It is estimated that antidepressants are one of most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Today, it happens too often as more and more people are suffering from mental disorders. In fact, about 25% of the American population experience certain mental problems.
Unbelievably, at least one prescribed medication is taken by around 70% of Americans, whereas more than one is taken by 50% of them. However, antidepressants can trigger many side effects, for instance slurred speech, coordination loss, difficulty walking, memory issues, skin and eye yellowing and seizures.
On the other hand, by using natural remedies, all these awful side effects can be avoided.
Here are 10 natural herbs that help a lot in fighting mental issues:
It is used in China and Scandinavia to lower stress. Plus, this herb is effective against fatigue and can enhance the mood. It slows down the activity of sympathetic nervous system that controls rapid heartbeat, shaking, dizziness, breath shortness, and nausea. That’s not all, Rhodiola promotes serotonin, i.e., the hormone responsible for making you happy and relaxed.
This herb can serve as a potent natural remedy in the treatment of mild and moderate form of nervous disorder and even depression. In other words, lavender can be used in aromatherapy thanks to its powerful neuroprotective properties that can regulate the mood as well as help in case of a neurological disorder.
Besides you can topically apply lavender on the skin, but you can also:
- Drink it as tea
- Put dried lavender in pillow case
- Add lavender oil in bath
- Passion Flowers
It is an exotic flower, which has sweet scent. Additionally, Passion Flowers have been used for treating anxiety, seizures, hysteria, and insomnia due to their sedative properties.
Many experts claim that it can increase the gamma aminobutyric levels in the brain by lowering the activity of certain brain parts, thus making you feel more relaxed.
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a popular treatment for agoraphobia. Furthermore, it is actually a form of anxiety triggered by open spaces and large crowds.
A 2012 study confirmed that cortisol levels can be effectively lowered by using Ashwagandha. For those who don’t know cortisol is a stress hormone. For optimal results, this herb should be used as tea.
The tea of chamomile is beneficial for better sleep as well as helps in regulating stress levels.
According to a lot of studies, chamomile is useful for treating depression because it possesses α-bisabolol, apigenin, and Luteolin, which can slowly decrease blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed.
The valerian root is used in the treatment of headaches, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. You can take it as tea or in a pill form. It is advisable to consume it quickly as it has strong smell.
There is a study that found vanilla scent is capable of lowering anxiety by 63%. So, it is a common ingredient in various candles, creams, and spa products.
- John’s Wort
It is available in almost all health food stores, but it can be planted at home, as well. It has fantastic antidepressant effects that can be compared to those of Prozac.
But, this herb does not cause any side effects.
However, it is recommended to consult with a doctor or naturopath before taking this herb, particularly in case you are on birth control medication.
It is a delicious and neuroprotective herb with numerous other health benefits, like accelerating memory and cognitive performance and relieving nervous tension.
This herb is used as a substitution of pain killers and anti-depressants and can be smelled or ingested.
- Lemon Balm
Besides it relieves anxiety, but Lemon Balm can also improve your life. Namely, even patients suffering from severe dementia find this herb as beneficial. Moreover, it is also effective at enhancing attention, memory function, and calmness.