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Four Herbs to Calm Anxiety | Guest Blog by Noor Najam

By Calvin Eaton @glutenfreechef5

Hello there! Feeling anxious lately? You would do well to know that anxiety does not only represent itself as a feeling or a state of mind, anxiety has negative impacts on your body as well.

For example, your heartbeat gets faster and you sometimes lose your appetite as well. There are so many other effects of anxiety that make you unproductive and totally take away your motivation to do anything. So, the very first thing anyone will recommend is taking your anxiety medication but so many of us have problems with anxiety medication, right? It’s addictive, has so many unknown chemicals and let’s not even get into the side effects!

So for people like you and me, who shy away from medication, fresh and healthy food also comes to the rescue! In this case, it is herbs:

Chamomile

My personal favorite herb of all is chamomile. It works wonders for relieving your anxiety and de-stressing you all over. Sometimes when I cannot sleep at night because I am too busy fretting over small things, a small cup of chamomile tea with honey is all I need to fix myself and get back on my feet.

I understand some people cannot stand tea, so there’s no need to worry; there are many other ways to take in chamomile. For example, you can take chamomile herb supplements with your food. Chamomile essential oil is also easily available in the market so you can just use it as massage oil or in a body scrub!

Kava-kava

Chamomile is for people who suffer from small bouts of anxiety from time to time. Kava-kava is much stronger than chamomile when it comes to relieving anxiety. There has been a lot of research on this drug and studies have shown it to dull the effects of anxiety greatly.

There is one problem though, kava is said to be quite dangerous to the liver. So we recommend you do not take its supplements often and never consume it with alcohol or if you have any liver problems at all.

Passionflower

Passionflower is another somewhat mild herb that is said to relieve anxiety in people. It is said to have the same effect as some anti-anxiety drugs like diazepam or oxazepam. It is supposed to work slower than the medication, though.

The difference is in the side effects. Passionflower may cause slight drowsiness to the user but it can be overcome easily while anti-anxiety drugs are usually addictive and may harm the nervous system as well.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm lies in the same category as passionflower and chamomile. It is said to have a fresh, lovely scent which helps in making you feel better as well. Lemon balm can also be taken as a supplement or consumed as a tea.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an Ayurveda herb that is being used in therapy for centuries now. In recent studies, it has also been found that ashwagandha supplements also improve the effects of anxiety in people. This herb also has minimal side effects and is quite safe for consumption.

About Noor

Noor Najam is a 22-year old student who loves to explore food delights and ever-growing new tastes of different regions. She likes to stay fit and make healthier food choices. She thinks she should have studied a culinary related bachelor’s degree instead of her current bachelors in Social Sciences. She regularly posts on https://pateeri.com/.

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