Anti Anxiety Herbs

Anti anxiety herbs are natural alternatives to anti-stress or anxiety drugs. Herbs for anxiety promote a relaxed effect on your mind and body and help you cope with anxiety.

With many anti-anxiety medication in vogue you can get caught in the clutches of these drugs without knowing a way out.

Here we discuss some of the most of the common herbs for anxiety and how you can use then today to reduce anxiety.

Whether you want to use valerian, passion flower, scullcap and many other herbs to reduce anxiety, here you get herbal recipes and teas to use and learn more about herbs for anxiety.

If you don't want to fuel an addiction to anxiety-reducing drugs and the host of side-effects that come with them.

Anti anxiety herbs may be beneficial for you.

Here we provide some of the some of the common anti-anxiety herbs and associated recipes for how you can use them in your daily life.

Some of these include:

  • Valerian which is often used at in bedtime formulas and as sleep pillows
  • Passion Flower, also known as Maypop promotes relaxation but has not been evaluated by the FDA as of writing
  • Scullcap which relaxes the mind and body
  • Lemon Balm is relaxing and uplifting to the mind
  • Chamomile is one of the most popular herbal tea blends in the world that can be used in skin care lotions and as a relaxing and soothing bath remedy
  • Kava and anxiety relief
  • St John's Wort.

Here we discuss some of the most commonly used herbs for anxiety and how you can use them to reduce anxiety.

Common herbs for anxiety

Anti anxiety herbs is one way to cope with anxiety. But as with any therapy, it is important to work with your local health professional to find the right anti anxiety herbs for you.

Here are some common anti anxiety herbs and ways that you can use them in teas and baths:

Valerian tea and bath to reduce anxiety

Exactly how valerian work is not known however chemicals appear to activate the GABA which promote a calming effect.

Derived from the plant Valeriana officinalis Valerian appears to relax muscles and improve sleep.

Valerian has been used for mild to moderate anxiety.

Valerian can be consumed in a capsule, liquid extract, or in tea.

Here is a recipe for hot and cold valerian tea and also a valerian bath.

If you are interest in valerian to reduce anxiety you see more valerian products here

Passionflower tea for relaxation

Native Americans have used Passionflower as a sedative and for its anti anxiety effects.

As far as I am aware, no human studies have used passionflower, although animal studies show that depending on the doses, passionflower can reduce anxiety and induce sleepiness.

Here is a recipe for Passionflower tea.

If you are interested in Passionflower for relaxation here are some recommended passionflower productions to reduce anxiety and induce sleepiness.

Scullcap tea for relaxation

Scullcap relaxes the central nervous system and is considered effective to reduce nervous tension.

Try this recipe for scullcap tea.

Scullcap herbs can be purchased at Frontier Herbs.

Hot chamomile tea

Chamomile has been used throughout history by the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans.

Chamomile has sedative and anti-anxiety effects and the US Food and Drug Administration has put it on the "generally regards as safe" list.

Here is a chamomile tea recipe and also a comforting smoothie that a reader sent in.

When buying chamomile try to ensure that you are getting chamomile flowers rather than chamomile leaves which is an inexpensive filler and of lesser quality.

This website provides recommended chamomile products.


Relaxation occurs both physically and mentally and this is influenced in a large part by the nervous system.

Lavender flowers and lavender oils calm the nervous system and also increase the brains activity associated with relaxation.

Lavender has been known to reduce fear and to promote a deeper and more peaceful sleep.

Here are some uses for lavender flowers:

This website provides recommended lavender herb products.

Kava for anxiety relief

This is a plant that is native to the South Pacific Islands and has been used to promote relaxation.

Unlike other sedatives, it is said that Kava produces a relaxed but mentally alert state.

Well used in the United States, small doses of Kava tend to increase well-being, while larger doses lead to muscle relaxation and drowsiness.

St John’s Wart for stress anxiety relief

St John’s Wart is a mild sedative which affects the nervous system.

Recommended by Hippocrates two thousand years ago, it has long been used for treatment of depression, reducing tension, and ameliorating the signs of stress.

Gotu Kola

Long used in India, this herb has a relaxing effect and rejuvenates the nervous system.

Oats (Avena sativa)

If you feel frazzled then oats could be beneficial for your nervous system.

Oats are nice in tea and 1-2 teaspoons in a cup of hot water are the typical dosages.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)

If your symptoms of stress or anxiety include a rapidly beating heart then you may find motherwort is useful.

This tonic for the cardiovascular system and specifically for people who suffer from anxiety resulting from mitro valve relapse (please check with your cardiologist or doctor before consuming).

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Passion Flower tea 
Passion flower promotes relaxation. Passion flower tea can is prepared by combing pouring 8 oz. boiling water with 1-2 teaspoons of passionflower. …

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If you are looking for a way to relax after a stressful day then a lavender bath may be just for you. Place 1 cup of flowers in a muslin bag or cloth …

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Lavender tea relaxes the body and calms the mind. Here is a recipe I use for lavender tea: Boil one cup of hot water. Pour the hot water over …

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Chamomile tea is probably one of the most popular herbal teas in the world. Hot chamomile tea One cup of boiling water to be poured over one teaspoon …

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Russian tea, one of our favorite drinks when we were kids growing up in North Carolina, provided the inspiration for this comforting smoothie. The spicy …

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To prepare scullcap tea boil and pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of scullcap. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and serve immediately. …

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I have found that Valerian baths are also a good way to relax and reduce stress. Apart from recipes for valerian teas , this is another way to relax …

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