It may come as a surprise to you, but antidepressants are among the two most frequently prescribed drugs in America. This is because a number of people are affected with mental problems, and the number is increasing. Actually, about 25 % of Americans have mental issues.
Truth be told, about 70% of Americans take at least one prescribed drug, and 50 % take more than one. 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.
Lavender is a natural remedy for treating moderate and mild form of nervous disorder and depression. It can be used as part of an aromatherapy as well. It has neuroprotective properties which stabilize the mood and help with neurological disorder.
Lavender can be applied on the skin, and also it can be used like this:
- Consume it as tea
- Add some lavender oil in your bath
- Put some dried lavender in your pillow case
This is an exotic flower with sweet scent. It has been used for insomnia, hysteria, seizures and anxiety for quite some time. It has sedative properties and according to a number of experts it increases the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain. This chemical reduces the activity of particular brain parts and make you feel more relaxed.
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.
Ashwagandha is part of Ayurvedic medicine and it is a popular treatment for agoraphobia, which is an anxiety caused by large crowds or open spaces.
According to a study from 2012, it can efficiently reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone. It is for the best to use this herb as a tea.
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.
Chamomile tea is going to help you sleep better. It will also help you manage stress. A number of studies have shown that chamomile is excellent for treating depression. It contains Luteolin, apigenin and α-bisabolol, all of which slowly reduce blood pressure, thus help in relaxation.
One study showed that vanilla scent can reduce anxiety by up to 63%. This is probably the reason it is used in so many spa products, creams and candles.
This plant can be easily purchased from most health food stores, but it can even be grown at home. This herbs’ antidepressant effects are similar with those of Prozac. However, the herb comes without side effects.
Consult with a naturopath or a doctor prior to taking this herb, especially if you are taking birth control pills.
Apart from easing anxiety, this herb will also improve your life. Moreover, even patients with severe dementia can reap the benefits of this herb. It can also be used for improving memory function, attention and calmness.
Rosemary is both delicious and neuroprotective. It has a number of health benefits, including speeding up cognitive performance and memory and easing nervous tension.
This herb can be inhaled or ingested. Moreover, it can be used as a replacement for anti-depressants and pain killers.