4 Herbs for Anxiety

| 5/11/2015 12:31:00 PM

We all experience feelings of anxiety, to varying degrees, throughout life. Whether it’s stress from work, school or myriad other life obligations, this response is part of our inherent “fight or flight” mechanism. For some, anxious feelings and symptoms can become so overwhelming and persistent that they begin to disrupt normal life. If you find yourself experiencing spells of anxiety, try incorporating the following four easy-to-grow anti-anxiety herbs into your daily routine.


Valerian is one of the best herbs for bringing down fear & worry based anxiety (excess Air) in a person as it contains much of the Earth element and is thereby very grounding. A sedative and nervine (tonic for the nervous system), warming valerian cleanses toxins from the colon, blood, joints, and nerves—everywhere that air hides! It calms muscle spasms, menstrual cramping and can help alleviate insomnia. Take it as a strong tea or decoction by boiling and straining it. Valerian was named Phu, by first century Greek physician Dioscorides, because it has a funny smell. The taste and smell of an herb is part of the medicinal value, as it tells your body what to do and how. Potent valerian will attract bees, butterflies and birds to your garden.

Chinese skullcap 

Skullcap is a sedative and nervine that works on the nervous and circulatory systems by bringing heat in the body down. It is a superb herb for cooling down hot emotions like anger, jealousy, and burning desire. So while valerian alleviates anxiety and insomnia due to cold emotions like fear and grief, skullcap should be used in the same manner for insomnia due to hot emotions like anger, jealousy, and desire. It has nice light flavor.

catnip, aka catmint 

6/15/2018 2:00:13 AM

@ Amandas - I am quoting what you said "we really need to move past the thinking that there are gatekeepers to our wellbeing" - so beautifully worded. I loved this comment!

6/14/2018 8:33:03 PM

@ Amandas - I am quoting what you said "we really need to move past the thinking that there are gatekeepers to our wellbeing" - so beautifully worded. I loved this comment!

6/14/2018 1:36:43 PM

I'm going to cause a few ripples and comment on a comment I see below this article. The commenter cautions that the herbs noted in the article are medicinal and should not be used unregulated (she says they should be prescribed by a Naturopath) and I have to disagree. I absolutely understand the thinking behind the comments BUT we don't need permission from someone else to cure ourselves. Now, all herbs should be researched before they are used, NEVER just take something because you heard it was good. Empower yourself, educate yourself! If you can't find the information you are looking for ask. There are a growing number of herbalists that would love to give you their insight. We really need to move past this thinking that there are gatekeepers to our wellbeing. This is a big reason the herbal community has fought the regulating of medicinal herbs. Herbal medicine is the people's medicine and should be freely available to all who are searching for it. We are in charge of our health.

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