Stress and anxiety cause physiological responses designed to help us deal with perceived threat or danger. The body readies itself to either fight or flee, and this causes physical as well as emotional tension.
When you’re experiencing the physical symptoms of anxiety—nervous tension, upset stomach, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, and headaches, to name a few—there are herbs and vitamins that can help reduce these symptoms and lessen mild to moderate anxiety. Whether you’re looking for a good way to relax at the end of a long day or have been dealing with long-term life stress and need a little relief, these herbs and vitamins just might do the trick:
Valerian Root ( Valerina Officinalis)
Valerian Root works as a mild sedative. Research has shown that Valerian Root helps to calm the nerves, reduce the effects of anxiety, and provide better control of the fight-or-flight response to stress. It is also used as a natural sleep aid, alleviating sleep difficulty due to anxiety.
Passion Flower ( Passiflora Incarnata)
Passion flower is a natural sedative and anxiolytic. This means that it works to calm the nerves and soothe tension caused by stress and anxiety. It takes action in the Central Nervous System (CNS), reducing the physical symptoms of anxiety and greatly improving mood.
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
Chamomile is best known for calming anxious and hyperactive children, and it is often used in teas designed to reduce sleep difficulty. This popular herb encourages relaxation and soothes nervous tension. It can also alleviate some of the physical side effects of long-term anxiety such as upset stomach, digestive problems, and restlessness.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon balm can help to reduce heart palpitations, lower blood pressure, and alleviate headaches. It can also reduce feelings of nervous tension and anxiety-related intestinal problems, nausea, and muscle spasms.
Calcium and Magnesium
These minerals are necessary for the relaxation response, which is the body’s way to fight stress and anxiety.
Vitamin B Complex
The B-Vitamin Family is a group of vitamins that all help with energy level and mood balance. They strengthen the body against stress and support healthy nervous system function, aiding in the fight against both anxiety and depression.
An essential mineral, which means that the body cannot produce it and it must be replenished daily through nutritional sources. It has been found to promote proper function of the nervous system and induce a state of calm.
Supplementing a healthy diet with these herbs and vitamins, getting plenty of rest, cutting back on stimulants such as caffeine, participating in regular physical activity, and changing your perspective through cognitive-behavioral therapy or another form of therapy can help alleviate your mild to moderate anxiety symptoms without prescription medication. Speak with your healthcare provider before beginning use of any herbal supplement. If you plan on using these herbs and vitamins in conjunction with prescription medication or you experience any negative side effects, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider. Remember, though, whatever path you choose toward anxiety treatment—there is help.