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The best herbal medicines for anxiety and depression

Updated on August 19, 2014

Natural remedies

Nature has been the only source of health for our ancestors for hundred of years. They had their way of easing physical and psychological pain without ingesting any human made chemical compounds. Nature is the right way to heal your body and your soul. There are numerous herbs and vegetables that people should regularly use but our modern way of life has been taking over so people are more and more into fast food and pharmaceutical drugs that don't do us any good. This is the page where you can inform yourself about remedies from nature that will heal your body and soul on a natural way.


Anxiety leads to unnatural state of constant stress and restlessness.

A sense of disturbance and panic overtakes you.

You think you are being threatened by inevitable disaster, which causes the occurrence of abnormal fears.

Mind becomes overloaded, leading to tremor, increased palpitations, dizziness, sweating and breathlessness.

Fear of humiliation, embarrassment, death or any other negative event that seem beyond your control depletes your energy and reduces power.

You become so insecure that you repeat the same actions over and over again such as checking if you have locked the door, if the gas is leaking or if you turned off the light. Depression, negativity and fear becomes the dominant emotion. You are no longer able to function normally at work and at home. You start to think there is no escape from this vicious circle. However, there are plants that can help you. Keep on reading :)


We are listing you the top 5 natural remedies for easing your anxiety and depression

1. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra lat.)

This plant has great medicinal value, it is useful for many ailments.

It contains a compound related to cortisol, which helps the body to more easily cope with anxiety and stress.

Furthermore, it normalizes the function of the adrenal gland, calms the mind and promotes rational thinking.

Grind a piece of licorice root and put it in a pan with boiling water. Boil half a minute. After twenty minutes, strain the tea and add a teaspoon of honey or agave syrup. Drink tea three times a day. Or you can also buy licorice root tea bags for a reasonable price online. Check out below :)

2. Passionflower (Passiflora lat.)

This plant is known for its sedative effect. It contains alkaloids and glycosides that have a soothing and relaxing effect.

Passionflower enhances the nervous system, promotes restful sleep and effectively relieves stress and anxiety.

Take one teaspoon of dried flower and soak it in a glass of water half an hour. Strain it and drink three cups of the beverage a day.

3. Kava Kava (Piper methysticum lat.)

The effect of this plant Westerners have discovered in 1768. thanks to the testimony of a sailor and explorer James Cook about the plant that Pacific natives take to become more relaxed, happier and more open.

The best-known effect of Kava Kava is soothing the central nervous system without disrupting mental abilities.

This plant removes anxiety, returns a feeling of self-confidence and provides a solid sleep. Take one capsule of Kava Kava extract every night before bed.

When you wake up in the morning, all your worries and problems will disappear, and your mind will be calm and clear.

4. Lavender (Lavandula lat.)

This sweet smelling herb has great medicinal value.

For about 2500 years, this bushy plant originating from Greek islands is used to treat internal and external bodily ailments.

Thanks to the beneficial soothing properties, it has a great effect on the psyche, as well as conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Add one teaspoon of dried lavender in 2-3 deciliters of boiling water and let it sit for fifteen minutes. After that, strain the tea. Drink three cups of tea a day.

5. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum lat.)

Last on this list but our favourite and personaly most efficient herb - St. John's Wort. This herb has been used since ancient times to remove the feeling of unrest and treatment of depressive disorders.

It is rich with substances such as hypericin, hyperforin and flavonoids that stimulate the production of serotonin. It improves mood, reduces stress and gives the body fresh energy.

Take 300 mg of St. John's Wort in a capsule form three times a day. When you start to feel better, reduce the dose and eventually completely stop taking the capsules.

St. john's wort is a very powerful herb. It can ease your depression and anxiety, and set you free from all the negative thoughts. This product, that I myself have used, is something I would recommend to anyone dealing with negative thoughts, stress and everything that goes with it. Improve your mood in a natural way. This product also has many positive reviews on Amazon as you can see by clicking on it. It really works wonders on a persons mood. Take St. John's Wort in a capsule form every day. When you start to feel better, reduce the dose and eventually completely stop taking the capsules.

Have you ever used any of these herbs and if yes, which one did you like the most?

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      monika64 3 years ago

      @csimion70: Thank you for your input on the topic :)

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      csimion70 3 years ago

      Herb St. John's wort is best known as a remedy against mild to moderate depression.

        Tea made from combinations of wild oats, verbena and ginseng may have a beneficial effect.

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      monika64 3 years ago

      @takkhisa: You are right, thank you for your advice :) I will find some nice photos that are free to use and put them up :)

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo! Your very first published sounds to me good but you still can improve it by adding few pictures of Passionflower or Lavender. Remember readers like to see photos! Wish you good luck. :)

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      monika64 3 years ago

      @DavidMoses1986: Herbal medicines are the best medicines :)

      Thank you :)

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      DavidMoses1986 3 years ago

      This is the first time I'm hearing about herbal medicines, nice info, great lens :)

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      monika64 3 years ago

      @james25882: thank you,

      yes these herbs are definitely worth a try :)

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      james25882 3 years ago

      great Lens, very useful, I shall try some of these.

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      alec-blanc-5 3 years ago

      Yeah, i agree about the st.john's wort, improved my mood for sure. Haven't tried that other herbs