It may come as a surprise for you, but antidepressants are part of the drug categories that are prescribed most often in America. And the reason behind that is because more and more people are being affected by mental illnesses. 70% of the American population takes at least a prescribed drug while around 50% take at least two different drugs. The downside of these prescription drugs is that they come with many side effects such as memory problems, coordination loss, slurred speech, yellowing of the skin and eyes, walking difficulties and sometimes even seizures. However, here are 10 herbs that can help you fight mental issues naturally, without doping yourself with more addictive meds.
Lavender can be used to treat milder forms of nervous disorders and depression. It has some potent neuroprotective properties which can help stabilize the mood and help with any neurological disorders. Here’s how you can use lavender:
- Directly on the skin
- Dried lavender in the pillow case
- Consumed as lavender tea
- Using lavender oil in the bath
Lavender can also be used as aromatherapy if you fancy the method.
For a long time, valerian root has been used to treat conditions such as insomnia, headaches, and anxiety disorders. It can be consumed either as a pill or as a cup of tea. However, considering that it has a very strong smell, you may want to consume it very quickly.
A simple cup of chamomile tea can help you improve your sleep pattern and manage your stress levels. Previous studies have shown that chamomile can be a great aid in the treatment of depression. It contains Luteolin, apigenin, and a-bisabolol – all of them working to lower your blood pressure and make you feel more relaxed.
Have you ever wondered why you felt so at peace eating that last piece of vanilla cake? Well, you’re backed up by science here as well. Studies say that the scent of vanilla can reduce your anxiety levels up to 63%. This is why you also find it in so many creams, candles and spa products.
- Passion Flowers
This exotic flower has been used for a long time in the treatment for anxiety due to its sedative properties and sweet fragrance. They have also been used to treat issues such as seizures, hysteria, and insomnia. The scientific explanation behind that is that passion flowers can raise the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric) levels in the brain, making you feel more relaxed.
Rhodiola has been used in China to reduce stress levels. This plant can remove the feeling of fatigue and improve your mood, while also slowing down the sympathetic nervous system that goes into ‘overdrive,’ causing you anxiety episodes. Rhodiola also promotes the production of serotonin, a hormone that will make you feel more relaxed and happy.
See? You don’t have to take so many prescription pills to get rid of anxiety. Mother Nature has an answer for everything!