Top 3 Herbs for Depression and Anxiety

Although, neither simple nor quick, treatment with herbs for depression and anxiety, along with ones own will, has a good track record.

Herbs for depression and anxiety

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I have searched the most effective herbal remedies for depression and anxiety, and here are my Top 3 herbs (I even convinced my father to try them for his anxiety panic attacks):

#1 Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) has a nice smell and is used both in the kitchen, as well as in cosmetics and perfumes.

Lavender has calming properties and is one of the most used herbs for depression and anxiety, being a good tonic for the nervous system.

For mild cases of depression and anxiety take lavender tincture - 1 teaspoon of tincture in half a glass of water, 3-4 times per day, for 3 months minimum.

Use volatile lavender oil for severe depression and anxiety attacks. Take 2 drops of essential oil mixed with little honey, 3 times daily on an empty stomach.

Studies done so far showed that some people have no special reaction to the volatile oil, while others show a clear improvement of the inner state, a reduced psychic sensitivity (fears and anxiety states), and a returning desire for living.

#2 Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca) is one plant known for its tonic effect on the whole body.

It has vitamins A, C and E, tannins, flavonoids, bitter glycosides, phenolic acids and Leonurine (an alkaloid that acts as a vasodilator and cardiotonic, positively influencing the blood circulation).

Many people suffering from anxiety, often describe "a claw around the heart". For these symptoms, Motherwort is an excellent remedy. It is a heart herb par excellence, as evidenced by it's scientific name.

It acts as an general antispasmodic (suppresses muscle spasms), especially effective for heart rhythm disorders, and is a nervous sedative and hypnotic.

Besides the major recommendation in heart diseases of nervous origin, Motherwort is indicated in depression states, anxiety and insomnia.

Drink 2 cups of infusion daily (2 teaspoons of herb to 1 cup boiling water), or 3-5 tablespoons of concentrated infusion daily (3 tablespoons of herb to 1 cup boiling water).

For longer treatment period take Motherwort tincture (20-40 drops, 3 times daily). The effects should appear after 1-2 weeks.

#3 Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) is one of the herbs for depression and anxiety due to its calming properties and because it reduces the states of fear.

It ensures a better sleep and acts as a good antidepressant.

The plant's extract is used in various nervous system diseases, accompanied by increased excitability, insomnia and headache.

Be careful tough not to take products containing extracts of passionflower with sedatives, except under medical supervision.

Although it is a herb frequently used for anxiety and depression, many of those who were recommended Passiflora, when reading the possible adverse effects of the plant, are faced with the dilemma "should I use it or not".

Precautions: There were reported minimal side effects of products containing passionflower extracts: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, heart rate disorders. Adverse reactions vary from person to person. Generally these occur if you exceed the recommended dose.

Passion flower safety for pregnant women, children, people with kidneys or liver damage hasn't been verified enough.

These herbs for depression and anxiety alone can not make you the person you were before having crisis. You will have to make some lifestyle changes, have a healthy diet, do exercise and regain your optimism ... it's not easy but worth it.

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