The current lifestyle has made the anxiety and stresses part and parcel of our life. If not managed well, it can create havoc with our lives and even debilitate them. While prescription medicines are available for anxiety disorders, natural herbs can significantly aid in alleviating stress and anxiety for deep relief.  

Here, we list out a few research-backed natural herbs that are revered for their anxiety-relieving properties. Read on to know more about them! 

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) 

A powerful rejuvenating herb, Ashwagandha is a potent adaptogen herb. It has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-stress properties for centuries. Being an adaptogen influences the systems and hormones inside the body regulating stress. Various studies indicate that it lowers the stress hormone cortisol and other neurotransmitters to reduce stress levels.  

  1. Chamomile ( Matricaria recutita) 

The chamomile herb looks almost like a daisy flower. It has been used for ages by the Greeks and Romans as a caffeine-free herbal tea to promote a relaxing and calming effect and reduce anxiety. The Roman and German chamomile types are most abundantly used as medicines and in forms like tea, extract tablets, and skin cream.  

Chamomile has plenty of phenolics like flavonoids, phenolic acids, quinines, etc., which induce a calming effect. A 2017 study trial indicated that consuming about 1,500 mg of pharmaceutical extract per day for 8 weeks reduced the anxiety scores significantly and increased overall well-being in participants suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).  

  1. Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) 

A renowned anxiolytic herb, kava kava or just kava, is native to the Pacific Islands and rich in sedative and non-sedative compounds attributed to its anti-anxiety properties. A 2018 review of about 12 studies indicated that Kava could effectively remedy generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, more evidence and research are required as Kava also shows a possible connection to liver problems.  

  1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 

A flowering plant of the mint family, lavender is undoubtedly one of the most popular aromatherapeutic herbs used to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and overall well-being. It is popularly used as flower, tea leaves, and oil (for aromatherapy and massage) to obtain relief. According to a 2017 review, two of its leading terpenes, linalool, and linalyl acetate, may be responsible for its calming effect on the brain’s chemical receptors.  

Studies indicate that using about 80 to 160 mg of lavender as aromatherapy or oral consumption every day might be highly effective in treating short-term anxiety. The effect of lavender on long-term anxiety and concrete medical evidence still needs to be established. Nevertheless, its calming properties have been revered by many.  

  1. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 

Yet another popular herb to treat anxiety, mood disorders, and depression is lemon balm. It has been used medically for more than 2000 years. A double-blind placebo-controlled study indicated that taking about 600 mg of its extract increased calmness, alertness, and mood upliftment. 

The herb also manifests its effectivity when combined with other calming herbs like lavender, chamomile, etc. You can use it to seek relief from mild to moderate anxiety and depression.  

  1. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 

Native to Europe and Asia, the roots of this herb have been used almost since the second century to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Available as tea, tincture, and tablet form, its active and sedative compounds helped reduce anxiety by altering the brain’s chemistry and the way it connected to anxiety to induce relief and better sleep.  

The root extract also works well when combined with other herbs like chamomile. Various studies suggest consuming about 100 mg of valerian per day to experience relief.  

  1. Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnate) 

Passionflower has about 550 different species, but this particular one is most sought-after for its anxiety-relieving properties. According to a 2010 study, its anti-anxiety effects are almost of the same level as benzodiazepines, a commonly prescribed drug by doctors to treat anxiety.  

While a few clinical trials indicate its effectiveness, it is popularly used with other anxiety-relieving herbs. It is mainly advised for short-term use as its leading side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches.  

  1. Delta-8 Disposable Products  

Popularly called ‘marijuana-lite’ or ‘weed lite,’ Delta-8 is a cannabinoid compound extracted from cannabis, i.e., hemp and marijuana plants. It is a close cousin of the notorious THC compound though less psychoactive and sedative comparatively.  

Extracted exclusively from the hemp plant, it may help alleviate anxiety by stabilizing the B1 receptors responsible for regulating stress. The compound also regulates the brain functions to stabilize our nervous system to combat anxiety.  

As it gets increasingly popular, you are spoilt for choosing its range of items. You can explore almost all varieties of hemp-based delta 8 disposables products here.

  1. Hops (Humulus lupulus) 

This herb finds abundant use in beer production. But it is also effective in treating anxiety as many of its compounds have sedative properties. A 2017 study indicated its calming, anti-anxiety, and anti-depression properties.  

Wrapping Up  

Herbs have been used for centuries for many health benefits, including anxiety-relieving properties. Even scientific studies point strongly towards its though concrete evidence is still required. Simultaneously, most herbs also show a few side effects and can adversely react with prescription medicines. Hence, they are best consumed under medical supervision for optimum benefits.