Herbs for Anxiety

If you have anxiety, you should consult with your doctor as you may need professional guidance or medications. If you doctor says you do not need medications, then you may want to try some herbs which have been found to be useful for people with anxiety. The following are the most promising herbs for anxiety:

Valerian is a very known herb among insomniacs, as it is helpful for promoting restful sleep. However, it is also efficaciously for anxiety, as it has a calming effect. In addition, many people suffering from anxiety will have sleep problems, and in this case valerian will be especially useful. You should take valerian about an hour before bedtime and it may take up to three weeks for you to start noticing its beneficial effect. Valerian is available as capsules and as tea and liquid extracts. This herb should not be taken with other medications or with alcohol.

Kava is another popular herb for anxiety, but recently the FDA has issued a warning that this herb may cause liver injury. If you are thinking of using kava, you should consult with a doctor first. Kava root has traditionally been made into a beverage, but is now also available in capsule and liquid extract forms. It shouldn’t be taken with other medications or with alcohol.

Passionflower has been used for a long time as a folk remedy for anxiety. It is relatively fast acting and works as a natural sedative. Passionflower should not be taken with other medications or sedatives.
St John’s Wort is often used in persons who suffer from both anxiety and depression, as this herb seems to have a potent anti-depressive effect. In fact, in some countries it is prescribed more often than standard antidepressants, as it has fewer side effects than modern medicines. St. John’s wort can also be bought over the counter in tablet or teabag form.

Ginko Biloba is used for a variety of ailments, including dementia, cardiovascular problems and anxiety. It appears to be able to improve circulation to the brain, enhance mood, and acts as a natural antidepressant. However, it appears to thin the blood and therefore should not be used by persons with bleeding disorders or users of anti-coagulants such as warfarin.

Another anxiety herb is chamomile. It’s most common use is perhaps to ease discomfort in the digestive tract, but it is also helpful for anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and menstrual disorders. Chamomile is generally used as an infusion and like ginko biloba appears to have a blood-thinning effect and therefore should be avoided by persons on blood-thinning medications.