Anxiety and Depression can be very debilitating and can affect us without warning…for different reasons…grief, divorce, stressful work…the list is endless…

Herbs for Treating Anxiety and Depression

Valerian is used for general anxiety and nervousness with irritation. It also helps in treating the insomnia that occurs as a consequence of anxiety. Valerian is also useful in the case of heart failure accompanied with palpitations and a sense of fear. As a tranquilizer, Valerian is used alone or in combination with other herbs, as a tea or tincture.

 Lemon Balm is the cure for sleepless nights. It shows antidepressant properties and removes bad thoughts, nightmares and rolling over in bed. The main medicinal ingredient of this plant is essential oil which refreshes and calms strained nerves. Lemon Balm can be used alone or in combination with other plants.

Lavender shows soothing properties, and it can be used as a tea or essential oil which should be left to evaporate. Thanks to its pleasant scent lavender essential oil creates a special atmosphere. Lavender potions are recommended for the treatment of the nervous system diseases. This herb eases anxiety, tension, palpitations, hysteria, stress, depression, insomnia and headache.

Chamomile tea is an old and proven tonic for reducing the tension and relaxation.

Thyme is an ingredient of many medications because it has beneficial effects on the nervous system. It relaxes, reduces anxiety and mental tension providing a good sleep. It contains tannins, bitter substances, essential oils and phenolic compounds.

St. John’s Wort  may be applied in the form of tinctures, oils, extracts and teas that positively effect on general mental state – reduce depression, anxiety and insomnia. This herb contains tannins, hypericin, resin, anthocyanins, essential oils and azulene.St. John’s Wort is more recommendable than synthetic drugs because it doesn’t cause addiction and any harmful side effects.

Essential Basil oil is used for treating depression, mental exhaustion, melancholy and increased mental effort. Place a drop on a hanky/tissue and breathe in as and when needed. Or, place 3 drops on a burner in your work or living space.

 

 

Watch the following clip for more information on some of these herbs and some others which have not been mentioned in the above blog.

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