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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

By KayLee Chie Kuehl 

Although anxiety medications have their benefits, they're not for everyone. Certain popular medications, such as benzodiazepines and beta-blockers, are only able to provide short-term anxiety relief and are coupled with a number of side effects. Most who struggle with anxiety can attest to its unfortunate longevity. That's why some turn toward natural remedies. Herbal treatments, for example, offer both a natural and long-term solution to anxiety. Additionally, herbs can be prepared in a variety of ways, truly emphasizing its appeal to individual preference. Here are a few popular and effective herbs used to treat anxiety. 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD comes from cannabis plants. Although confirmation has not been approved by the FDA, recent studies have discovered that CBD can possibly reduce symptoms of anxiety by inducing a calming effect. Reports support CBD as treatment for the majority of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive-disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A research study conducted in 2019 showed over 80 percent of people's anxiety improved after taking CBD. However, it should be noted that if combined with certain levels of THC, CBD may actually raise anxiety levels. The herb comes in a variety of forms, including liquid, powder, and gummies. 

Chamomile 

Similar to daisies, chamomile originates in Europe and West Asia. It's a beautiful herb that's been used as a natural remedy for centuries to treat a diverse amount of ailments. In 2016, a study proved chamomile can reduce moderate to severe symptoms of a general anxiety disorder. It's often found in teas, but can also be used as an external cosmetic in lotions, creams, and oils. 

Lavender 

Lavender is one of the most popular natural remedies for anxiety! It's thought to calm the part of the brain that controls emotions, therefore, soothing anxiety symptoms. Like chamomile, lavender is often used in tea. In addition, the herb can be found in oils and moisturizers. Treatment methods involving lavender include adding it to recipes, massages, and baths.

Honorable Mention: Magnesium 

Magnesium may not be an herb, but it's extremely beneficial in soothing anxiety symptoms. According to recent studies, magnesium might be useful for improving brain function and stress reduction. Magnesium can be taken in supplement form or as a powder, however a number of foods such as  spinach, banana, watermelon seeds, peanuts, and brown rice, carry it as well. 

Alleviating anxiety is often a trying task. Whether you're switching medications or changing out your herbs, finding the solution that's right for you can be exhausting and discouraging. But once you've found what works for you, there's no doubt the state of your well-being will improve! 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baton Rouge, La.

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