According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, almost 40 million American adults are suffering from anxiety disorders. The good news is that no matter you’re suffering from a lifelong illness or just going through a period of stressful in your life, you can relieve the stress and anxiety by using some natural herbs. Read on to know these excellent herbs for calming you down:
Passionflower has been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and nervousness in the Americas since long time, and it works effectively in making you feel more relaxed by increasing levels of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) in the brain. You can try one cup of passionflower tea 3 times per day, or 45 drops of liquid extract daily.
- Licorice Root
Licorice root has a long history of medicinal use, helping people in many different ways as herbal medicine. One of licorice root’s valuable characteristics is its ability to help the body handle stressful situations. Licorice root provides a natural hormone alternative to cortisone, which can be greatly helpful in managing the anxiety situations. You can drink licorice root hot tea sometimes for its effect.
Studies have found that some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) work on the brain in a way similar to the anxiety-reducing drugs like Valium and Xanax. Chamomile tea might help you deal with nervousness, headaches as well as lack of appetite. And drink chamomile tea also helps keep your liver and lungs healthy, while if you have allergies, use chamomile carefully, as it is related to ragweed.
- Kava Kava
Kava kava is an excellent muscle relaxer and also works well in treating anxiety and depression, as the kava pyrones kava kava contains are with relaxing and mood-elevating effects. So, if you are experiencing stress and anxiety, try to use this herb. But Kava kava is not recommended for people with liver problems, pregnant and nursing women, and kids under age 18.
L-theanine isn’t really a herb, it’s actually a water-soluble amino acid, and it’s found mainly in green tea and black tea. But researchers have found that it helps to relieve anxiety and reduce stress effectively . L-theanine may increase the brain’s alpha-wave activity, making people feel calm to relieve anxiety, and it’s with no side-effect too. You need about 200mg per day for the effect of relieving stress and anxiety, while one cup of black tea provides only around 25 mg of L-theanine and green tea only around 8mg, so you can try a supplement.
Besides these super herbs, you can eat your way calm by adding some superfoods on your plate when you feel overwhelmed, some good recommendations are:
And follow some rules to start controlling your anxiety naturally:
- Eat foods are high in tryptophan, as tryptophan can provide you a better sleep to reduce anxiety
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Eat foods with more B vitamins, such as leafy vegetables, eggs, salmon, nuts, liver, seeds and yogurt
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated
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