Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Natural Remedies For Anxiety

Anxiety disorder is a serious illness. In worst case situations, doctors have no other choice but to put patients under medication. 

However, there are still natural ways by which one can recover from anxiety – and it is highly advisable for it to be treated as early as possible. It’s always better to be cured by means that do not incorporate drugs. 

Having to resort to medication may lead to unwanted side effects that could only make day to day living less comfortable and efficient. There are various herbs around the world that have been found to heal or ease management of anxiety. 

Trying these gifts of nature first may even prove to be more effective in relieving patients of their problems.

Kava Plant

This may be the most effective herbal cure for moderate to severe anxiety disorder. It is known to effectively alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia. 

It is vital to note that you should talk to your doctor before using this remedy. There have been rare accounts of serious liver damage brought about by using Kava. 

It is also important to take into consideration a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) which explains that the liver injuries may have been caused by improper and toxic formulations. This happens when the whole Kava plant is used instead of only the root; or when acetone/ethanol is used in extraction of active ingredients instead of clean water.


Passionflower is quite similar to the Kava plant with the exception of having no side effects. Its potency is only a bit weaker as it’s mostly used for mild to moderate levels of anxiety. 

It is also considered to be a sedative and is found to be as effective as actual anti-anxiety drugs. This herb helps in relaxing nerves and muscles, as well as relieves insomnia, mood swings and headaches.


When dealing with mild anxiety, Chamomile is the best cure. Also a sedative, it is used in calming down the nervous and digestive system of the body. It helps increase appetite, clear headaches; and improves lung and liver health as well. Chamomile (in tea form) is safe for patients of an early age as well.

Taking Chamomile should be avoided by those allergic to plants in the daisy family, those with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may induce bleeding, and by pregnant or nursing mothers.


Hops are the flowers of a vine that grows all over Asia, Europe and North America. These flowers are known to have many uses. It is useful in reducing fever. Taking it helps people in managing insomnia, stress and headaches. It also relieves one from indigestion and nervousness.

Although unrelated to anxiety, it may be useful to know that it helps lower uric acid levels, treat infection, skin diseases and rheumatism as well.

Best of all, hops are very safe and are acknowledged to have no drug-related side effects. While being effective in helping people sleep, hops don’t cause drowsiness the next day either.
These are only a few of the many herbal options Mother Earth provides to help us deal with anxiety.

While prescription medicine may be more potent, using natural means grants us peace of mind that what we are absorbing into our bodies are a bit safer (not to mention much cheaper!) Side effects (should there even be some) are much less than the addictive properties of most modern anxiety drugs.


Photo credits:

" Kava" by Verity/Flickr
" Hops" by Raymond Barlow/Flickr

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog....I've been struggling as a parent of a child with Anxiety disorders. His social phobia became extreme when he entered middle school last year. He has been in therapy for a year with little progress and just began medication. I'm looking forward to following and learning all that I can to help my son!!!