Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
Instead of using synthetic prescription drugs and chemical substances, you may want to consider using natural remedies or herbs, used for thousands of years in alternative health for their therapeutic properties.
Here is a list of 5 plants that can help you overcome your stress and anxiety and regain a positive mindset and vitality:
Rosemary, a perennial herb and a member of the mint family that is native to the Mediterranean region.
As well as improving air quality, it’s also said to improve memory function, reduce stress and banish anxiety.
Selenium, potassium, calcium, and trace amounts of B-vitamins in hawthorn berries induce calming effects to people who are depressed, anxious or stressed.
Hawthorn has been used since ancient times by the Greeks doctors as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Europe, it is recommended to treat heart disorders, minor anxiety disorders and insomnia that can result from it.
The synergy of its various components allows fighting effectively and globally against states of nervousness, irritability and anxiety – without adverse side effects (unlike synthetic drugs).
3. German Chamomile
The Matricaria or German chamomile is not to be confused with the Roman Chamomile ( though most commonly used), although they have substantially the same properties.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the medicinal use of chamomile to treat dyspepsia (including spasms and inflammation of the digestive tract), but also to relieve nervous restlessness and insomnia risks that it provokes.
Jasmine, a shrub found outdoors, can also thrive indoors. Its fragrance is not only sweet to our senses, it’s proven to promote a better night’s sleep.
When surrounded by jasmine, it’s likely you’ll feel less anxious and more at peace, which results in waking up more alert.
Sleep plays an important role in our physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re lacking in sleep, you may find you have trouble making decisions, controlling your emotions, solving problems and coping with change.
Lavender comes from the mint family and is most commonly used as an essential oil.
Asides from it beautiful scent, it’s proven to lower stress and anxiety levels. It also improves sleep, lowers heart rate and calms agitated babies.