If you’ve been subscribed any kind of medication or SSRIs for bouts of depression, anxiety or overall stress, we highly recommend finding more natural options, as long-term medication use can have damaging effects. There are many options to look at. Here we give the top 5 herbs that we recommend along with our supplement, New Mood, that we carry at the studio which combines most of the herbs we list below.
Ashwagandha is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine that is known to protect the nervous system and relieve anxiety. Studies have confirmed not only its anxiety-fighting properties, but also that it is a powerful immune-system booster that may even have anti-aging effects.
2. Lemon Balm Leaf Extract
Lemon balm is a perennial herb in the mint family native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions. Studies have shown lemon balm to be helpful to the body in maintaining positive mood.
3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), is another herb that has been used in Ayurveda for hundreds of years which has been used to treat anxiety and cognitive function. Brahmi improves impulse transmission between nerve cells in the brain, and studies that have shown that it raises IQ and improves concentration. Brahmi has also shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain, leading to relaxation and reduced anxiety.
Valerian root hails from the same botanical family as chamomile, another anti-anxiety herb, and is native to many regions of the world. In addition to anxiety, valerian is commonly used as a natural sleep aid. It has an exceptional safety record, with virtually no side effects beyond drowsiness.
The term Chamomile actually refers to a range of different daisy-like plants, which are a member of the Asteraceae family. There are many different species of chamomile, the two most commonly being German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). They have been used since Ancient times for their calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and each offer their own additional health benefits. We recommend winding down your night with a hot-steeped Chamomile tea.