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 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.