16 Essential Anxiety Supplements That Are Worth Trying
In my work as a Special Education Advocate and Family Support Group facilitator, I know that herbal remedies for anxiety are often under-utilized as treatments, compared with stimulants, antidepressants, and other psychotropic medications.
Herbal remedies attract consumers because they are affordable and you won’t have to pay for a doctor visit. Because of their botanical origins, many of them have the added advantage of arousing our sense of smell with their fragrant scents.
Herbal remedies are less likely to have severe side effects than their medical counterparts, which makes them viable alternatives for children and adults with sensitivities.
Here are the best anti-anxiety herbs to try:
1. Chamomile – a Natural Sedative
Many people consume chamomile as a tea. Chamomile is also available as a pill and acts in the brain in the same way as anxiety medications like Valium.
In their initial tests, researchers determined Chamomile has noticeable anxiolytic abilities.
Through further study, researchers have concluded that it provides “meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity.”
To date, there are no known serious adverse effects from regular doses of Chamomile. It can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. It may also interact (in a manner similar to estrogen) in persons with certain hormone conditions.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that there is no evidence that chamomile directly cures a condition, though it is generally accepted around the world as something that soothes tension, alleviates headache symptoms, and calms the digestive system.
Chamomile is safe for most adults and children to take. Many people also believe that chamomile is one of the best anti-anxiety herbs for dogs.
Dr. Mercola suggests drinking chamomile in tea. Migraine sufferers may prefer to grind it into a paste and apply it to the forehead and sides of the head for about 30 minutes.
HOW TO USE
You can try to take Chamomile over a period of 8-weeks, at a daily dose of 220-1110mg to reduce the effects of generalized anxiety disorders. Chamomile can be taken periodically or on an as-needed basis.
2. Ashwagandha – Fights Depression and Fatigue
Ashwagandha is an ancient herbal remedy that has been used effectively in the past and present to reduce symptoms of depression, fatigue, and a general lack of motivation. Ashwagandha has long been a component of traditional Indian medicine. In the past, practitioners of Ayurveda have used it to control stress, relieve insomnia, and ease depression symptoms.
Researchers do not yet fully understand its prima