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Best Natural Remedies for Anxiety
In today’s modern, fast-paced life, we live in a state of constant stress, and more and more people find themselves suffering from anxiety and high stress levels.
Anxiety comes in many forms. It can cause worry, unease, fear or panic and can interfere with your life, including your health, your job and your relationships.
It drains you out of energy, and people who deal with immense stress tend to resort to more coffee, sugar and other stimulants leading to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Relying on stimulants is like putting a band-aid on your symptoms and is not a healthy and sustainable method to help solve the problem and will exasperate it over time.
Eating a clean and well balanced diet rich in key nutrients like omega-3, B vitamins and magnesium while incorporating natural remedies for anxiety will help a lot and you will notice a difference in your mood, energy levels and sleeping patterns.
We have selected our best supplements for anxiety to try:
Ashwagandha (Withania sominifera) is one of the most popular herb boasting both mental and physical benefits. It is an all-encompassing and well-rounded adaptogen that has been used for medicinal purposes in Ayurvedic medicine. It balances and restores the body into normal state after chronic stress. Studies have concluded that ashwangandha significantly reduces symptoms of stress and anxiety. It works by increasing serotonin and GABA in the brain – the happy hormones – and lowering cortisol levels – the stress hormones.
Rhodiola Rosea also known as golden root, is an adaptogen that helps the body resist to stress and has been used to help treat anxiety, mental and physical fatigue. The roots of the plant have been chewed for centuries to take advantage of its fatigue-fighting and energy-boosting properties. It works by lowering cortisol levels – the stress hormone, while improving cognitive functions and boosting your mood.
California Poppy has wonderfully relaxing and calming properties. There have been a few small clinical and pharmacological studies carried out on the Californian poppy which have confirmed that the plant is useful as a sleep aid and to treat anxiety. It has also been found to be useful for relieving nervous tension. The herb has a complex action and exhibits anxyolitic (anti-anxiety), analgesic, spasmolytic (antispasmodic) and sleep-inducing properties and can be used for a variety of disorders, from anxiety and sleep disturbances to digestive system problems, nerve problems and pain management.
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnate) is used to help relax the body and treat anxiety and nervousness. It has sedative properties as well as anti-spasmodic. Preparations of passionflower leaves and fruit are commonly employed for the management and treatment of anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, hyperactivity.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a milder anti-anxiety herb of the mint family. Extracts, herbal infusions and various preparations are often recommended for inducing sleep and relieving stress and have a calming, rather than sedative effect. However, lemon balm has a mild action compared to other anti-anxiety herbs. Combining it with other anxyolitic plants such as valerian could increase its potency and benefits.
Wholefood Calmaid was formulated with a blend of nutrients shown to help support the nervous system. It contains Holy Basil also known as Tulsi, an adaptogen that enhances the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Added B vitamins which rejuvenate your energy metabolism at the cellular level, calcium and magnesium work in balance whilst Tryptophan helps bring balance to the body. It also includes essential amino acids that act as precursors to neurotransmitters in the brain that help regulate mood and the sleep wake cycle.
CBD Cannabidiol, is the active cannabinoids compound found in Marijuana. CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive effect that THC has and doesn’t make you “high”. Research has found that CBD oil reduces inflammation in the body and anxiety significantly. Our CBD contains Organic Sea Buckthorn oil, MCT oil and black cumin seed oil which increases absorption of CBD in the body.
Magnesium plays a huge role in the body, is involved in different functions of the body and act as a cofactor to over 300 enzymes including normal muscle and nerve function, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar control, normal energy production and healthy bone metabolism. It is a natural muscle and nervous system relaxer and a key mineral that helps release muscle tension and create calmness.
Valerian root (Valeriana officianalis) is a perennial herb with white, pink or lavender flowers – traditionally used for the relief of sleep disturbances and mild anxiety. Studies showed that it has sedative effects caused by chemical constituents that are known to lower anxiety and cause sedation.
Research on supplements showed promising results on anxiety, however, each herb affects individuals differently as they are natural products. What works for one may not work for another. For a more specified recommendation, be sure to check with an Ayurvedic doctor or herbal practitioner before adding anything new to your regimen.