8 Herbs to Help with Anxiety
Anxiety is becoming a leading problem in America. However, herbs and diet can help us immensely, and it’s towards this effort that I have made this list. There are many contributing factors to this rise. We can look to outside causes for anxiety and there are many: environment, the faster pace of life, expectations, diet, chemicals etc.
We must also look internally if we are honest. Our own racing thoughts and self-judgements may play a big factor. They are also a part that we can choose to control. We have included some affirmations at the end that may help calm this inner chatter.
Some anxiety is serious and needs professional attention. However, for everyday nerves, stress, and anxiety, these herbs can be a good help and starting place. They are not intended as the only solution:
Lemon balm, Excellent for soothing the nerves and “lifting the spirits”, strengthens the digestive system and helps stress related digestive problems.
Lemon peel, helps build immune system, good for circulation, digestion and lifting depression. Note: The smell of citrus and citrus oils is used to lift depression and bad moods.It is especially good in the winter when there is less sunlight.
linden flowers, popular in Europe as a calming tea for the stomach and digestion, it is also widely used to ease anxiety and calm the mind. It is used for insomnia and promotes restfulness. Also helps to boost the immune system because it is high in vitamins and anti-oxidants. Good for sore throats and fevers. The linden tree is known as the love tree and is aromatic as an aphrodisiac.
passionflower, one of the best herbs for chronic insomnia, a mild sedative, used to treat pain and imbalances in the nervous system.
Chamomile is good for the digestive and the nervous system. It helps settle the stomach and calm the body. Good for children.
lemon verbena, used to help ease muscle and stomach spasms, mild sedative and stress reducer.
lavender, has a relaxing effect on mind and body. Good for anxiety, nervousness and stress related symptoms, promotes sleep.
St. John’s wort flowers. Used to lift depression as well as menopausal triggered anxiety, has a sedative and pain-reducing effect, helpful for calming muscle spasms and nerve injuries. Used for centuries as help for the mind.
A combination of some or all of these herbs together taken as a tea several times a day as needed or before bedtime has been found to be helpful.
Possible Mental cause of anxiety: Not trusting the flow and the process of life.
Affirmation: “I love and approve of myself and I trust the process of life. I am safe.” *
*affirmations are taken directly out of Louise Hay’s book, Heal Your Body. www.LouiseHay.com