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The experience of frequent anxiety can feel overwhelming, and when left unchecked, anxiety can affect your health, leaving you very rundown. The good news is, there are plenty of natural herbal supplements that can help ease anxiety. Here's some of the ones I've tried and actually worked at stopping me from driving myself to the E.R. thinking I'm having a heart attack.
5-Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body, we need this amino acid to help our bodies create serotonin. If your serotonin levels fall too low, you will likely experience feelings of depression or anxiety. It’s worth taking this supplement to boost serotonin levels and improve your mood. Besides this, 5-HTP can provide other health benefits, including; supporting weight loss; providing pain relief; and reducing the frequency of migraines.
2. St John’s Wort
St John’s Wort is a herbal supplement that’s extracted from a yellow flowering plant. It’s a popular natural alternative to antidepressants or anxiety medication. Several studies have praised St John’s Wort for its ability to treat anxiety, without side effects. Scientists believe that it’s the hyperforin content that helps to calm the nervous system, producing feelings of tranquility. When you're taking St John’s Wort it’s not advisable to eat foods that contain high amounts of tyramine. Remember to check the label for further guidance.
3. Passion Flower
Passionflower extract can be purchased in the form of a supplement or a tea. The herb is very useful for easing anxiety and stress symptoms. Studies have indicated that passionflower can impact GABA levels, resulting in feelings of calmness and relaxation. As well as this, passionflower is an effective natural sleep aid for those who experience insomnia. Take one capsule of passionflower approximately thirty minutes before going to sleep and doze off to Neverland!
Cannabidiol is one of the compounds found in marijuana plants. The substance does not cause intoxication, yet it is suitable for easing anxiety symptoms, producing a calm sensation. Research conducted by the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that 5-HT1A receptors are activated by CBD, creating an effect that is similar to those of antidepressants. There are plenty of ways to try CBD whether it’s by vaping, ingesting the oil, or CBD edibles. To learn more take a look at bloomfarmscbd.com.
5. Valerian Root
Valerian root is a flowering plant that’s native to Asia. You can purchase the herb in the form of a tea or a supplement. The plant has long been praised for its stress-busting properties, plus its ability to promote sleep. Several studies have suggested that valerian root is effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety. For example, a study in PubMed discusses how the herb interacts with GABA levels to produce an anxiolytic effect.
6. Lavender Essential Oil
This is my favorite essential oil because it can address so many issues all at once. It's anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-insomnia and anti-anxiety. It also smells great which is why it's a popular scent for bath and beauty products. When I have a hard time dozing off to bed or I'm feeling restless for an upcoming scan, sniffing my Young Living Lavender Essential Oil through a diffuser helps melt those jitters away. If you'd like to explore oiling with me via Young Living, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's WIN together!
7. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a flowering herb that is oh so relaxing when consumed as a hot tea. It helps you sleep, aids in your digestion, relieves anxiety and soothes you when you caught a cold or flu. Whenever I'm recovering from chemo, this is my go-to hot drink at night with a hint of ginger to help me recover from the lethargic feeling, calm my mind so I can rest better and digest my food with ease.
With so many options, you can now get your anxiety under control, the natural way. Herbal supplements can sometimes interact with mediation so it’s best to ask your doctor if you do take any pharmaceutical drugs. Always read the instructions carefully, and do not take more than the suggested dose. Cheers to WINNING days ahead, stress and anxiety-free! :)