4 Herbs to Help with Anxiety

Anxiety affects us all. And with school getting ready to start back up, anxiety can be an issue for everyone in the house. Parents get anxious about sending their little ones back to school or about the financial burdens that go along with school. Kids can experience anxiety due to new teachers, new friends, and new activities. Fortunately, God has given us many natural products in herbs that can help with anxiety. This blog post is going to explore a few of them.

1. Chamomile

This old time remedy still works for anxiety. It relaxes the nervous system, muscles, and eases digestive issues that arise with anxiety. The tea can be taken every 2 hours as it is needed for tightness and anxiety. There is a tincture as well that you can buy if you don't like the tea.

2. Valerian

This is a strong antianxiety herb in folklore. Its active ingredients, valepotriates, bind to the same receptors that benzodiazepines (Valium, Ativan, Xanax) do. This herb seems to be more beneficial to the nervous system though and does not cause dependence or tolerance. This herb is more commonly recommended for sleep and has been used as a muscle relaxant as well. As with all products, a small percentage of the population (including kids) will experience the opposite effect with this product.

This product comes as a tincture and as a liquid Phytocap. It is recommended to take the tincture twice daily or one capsule twice daily if used for anxiety.

3. Passionflower

This is another herb that is commonly used for insomnia but works well for anxiety. It also has antispasmodic properties so it can help as a muscle relaxant. This product comes as a tea or as a tincture. The tincture can be taken 3 times a day between meals to help with anxiety. This herb is not one for people who take MAOIs (i.e. selegiline, rasagiline, phenylzine).

4. Lavender

This is a lovely, fragrant, relaxing, and uplifting essential oil. It can help with anxiety and depression when used with a diffuser. It can be applied to the skin, but should be done so after being diluted with a carrier oil. Otherwise, inhale it as it is diffused into a room through a diffuser. It can also be added to bath salts . It should NOT be taken internally though. This is only to be used as a diffused essential oil and occasionally topically.

As with all my product recommendations, we offer many of them on our website. Please support our mission and use our store when you are purchasing your natural, herbal products. You can find the above recommended products in our store and click on Mood Health on the left.

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