Valerian has been used to ease insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness for almost two thousand years. It’s thought to work similarly to alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) by increasing the amount of GABA in the brain (4). To use, steep 1 teaspoon of dried root in 1 cup of boiled water for 5-10 minutes. However, it may take a few weeks of daily use to begin to feel its effects.
Turmeric well-known for its curcumin, is a bright orange root similar to ginger. It’s used as a flavoring agent and anti-inflammatory medicine (5). It’s also effective in relieving symptoms of indigestion, prevent irritable bowel syndrome, fight symptoms of depression better than medication and alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. It can even kill cancerous cells.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species and is commonly used to enhance cognition and improve blood circulation (6). It can also help improve memory, stabilize mood, relieve anxiety and prevent brain fog.