Herbal Antidepressants: For anxiety

Anxiety Herbs

There are a range of herbs that have been traditionally used to combat the effects of anxiety in various cultures. If you suffer from a nevous condition browse through these remedies from the world's herbal medicine traditions. Read our blog article on Herbal Anti-depressants here.

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Ashwagandha

(Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, anxiety, neurosis.

Good for... Anxiety, Energy
 

Avena sativa

(Avena sativa)
Avena sativa

Known for treating nervous exhaustion and aiding recovery from illness and addictions.

Good for... Anxiety
 

Brahmi

(Bacopa monniera)
Brahmi

Brahmi's mind enhancing and nervous system soothing qualities are legendary. It is recommended for use in adults and children as it is mild and gentle and appropriate for any age.

Good for... Anxiety
 

Catnip

(Nepeta cataria)
Catnip

Catnip makes a soothing tea which is mild enough to give to small children. In many cultures, it is thought to purify the blood, and is used for its calming and sedative effects, both in adults and in small children. It is recommended for aiding sleep.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep
 

Chamomile

(Chamomilla recutita)
Chamomile

Chamomile is thought of as one of the "Heal all" remedies of the herbal world. It is relaxing, calming, anti-inflammatory, gentle, a natural sedative, and safe for kids. It is good for insomnia, sleep disturbances, and anxiety as it is a natural tranquiliser.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep
 

Damiana

(Turnera diffusa)
Damiana

Damiana is an antidepressant and is known to strengthen and tonify the central nervous system and is used for emotional stress, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. It is also thought to be helpful in conditions of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood
 

Fo-ti (Ho Shou Wu)

(Polygonum multiflorum)
Fo-Ti

Fo-ti is a traditional Chinese medicine, and is known as one of the herbs for nourishing the heart and calming the spirit. It is seen as a remedy for unblocking the channels of the heart and spirit, allowing a pathway for the release of generalized weakness, soreness, pain and fatigue. It is also indicated traditionally for nightmares. As it is mildly oestrogenic it is indicated for use in menopausal symptoms.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood
 

Gotu kola

(Hydrocotyle asiatica)
Gotu Kola

Gota kola is sometimes called "food for the brain" and it is used as a brain tonic, known to aid intelligence and memory. It combats stress, by rebuilding energy reserves and increasing mental and physical power. It is a nerve tonic, a promoter of memory and a blood purifier. As a nervine it is recomended for nervous disorders, including senility, premature aging, and epilepsy. It strengthens the adrenal glands and energises the central nervous system.

Good for... Anxiety, Energy
 

Hemp

(Cannabis Sativa)

Hemp can be taken on a daily basis for general well-being. It is a fantastic plant with a wide range of nutritional benefits. The shelled seeds can be sprinkled on any foods and make a slightly nutty crunchy topping. They can also be blended with water to make a raw hemp milk, this is particually good for those who are lactose intolerant and looking for a good source of protein with a decent range of amino acids, the Omegas and other phyto-goodies.

In addition hemp leaf tea is both a delicious digestive stimulant and is known for it's calming effects.

Good for... Anxiety, Nutrition
 

Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine Tea is fantastic for lifting the mood; it's flowery scent and taste has the power to elevate and brighten any moment. Used in a blend with other herbs it can bring calm and relaxation to the nerves.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood
 

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm

Lemon balm is known for its calming and soothing properties.

t is a stomachic, anti-spasmodic and carminative, so it is not only good for settling cramps of the digestive tract but also relieves the cramps of pre-menstrual tension. However as a nervine it also settles emotional upset and is an anti-depressant. So it is a great herb to aid women in the menstrual cycle.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep
 

Mistletoe

(Viscum alba loranthaceae)

Mistletoe is a nervine. It will calm, soothe and tone the nervous system.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood
 

Mucuna / Kapikachhu

(Mucuna pruriens)
Mucuna pruriens

Renown as a mood enhancer and libido booster due to it's L-Dopa content. Kappikachhu beans have a wide range of unusual phyto chemicals and a nutritional profile similar to soy beans.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Nutrition, Energy
 

Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)

Passion flower's calming properties make it useful in dealing with depression if the route is anxiety. It is known as a tonic for the nervous system, a natural sedative and tranquiliser. It is an anti-spasmodic herb and has been used for treating seizures, hysteria, palpitations, panic attacks, excess sweating and trembling (as experienced in anxiety states), uterine pains, and aches and pains of all kinds.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep
 

Peppermint

(Mentha piperita - Peppermint, Mentha Arvensis - Mint)

Although best known as a digestive aid, peppermint is a nervine and is known for easing anxiety and tension. It it also a delicious tea in it's own right.

Good for... Anxiety
 

Reishi Mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum)

A fantastic herb with a wide range of benefits, the traditional use of Reishi has been as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to the stressors of life.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is indicated for treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and coughs.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep
 

Rhodiola Rosea

(Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola Rosea optimises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body, meaning reduced stress levels and fatigue as well as increased mental and physical performance.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Energy
 

Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Skullcap is known to calm nervous tension and anxiety, it acts as a natural tranquilizer. It is a tonic for the nervous system and can help both physically and psychologically.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep
 

Suma

(Pfaffia paniculata)
Suma

Suma (also known as Brazillian Ginseng) has a broad range of therapeutic applications and is believed to be a bit of a cure-all. It is an adaptogen sohelps the body tackle stress, it is also widely used to treat hormone imbalance.

Good for... Anxiety, Hormones
 

Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is a natural sedative and relaxant, it calms the nervous system and is perhaps one of the most useful relaxing nervines available to us. It is nature's tranquiliser and can promote sleep and relieve pain.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep
 

Vervain

(Verbena officinalis)

Vervain is a nervine, and is therefore known to be strengthening to the nervous system. It is useful in conditions of stress and nervous tension, and it has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It is also indicated for use in the treatment of depression and sadness.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep
 

Wild Lettuce

(Lactuca virosa)
Wild Lettuce

Wild lettuce is a natural sedative, it is very good for an over-excited nervous system. It is particually good for hyperactive children, and can be of considerable help with symptoms of over-excitement or inability to sleep. Wild lettuce is known as "lettuce opium" and is also helpful for adults who suffer from insomnia, restlessness, anxiety or neurosis.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep