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.
The issue with these prescription drugs is that they come with a number of side effects, including difficulty walking, slurred speech, memory problems, loss of coordination, yellowing of eyes and skin and even seizures.
However, you can avoid all of these side effects by using natural remedies. In this article, read about 10 natural herbs which will help you fight mental problems.
This herb is a part of aromatherapy. It is used in natural healing for treating nervous disorders and depression of mild or moderate form. But lavender is much more than that. Its neuroprotective properties are helpful in making your mood stable and also manage your neurological disorders.
You can safely ingest lavender and use it on your skin. So there are many ways to use it:
– Drink lavender tea
– Add few drops into your bath
– Put a pouch of dried lavender flowers into the pillow case
Ashwagandha is part of the ayurvedic medicine, and has become popular for helping with agoraphobia. It is a kind of anxiety caused by open spaces and large crowds.
There is a study from 2012 that showed that Ashwagandha helped in significantly reducing serum levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. You can take it in different forms including as a supplement. However, it makes you feel more relaxed when taken as a tea.
This plant is used in Scandinavia and China for reducing stress. It helps in case of fatigue and improves the mood. This herb works by slowing down the sympathetic nervous system activity which is responsible for controlling dizziness, shaking, nausea, shortness of breath ad rapid heartbeat. It promotes serotonin as well, which is the hormone that makes you relaxed and happy.
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:
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.
This exotic flower has a wonderful, sweet smell, and acts as a sedative. It has been traditionally used in case of hysteria, insomnia, seizures, and anxiety. According to scientists, it elevates the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a chemical in our brain.
This chemical promotes relaxation, as it reduces the activity of certain cells in the brain. This efficient herb is as effective as oxazepam (Serax) in the treatments of mental disorders, but it has fewer side effects on the cognitive ability and focus.
Side effects: This plant is also regarded as safe when taken by mouth in small amounts. However, it may sometimes cause side- effects like inflamed blood vessels, dizziness, vomiting, altered consciousness, confusion, nausea, irregular muscle action, a rapid heart rate, abnormal heart rhythm.
This root is beneficial for treating anxiety disorders, insomnia and headaches. It can be consumed as tea or as a pill. Since its smell is strong, it is for the best to consume it very quickly.
The very scent of vanilla can make you feel relaxed almost at once. According to a study, vanilla-like scents helped in lowering anxiety by up to 63 percent compared to the use of humidified air.
No surprise why vanilla is so widely used in creams, candles and even spa products.
9. St. John’s Wort
You can find St. John’s Wort at health food stores. In fact, you may even grow it in the backyard.
Dr. Klaus Linde (Physician at Munich Technical University) claims that this herb is similar to antidepressants such as Prozac in terms of effectiveness. However, the side effects, if any, are far less harmful.
Because St. John’s Wort is likely to get affected by prescription medication, make sure you have consulted your naturopath or doctor before using. You should especially consult the doctor if you are taking birth control.
10. 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.