Five herbs that banish depression and anxiety better than antidepressants
One of my favourite herbs for anxiety
and insomnia, passionflowers has been shown to work as well as some anxiety medications. How amazing? If you suffer from severe anxiety or often find yourself feeling unnecessarily stressed, give this one a try.
Sluggish? Anxious? Stressed? Or all three? Ashwagandha naturally lowers the stress
hormone, cortisol, providing anti-anxiety relief similar to that of lorazepam. It’s lovely in a tincture or tea form daily, and an added benefit is that it’s a proven cancer
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An anti-anxiety warrior of note, lavender is great in your tea, bath or skincare routine. However, I also use this herb for aromatherapy. Simple put eight to ten drops on your pillow before bedtime for a long, restful sleep
. Or, boil a pot of water, add organic lavender essential oil, and inhale deeply for an incredible at-home spa ritual.
Chamomile is great for soothing aches and pains, as well as for boosting your immunity. However, one of its other very popular uses is for osteoporosis
. The herb goes straight to your bones
and stimulates osteo-based cells, lubricates your joints and reduces inflammation.
Rhodiola is great for increasing energy, relieving stress and enhancing memory. It seems to enhance the transportation of important serotonin precursors in your brain, and is a potent adaptogen, meaning it normalises the functions of your body. Furthermore, it’s also a known cancer
In addition to using herbs to treat your depression
and anxiety, you should also change your behaviour – for example, your lifestyle, way of thinking and physical activity levels – for optimal results.