There’s nothing better than a warm cup of chamomile tea to help you sleep or to help manage an anxiety attack.
Several studies have found that the flower has meaningful antidepressant activity, as measured by Hamilton Depression Rating (HAM-D) questionnaires, when compared to a placebo (9).
Its active compounds, apigenin, luteolin and α-bisabolol, promote relaxation by gradually lowering blood pressure (10).
The scent of vanilla instantly promotes relaxation in most people. One study found that vanilla-like scents were associated with 63% less anxiety than administration of humidified air alone (11).
It’s no wonder that vanilla is often used in candles, creams and spa products.
Valerian root can be taken in pill or tea form to treat insomnia, anxiety disorders and headache.
The herb can smell a little strong, so it’s best to take it quickly and wash away the taste with a spoonful of maple syrup or molasses (4).
8. St. John’s Wort
St-John’s wort is easily available in health food stores and can even be grown in your backyard.
According to a peer review by physician Klaus Linde of the Munich Technical University, the herb is just affective as antidepressants like Prozac, but has fewer and less harmful side-effects (12).
However, St-John’s wort is know to interact with prescription medication like birth control, so you should consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
9. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a pleasant, almost citrusy leaf that is used to ease anxiety and improve the quality of life of patients with severe dementia.
It also increases attention, memory functions and calmness. It’s an incredibly easy crop to grow, so it’s more cost effective and safer than drugs (4).
Rosemary is as delicious as it is neuroprotective. It can be smelt or ingested to enhance memory and cognitive performance while easing nervous tension.
The essential oil can also be used to wean yourself off antidepressants or painkillers like morphine (4).
Remember that it’s always important to consult a naturopath or doctor before self-medicating, even if it’s done with natural substances.
While these herbs for anxiety offers great temporary treatment options, the best way to manage your anxiety is by following a healthy lifestyle, exercising, meditating and getting counselling.