Rhodiola is a herb used in Chinese and and Scandinavian traditional medicine to reduce stress, treat fatigue and promote happiness (6).
It works by decreasing activity in the sympathetic nervous system that controls rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, shaking, dizziness, and nausea.
It also stimulates the release of serotonin, the hormone responsible for happiness and relaxation. (6)
Lavender is used in aromatherapy and natural healing to treat mild to moderate depression and nervous disorders (4).
It also has neuroprotective properties that also stabilize mood and help manage neurological disorders (7).
Lavender is safe to use on the skin and ingest, so you can enjoy these benefits by adding a few drop of essential oil to your bath, drinking it as a tea or placing a pouch of dried flowers in your pillow case.
Commonly used in ayurvedic medicine Ashwagandha is specifically known to help agoraphobia (anxiety triggered by large crowds and open spaces) (8).
A 2012 study of 64 volunteers randomized study found that the herb substantially reduced serum levels of cortisol, a powerful stress hormone. Ashwagandha can be taken in supplement form, but it’s more relaxing as a tea.