There are many variables to consider when it comes to anxiety and depression. Aside from feelings of being totally helpless both mentally and physically, other disruptions of happiness include feelings of worry, sadness, mental heaviness, and emptiness inside.
Anxiety and depression has been known to affect people who have been diagnosed with such diseases as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and certain phobias, just to name a few. In fact, anxiety has moved up on the charts of common mental illnesses, bypassing depression. It is estimated that over 15 percent of teens and 45 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, with only about one third receiving treatment.
From non medications to physical healing methods such as Yoga, there are many natural remedies that can be used to ease the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.
Here are 5 herbal cures that can take the edge off of jittery, unhappy feelings to increase relaxation and calmness:
This tea has an amino acid called L-theanine that has been found to decrease symptoms of anxiety. You’ll have to drink several cups of this tea for it to be effective, or you can take at least 200 milligrams in supplement form.
Known to be effective for treating mild depression, but not likely to benefit a major form of depression. Up to 1800 milligrams can be taken within a 24 hour period, but should not be taken with an antidepressant.
Helps to heal anxiety and issues with sleeplessness. This herb is effective, but it doesn’t take effect quickly. It has been known to improve sleep in children who suffer from insomnia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This herb does have a side effect of headaches.
Also found in beer, this herb is often used with Valerian. It is used to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. It can be used in the form of a tincture or extract for best results.
Often combined with herbs such as chamomile and hops for a calming effect, lemon balm is great for relieving anxiety and any disorder associated with stress. It can be taken in the form of tea, a tincture, or a capsule.
Although these herbs are great remedies for easing symptoms of depression and anxiety, there are also certain natural lifestyle changes that you can make to help with the process of healing.
Eating healthier is one of those changes, if you’re not already doing so. Foods with omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna) can help heal depression. You also want to have plenty of folic acid foods (spinach, citrus fruits, beans) to go along with this.
Getting plenty of exercise is another change that you can make. Regular exercise can help increase chemicals called endorphins, to change you mood and make you feel good.
Trying any of these remedies can be beneficial in treating anxiety and depression. However, if you are taking prescribed medications, it is always advised to see a physician before taking herbs.