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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

written by: Cheryl Gabbert • edited by: Paul Arnold • updated: 1/16/2011

Millions of people suffer from anxiety, and more and more anti-anxiety medicines are being prescribed every minute. Why take drugs that can cause side effects and addictions when there are so many herbal remedies for anxiety out there? Treating anxiety with herbs can be as effective as medicines.

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    Treating Anxiety with Herbs

    Anxiety is an epidemic in modern society, with stressful work days and overwhelming schedules. It's no wonder that anti-anxiety medications are widely prescribed throughout the world. There is another alternative to taking medications. Herbal remedies for anxiety can be just as effective as medications, without the negative side effects. Why not try some of the following anti-anxiety herbs?

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    Valerian

    Valerian is gaining popularity as an herbal remedy for anxiety as well as a sleep aid. This herb is a possible alternative to drugs of benzodiapene origin, such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Librium. Valerian is considered very safe, with mild side effects. Stomach upset, apathy, mental dullness, mild depression has been experienced in some people. The smell of this herb is different, and some people find it a little difficult to take because of the odor.

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    Passionflower

    If you're considering treating anxiety with herbs, you might wish to try passionflower. Among herbal remedies for anxiety, passionflower is one of the safest, with very few side effects. It is also used for tension, restlessness and insomnia. Passionflower is effective in relieving nervous stomach tension, better known as "butterflies in the stomach". Some remedies contain passionflower and valerian combined, making them very effective herbal remedies for anxiety.

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    Lemon Balm

    Lemon balm has been used for centuries as one of the more popular herbs for anxiety. Lemon balm can be made into a calming tea when the stress of the world warrants a little relaxation. Its lemony-mint scent is very pleasant. Great for use as a mild stress reliever, lemon balm can be a good addition to your army of natural herbs for anxiety. Lemon balm is an easy to grow, hardy, aromatic plant that many people have added to their herb gardens.

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    Chamomile

    Chamomile tea is one of the classic herbal remedies for anxiety. Commercial chamomile teas are available to help consumers calm down after a stressful day. While chamomile is a very safe herb, it is related to the ragweed plant. Some people who are allergic to ragweed my experience allergy symptoms associated with this herb. Chamomile also contains blood thinning properties, so this should be a consideration when taking this herb.

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    Lavender

    Lavender is an aromatic herb that is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and general tension and stress. Lavender can be made into a tea or the essential oils can be inhaled in order to experience its calming properties. Lavender is a very safe herb and has been used as one of the more popular natural herbs for anxiety for years. Lavender makes a great addition to any flower garden and its cut stems can be used as a calming aroma around the house.

    If anxiety is making life overwhelming, perhaps a cup of chamomile tea or a passionflower supplement is in order. Instead of suffering in silence, go ahead and give one of these herbs a try.

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    Disclaimer

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    Resources

    1. University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/anxiety-000013.htm

    2. Wikipedia: www.wikipedia.com (lemon balm, passionflower, valerian)

    3. Your Body Can Heal: http://www.yourbodycanheal.com/natural-treatments-for-anxiety.html