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Home Remedies for Anxiety

Home Remedies for Anxiety

  1. California Poppy—Eschscholtzia californica
    • A tension-relieving, sedative, anti-anxiety and antispasmodic herb.
    • Helps sleeplessness, quells headache and muscular spasm from stress.
    • Gentle, non-addictive action that is safe for children and the elderly.
  2. Chamomile—Matricaria recutita
    • Tranquilizing effects, with action similar to drugs, i.e. Halcion, Valium.
    • Reduces effects of stress-induced chemicals in the brain, while promoting healthy adrenal hormones (e.g. cortisol). Relieves pain and spasms.
    • Aids digestion, cramping and back pain. Promotes restful sleep.
  3. Ashwagandha- is an important Indian herb that has a mild calming, anticonvulsant and
    antispasmodic effect. Ashwagandha can significantly relieve most of the symptoms of
    anxiety, panic attacks and phobia.
  4. Passion Flower- is a non drowsy natural sedative that provides relief from nervousness and anxiety attacks.
  5. St. John’s Wort- is a herb for anxiety that acts as a natural antidepressant.
  6. Ginkgo Biloba- this herb improves blood circulation in the brain and elevates mood.
  7. Hops—Humulus lupulus
    • Calms nerves, eases anxiety, restlessness and tension. For headaches from stress, insomnia / sleep loss, indigestion or effects of alcohol.
    • Its sedative properties are not appropriate for use during depression.
  8. Kava Kava—Piper methysticum
    • Reduces anxiety, fear, tension; alleviates stress from many emotional, interpersonal and career factors. Improves performance; no grogginess.
    • Relaxes muscles, relieves pain, insomnia and promotes restful sleep.
    • Compares favorably to tranquilizers and benzodiazepines for anxiety.
  9. Lemon Balrn—Melissa officinalis
    • Relaxing and tonic herb, reduces anxiety, restlessness and nervousness.
    • Helps with panic disorder, palpitations, racing heart, overactive thyroid.
    • For digestive upset from stress or anxiety; nausea, indigestion, colic.
    • Anti-depressant. Good in synergistic combination with other herbs.
  10. Linden—Tilia europaea
    • Reduces tension, promotes relaxation; mild mood-elevating qualities.
    • Protects against illness due to stress, anxiety and overactive adrenal glands, including high blood pressure, palpitations, gastric ulcers.
  11. Mothervvort—Leonarus cardiaca
    • A relaxing, tonic herb and mild sedative that gently relieves tension, anxiety when feeling under pressure. A heart, uterine and thyroid tonic.
    • Relieves symptoms like a racing heart, shallow breathing.
  12. Passionflower—Passiflora incarnata
    • Sedative herb that relieves anxiety, tension, spasms, pains, neuralgia.
    • Promotes restful, refreshed sleep; induces relaxation, mild euphoria.
    • Gentle action, suitable for nervousness in children and the elderly.
  13. Skullcap—Scutellaria laterifolia
    • Relaxes, yet tones and renews the nervous system. Calms oversensitivity.
    • Helps hysteria, depression and exhaustion, eases stress during PMS.
    • Pain reliever and antispasmodic, decreases restlessness, nervousness.
  14. St. John’s Wort–Hypericum perfoliatum
    • Effective long-term action for anxiety and tension, as well as irritability and depression. Also for mood changes during menopause and for pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and neuralgia.
  15. Valerian—Valeriana officinalis
    • Sedative and muscle relaxant; for anxiety, stress, muscle tension and pain, nervous cramps, restlessness, insomnia, overwork or overstudy.
    • For easing off drug dependency (both medical and recreational drugs).
    • For after effects of chronic flu. Improves poor concentration.
  16. Vervain—Verbena officinalis
    • Relaxing nervine; reduces tension, strengthens the nervous system.
    • Reduces anxiety due to stress, PMS or menopause, calms hysteria.
    • Useful for lingering depression after a cold or flu. Tones the liver.
  17. Wild Lettuce–Lactuca virosa
    • Gentle tranquilizer, calming an overactive, excitable nervous system.
    • Very suitable for anxious children or adolescents. Helps with insomnia.
    • General pain reliever and antispasmodic, especially for irritable coughs.
  18. Wood Betony—Stachys officinalis
    • Sedative action, relieves tension, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.
    • Calms an overactive, edgy state. Relieves headaches and neuralgic pain.
    • Strengthens neurological function and improves memory, clarity.
  19. Soak 10-12 raw almonds in water for at least 8 hours and peel off their skins. Blend the almonds with a cup of warm milk, little ginger and nutmeg. Drink this preparation before going to bed.
  20. Add equal amounts of baking soda and ginger powder in water for having a warm bath.
  21. Massage the whole body with warm sesame oil including scalp and the bottoms of your feet. Other oils like those of sunflower, coconut, or corn oil can also be used for massage before bath. Have celery and onions- raw or cooked- with meals for a couple of weeks. They both have good quantities of potassium and folic acid whose deficiencies also cause anxiety.
  22. Peel and inhale an orange whose aroma is considered to reduce anxiety. Orange juice with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of nutmeg can also be had to relax the nerves.