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Anxiety Relief Through Natural Herbal Remedies

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress in life. Many people experience chronic anxiousness, heightened tension and unfocused worry for little or no apparent reason an anxiety disorder, with physical symptoms that include accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling, headaches, muscle aches and tension. Sudden and severe on-set of these symptoms is indicative of a panic attack. Panic attacks are very frightening to experience and send many to an emergency room thinking they are having a heart attack.

Natural herbal remedies for anxiety have existed in ancient tribes and cultures for thousands of years. They made teas and tinctures from plants and flowers to soothe nerves, calm stress, promote feelings of well-being and induce sleep. Today these herbs are available through health food suppliers and retail distributors of herbal supplements.

Certain herbs act to increase the activity of the brain’s neurotransmitters, particularly one called gamma amiobutyric acid (GABA) which induces a calming, soothing effect. The most universally used herbs for the treatment of anxiety are Valerian and passion flower, often combined with i-theamine, an amino acid commonly found in leaves of tea and a specific mushroom.

Valerian is a perennial native to parts of Asia and most of Europe. The extract is effective against anxiety-induced insomnia, tension and nervousness. The herb passion flower works effectively as an antidepressant. Caution is needed when using it, however, as it enhances the effects of sedatives.

Other herbal remedies for anxiety are teas from catnip, fennel, chamomile, peppermint and St. John’s wart. Tinctures made of kava kava minimize anxiousness. Hops relaxes the nervous system. Motherwort, lemon balm, lavendar and ginseng have calming effects. Herbal aromatherapy is also used, particularly using the scents of lemon, lavendar, cedar wood, sandalwood, sweet marjoram and patchouli.

In addition to herbal remedies, people with severe anxiety need to learn how to overcome panic attacks through controlled breathing exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy. These holistic practices will help the body and mind deal with the physical symptoms resulting from anxiety.