Mental health issues nowadays affect more people than at any other time in history. Actually, around 70% of US citizens use prescription drugs. Almost 50% of them take at least two prescription drugs a day.

Every year about 25% of Americans report suffering from mental disorder like depression and anxiety. Dr. Jennifer Sauver states that this is why depression medications are the second most commonly used drugs in the US.

Unfortunately, most prescribed depression medications like Benzodiazepines can cause numerous harmful side effects.

They may cause mood swings, ranging from hallucinations to suicidal thoughts. Side effects may include difficulty walking, slurred speech, difficulty talking, yellowing of eyes or skin, memory issues, seizures or loss of coordination.

With all these dangerous side-effects, consider these natural remedies to treat anxiety before trying those drugs:

1. Passionflower

Passionflower has been used as tea to ease hysteria, anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Its benefits come from its sedative properties. Scientists claim that passionflower increases the levels of gamma aminobutyric acid in the brain.

This chemical helps you relax by reducing the activity of specific brain cells. You can use it instead of Oxazepam for treating symptoms without having negative impact on your focus and cognitive abilities.

2. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a traditional medicine that reduces stress used in China and Scandinavia. It can treat fatigue and improve the mood.

The sympathetic nervous system controls the rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, nausea, shaking and dizziness. And Rhodiola plant can help reduce the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

This plant stimulates the release of serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel relaxed and happy.

3. Lavender

Lavender is an amazing aromatherapy herb. It is a beneficial ingredient for treating moderate and mild depression and nervous disorders. But this herb does much more than that. Lavender’s neuroprotective properties help stabilize the mood and manage neurological disorders.

It is safe to apply lavender on the skin and digest it. There are various ways to use this herb:

• Add a couple of drops of lavender in your bath
• Drink lavender tea
• Put dry lavender flowers in your pillow case

4. Ashwagandha

This plant is used in ayurvedic medicine, and it has become very popular aid for agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is a fear from large crowds and open spaces.

A study conducted in 2012 found that Ashwagandha plant significantly reduced the serum levels of cortisol – the hormone of stress. You can consume it in various forms including as a supplement. But, you will be more relaxed if you drink ashwagandha tea.

5. Chamomile

If you have trouble sleeping, drink warm chamomile tea. This herb will also help you manage your anxiety attacks. Numerous studies found that chamomile has significant antidepressant properties.

Chamomile contains the following compounds that promote relaxation through a steady reduction of the blood pressure:

• Apigenin
• α-bisabolol
• Luteolin

6. Vanilla

Just the vanilla scan can make relax in an instant. A study found that vanilla scent can lower the level of anxiety by up to 63% in comparison to the humidified air.

So it’s not surprising that vanilla is so widely used in candles, spa products and creams.

7. Valerian

Valerian root can be consumed in various ways as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia and headaches. You can make valerian tea or take pills.

Because of its strong smell, consume a valerian pill or quickly drink valerian tea.

8. St. John’s Worth

You can purchase this herb from all healthy food stores. Actually, you can also grow it in your backyard.

Dr. Klaus Linde from the Munich University states that St. John’s Worth is similar to antidepressants regarding the effectiveness. But, the difference is that this plant does not have any unwanted side effects.

Since this herb can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs, consult your doctor or naturopath before using it. You also need to consult your doctor if you are taking contraceptives.

9. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm will ease your anxiety, and will also improve your quality of life even in patients that suffer from severe dementia.

This crop can be easily cultivated, so it is pretty cost-effective in comparison to drugs. It also is completely safe! Lemon balm will improve the attention, memory functions and will calm you down.

10. Rosemary

Rosemary is a delicious herb with neuroprotective properties. You can smell it or ingest it and it will help you in various ways. Rosemary boosts the memory and cognitive performance and eases the nervous tension.

Also, you can use rosemary essential oil to wean off anti depressants and painkillers.

Note: – Consult your naturopath or doctor before you self-medicate yourself. This is very important even when you are using natural remedies.

All these herbs are highly efficient in providing temporary treatment. But, you need to have a healthy lifestyle, get counseling, do regular exercise and meditate in order to effectively manage your anxiety.