Anxiety UK state that in Great Britain 1 in 10 people will suffer from some form of debilitating anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. This means that if anxiety does not affect you, it most likely has affected someone you know.
Anxiety is an umbrella term for a much more complex and varying problem. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder are just some of the more specific anxiety disorders that people can find themselves living with day-to-day.
The symptoms that come with these anxiety disorders can range from mild to completely debilitating. These can include, but are not limited to: panic attacks, exhaustion, nausea, headaches, palpitations, sweating and sleep issues. Anxiety can feel very lonely and isolating. The cause of an anxiety disorder can sometimes be obvious to the person (such as known past trauma). Alternatively, they can stem from the subconscious. This can make it feel as though it is impossible to ‘cure’, due to not knowing the root or trigger.
Modern society’s interest in natural medicine is rapidly increasing. This is due to a growing awareness of the dangers and side effects of orthodox medicines. As a result, the demand for reputable information about natural medicine is increasing. Here, we will share the 5 herbal remedies that we at the Herbs4Healing Clinic find to be helpful for easing the symptoms of anxiety. We hope you find it helpful. (All of the following herbal remedies are available to buy at Herbs4Healing).
1) Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is often called ‘the herbal hug’ for a reason. Drinking Lemon Balm tea or tincture has a wonderful comforting effect and relaxes the nervous system. It eases feelings of tension or worry. Something that makes Lemon Balm so special is it’s anti-viral properties; if your anxiety leaves you feeling run down – therefore more susceptible to illness – it can help to keep your immune system strong. Lemon Balm pairs really well with loads of other herbs, but is lovely on its own, too.
Limeflowers have an amazing regulatory effect on the circulatory system, and can be thought of as a ‘bottlebrush’ for the veins. This makes it great for people that are prone to palpitations and tension headaches as a result of their anxiety. Limeflowers have a gentle sedating effect, so are the perfect remedy if you feel overtired or restless after trying to manage your anxiety (which can be exhausting, we know). Using the tea or tincture can help to promote a decent night’s sleep, with less ‘mental list making’ and more quality rest time.
Super gentle and comforting; Chamomile is a great starting place when getting into the world of herbal remedies. Making sure your chamomile is organic and great quality is key; generic £1.99 teabags from the supermarket won’t have the same therapeutic effect (this goes for all herbs). Chamomile is soothing for the gut and the mind, making it a good remedy if you get a slightly upset stomach or lack of appetite as a result of your anxiety. Chamomile is also great if you are prone to feeling hyper-sensitive or tearful with your anxiety.
They’re not just for breakfast; Oats are incredible for so many things. Primarily a nerve tonic, Oats are restorative for the body and mind. Rich in minerals like iron and zinc, they boost the immune system (often lower in anxiety sufferers). As well as this, Oats ease nervous exhaustion and restlessness. Remember the saying, “sowing your wild oats”? Well, Oats are known to increase sexual desire and libido, which are commonly debilitated by anxiety. Of course, you can increase the intake of Oats in your diet. Alternatively, consider an Oats Tincture; potent and faster-acting.
The name may sound a little intimidating, but this is one of the most incredible herbs for anxiety and stress you can use. Skullcap is the ultimate nervine; if you feel completely burnt out/exhausted beyond the point of no return, Skullcap will gently restore your body and mind. Skullcap pairs amazingly with Lemon Balm. Think of these two herbs as general anxiety-aids.
So, there you have it – the 5 herbal remedies you should know about if you suffer from anxiety – whatever form it may manifest itself in.
You can use these herbs on their own, or blend them together for multiple benefits at once. You can drink them with hot water (herbal tea) which can be soothing and comforting in itself. Tinctures (herbs distilled in an alcohol) are more punchy and fast-acting if you need powerful relief – helpful for painful symptoms like headaches or distressing symptoms like panic attacks/palpitations. There is no right or wrong way to take these herbs – some people respond really well to herbal teas, whilst others will prefer tinctures. It is completely personal to every individual. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to try them for yourself!*
*Consult your doctor if you are already taking prescription medication before using herbal remedies – just to be on the safe side.
We know herbal medicine can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with it – or have never felt the benefits – that’s why at Herbs4Healing we want to make it accessible and inspiring for anyone and everyone.
If you have a specific concern you would like to be consulted on, you can contact an expert Herbalist by messaging firstname.lastname@example.org.