Feeling anxious when you are in an interview, meeting somebody for the first time, or visiting a new place is pretty normal. In fact, studies have shown that minor anxiety is actually beneficial. It makes you more conscious about your surroundings and protects you from threatening situations.
However, anxiety becomes a matter of grave concern if it is frequent. In such scenarios, anxious thoughts are likely to hinder your everyday tasks and lead to physical and mental exhaustion.
So, what can you do to alleviate anxiety?
Dealing with anxiety is burdensome yet treatable. Below are a few herbal remedies and supplements that can help lower your stress and ease your mind. So, let’s learn more!
Withania somnifera, better known as Ashwagandha, helps regulate the body’s response system by affecting the hormone level. Although it has a long history of use as ayurvedic medicine, a clinical study in 2019 proved its effectiveness in reducing stress. It helps calm the brain, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system.
You can consume Ashwagandha in liquid tincture or as a tablet.
Kratom is a tropical tree typically found in South Asia. Its leaves have an active ingredient called Mitragynine. The medicinal properties of mitragynine help with chronic pain, depression, and stress by binding opioid receptors in the brain. Several studies have shown that it helps in boosting mood and alleviating anxiety.
In case you don’t live in South Asia, it might be challenging to find kratom-infused products. Therefore, whenever you are searching for kratom online, make sure to connect only with qualified vendors. Read the testimonials of the customers before placing your order.
Lavender belongs to the mint family and has therapeutic properties. Several studies have asserted its effectiveness for calming nerves, uplifting mood, and reducing anxiety. Basically, the chemical “terpenes” help tame the chemical receptors in the brain, thus alleviating stress.
Usually, people use lavender in the following ways:
Using lavender oil during aromatherapy
Mixing with essential oils for massage
Brewing lavender tea
Chamomile is another flowering herb that helps in reducing stress. It is generally of two types: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. A study by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has proven the efficiency of chamomile in curing long-term generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
You can use this herb as a tea, extract, skin cream, or tablet. Nevertheless, if you have an allergy to daisies, marigolds, chrysanthemums, or ragweeds, it would be wise to consult the doctor before using this herb.
Valerian or Valeriana officinalis is found in Asia and Europe. This plant has a history of being used for sleeping issues, depression, and stress. You can use the valerian roots to make tea or a tincture and tablet.
Although valerian is safe and effective, it is not suggested to the following groups:
Children under the age of 3
These are some herbs that you can use to ease your anxiety. The medicinal properties present in these herbs will also help you cope with stress and body pain. Nevertheless, if your condition doesn’t seem to be improving after using these remedies, you should consult a doctor or psychologist.
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