its ability to calm the nerves without making one drowsy. Most prescription drugs can have a drowsy effect on the person which can be avoided by drinking chamomile tea. So, brew a cup
every morning and have one before you sleep too. Researchers found that any restlessness, tension, insomnia and other anxiety disorder symptoms that you experience will disappear if
the herb is consumed regularly over a period of time.
The herb is usually safe and no common side effects have been known to be produced by inducing it. However, it may cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to daisies,
celery, marigold or chrysanthemums. Any allergic reaction should be treated immediately by consulting a doctor or professional medical attendant.
Lavender is an effective herb to use to keep stress at bay. The herb is known to promote calmness, relaxation and deep sleep. It works by balancing the hormones and putting the
immune system into action. For centuries, this herb has been used to treat anxiety and help people with anxiety disorders keep their cool. The most popular way to reap its benefits is by
using lavender oil in a diffuser to dispense its aroma around your home or room.
Aromatherapy is fast gaining credibility when it comes to treating various disorders. Research concludes that when lavender oil is inhaled, it stimulates molecules in the brain to
interact with the hippocampus and the amygdala, which are both organs associated with emotion. The aroma acts as a sedative and stimulates these organs to relax which in turn
reduces anxiety. A study conducted in 2007 also found that the scent of lavender reduced stress in men by regulating the serum cortisol, which is a stress related hormone present in
men. Side effects reported due to lavender aroma therapy are rare, but some cases of constipation, headache and increased appetite may occur if induced orally.
Ginkgo is one of the oldest trees in the world (dated to over 270 million years ago) that originated in Asia. It has been used in Asian cuisine and also as a traditional Chinese medicine but its use has spread all over the world now. It is used to improve memory and concentration, reduce vertigo and mood swings and also for treating hearing disorders.
Anxiety and depression is often caused by reduced levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin which leads to improper communication of signals between the neurons.
Ginkgo contains an enzyme that increases the breakdown of neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine which are all mood regulators that are essential for
normal transmission of nerve impulses. Ginkgo biloba’s extract is used rather than the whole leaf powder because it contains a specific ratio of active phytochemicals which offers better therapeutic properties. The two main types of phytochemicals- terpene lactones and Ginkgo-flavone glycosides- provide all the medicinal properties of the herb.
Ginkgo is available as tablets, capsules and herbal tea and the recommended dosage is between 80 mg to 240 mg for folks with anxiety disorder. Recommended time to see noticeable difference in behaviour is about 12 weeks but many people have shown faster results. It isn’t recommended to discontinue use suddenly because withdrawal symptoms might appear. Ginkgo is a blood thinner so be cautious if you are using other blood thinning medication or herbs.
Discover top tips for a healthy body and mind with our weekly wellbeing newsletter.
Join our mailing list today.