Herbal tinctures for anxiety

Anxiety is inevitable. If you begin to feel anxious, worried or nervous about a particular problem, it could be that you have anxiety.

Unfortunately, using pharmaceutical drugs can leave the patient with common side effects, including digestive problems, depression, greater anxiety and in some cases constipation or diarrhoea. There are a number of herbal tinctures for anxiety that may help reduce some of the symptoms:

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has been used for thousands of years because of its calming properties.  In ancient Greek and Roman medicines, lemon balm was used to treat poisonous bites and stings and as a dressing for wounds. In the middle ages lemon balm was used to help relieve stress and anxiety, promote sleep, ease indigestion and lift the spirits.

In one study, a daily dose of 600 mg of lemon balm for a week improved mood, and boosted both calmness and alertness. Other studies have shown that lemon balm in conjunction with other herbs such as valerian, hops and chamomile, can enhance sleep. It can also be used as a calming, relaxing tea.

There is also evidence to suggest that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs, may help treat indigestion. It has antibacterial activity, having protective properties against Listeria and Staphylococcus.


Native to Central and North America, passionflower played a role in local herbal medicines, as a powerful natural painkiller and calming remedy.

It is often combined with valerian, lemon balm or other calming herbs and is considered quite a safe remedy that is why it is very often recommended to children suffering from hyperactivity and increased irritability.

Passionflower health benefits include the following:

  • Relief of anxiety;
  • Calming and sedative benefits are used to treat insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, chronic stress;
  • Combining passion flower with valerian root or hops can substantially boost passion flower benefits for insomnia and combining it with St John’s Wort is a natural solution to boost its anti-depression powers;
  • It is known as a natural pain reliever for nerve pain and may be used to treat sciatica, neuralgia, shingles, etc.

Some anxiety tinctures come in supplement form too. As with all herbal remedies and tinctures it important to seek professional advice first and refrain from use if you’re allergic to some of the ingredients.

23 Jun, 2012

4 thoughts on “Herbal tinctures for anxiety

  1. Very good post and informative. I need to look into some anti-anxiety herbs for my daughter who suffers from severe anxiety. She almost passed out the other night from an anxiety attack.

    I also need to start looking into some natural sleep remedies for myself as the doctor is at a loss and doesn’t have any other suggestions.

    I am going to start the exercising that I have put off, to see if it will help with the sleep problems but I don’t know when to do them in the morning or in the evening.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I hope you get things sorted out soon on your herbal remedies.

      Exercising is best done on a morning, but if that’s not easy to achieve, evening is also fine; just make sure you clear the decks well before bed time.

  2. A very informative post. I have heard about both of these before and I think these herbal remedies must be worth trying before traditional prescribed drugs.

    1. Thank you. I always try alternative herbal preparations first before any traditional prescribed drugs.

      For more serious conditions, alternative treatment for some people may not be their preferred choice.

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