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).