4 Herbs for Anxiety


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


Tags: Natural Remedies, Mental Health, Anxiety, Remedies for Anxiety, Valerian, Skullcap, Catnip, Lemon Balm, Shar Veda,

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

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 

jazzyredhead
5/13/2015 5:21:43 AM

Love this article. Great guidance but I need to add that these herbs with medicinal value, should be prescribed by a Naturopath and not used at home unregulated. They are medicines. They can be dangerous. I worked for a Naturopath and Founder of one of the most prestigious Naturopathy Colleges on the West Coast. He would say the same. Dr. Lester Griffith N.D. Co-founder of Bastyr. Please get treatment and consult with a physician before medicating with these. Great advice but we must be careful with it.


jazzyredhead
5/13/2015 5:21:17 AM

Love this article. Great guidance but I need to add that these herbs with medicinal value, should be prescribed by a Naturopath and not used at home unregulated. They are medicines. They can be dangerous. I worked for a Naturopath and Founder of one of the most prestigious Naturopathy Colleges on the West Coast. He would say the same. Dr. Lester Griffith N.D. Co-founder of Bastyr. Please get treatment and consult with a physician before medicating with these. Great advice but we must be careful with it.





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