Nowadays, numerous people suffer from mental health issues, and 70 percent of the population in the United States take some kind of prescription drugs, and half of them use at least two different kinds.
Approximately 25 percent Americans suffer from some kind of mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression annually. According to Dr. Jennifer St. Sauver, that is the cause for the classification of antidepressants among the second most widely used prescription drugs in the United States.
Yet, most commonly prescribed antidepressants such as Benzodiazepines lead to various adverse effects, such as mood swings, hallucinations, and even thoughts of suicide.
Other side effects include slurred speech, memory issues, seizures, walking problems, difficulty in talking, yellowing of skin or eyes, and loss of coordination.
Therefore, you should consider using the following 10 herbs which naturally treat these issues, even better than drugs:
Despite being neuroprotective, rosemary is actually extremely delicious, and its smell and ingestion provide great benefits. It eases nervous tension and enhances the cognitive performance and memory. Rosemary essential oil can also be used to wean off anti-depressants and painkillers, like morphine.
A warm cup of chamomile tea makes it easier to sleep and manages anxiety attacks. Numerous studies have shown that this herb provides great antidepressant activity against a placebo, based on the Hamilton Depression Rating (HAM-D) questionnaires.
Chamomile includes the following active compounds which relax the body and mind via gradual decrease of blood pressure:
This flower has an exotic and sweet smell, and its tea has been long used to treat insomnia, seizures, anxiety, and hysteria. Scientists claim that it also increases the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
Passionflower provides a feeling of relaxation by decreasing the activity of some cells in the brain. You can use it to replace Oxazepam (Serax), and avoid side effects like inability to focus or other cognitive issues.
Lavender is an important part of aromatherapy, and it naturally treats depression of mild and moderate form, as well as nervous disorders. It stabilizes mood and helps in the case of neurological disorders. It can be used topically or internally. These are some options to use it:
- Add several drops into the bath
- Consume lavender tea
- Place a pouch of dried lavender flowers into the pillow case
- Lemon Balm
Lemon balm effectively treats anxiety and is of great help in the case of severe dementia. It is extremely easy to be grown and is much safer than drugs. Lemon balm enhances memory functions, attention, and provides calmness.
It is an important part of Ayurveda and has become famous due to its incredible effects in the treatments of agoraphobia, which is an anxiety due to large crowds and open spaces.
A 2012 study revealed that it greatly reduced the serum levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. You can use it in various forms, as well as through supplementation, but the tea offers most intense relaxation.
Rhodiola is a part of the traditional Chinese and Scandinavian stress-reducing medicine, and it supports joy and happiness while treating fatigue.
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the control of rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, shaking, nausea, dizziness, and this herb supports its activity. It also stimulates the production of serotonin, which is the hormone of happiness and relaxation.
The vanilla scent provides an incredible relaxation, and a study has shown that it reduced anxiety by up to 63 percent in comparison to the use of humidified air. This is the reason why it is often used in spa products, candles, and creams.
- St. John’s Wort
According to Dr. Klaus Linde, who is an experienced physician at Munich Technical University, the activity of this herb resembles the one of antidepressants like Prozac in terms of effectiveness, and it provides none or less harmful side effects. However, make sure you consult your doctor before you start using it, especially if you are taking birth control.
Valerian root efficiently treats insomnia, headaches, and anxiety. You can take it in the form of tea or pills. Yet, you should drink the tea or take the pill quickly, due to its strong smell. Next, take a teaspoon of maple syrup or molasses to alleviate the taste.
To sum it up, these herbs are extremely effective in treating various mental issues, especially in the case of depression and anxiety. However, their effects are temporary.
You should combine their use with a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, meditation, and counseling, in order to address the issue and manage to cure it.