With a growing number of people in the present day being treated, diagnosed or battling with the effect of anxiety or depression, a remedy that is natural and side effect free is one that is often sought.
Searches for natural remedies for anxiety and depression have increase seven-fold on Google since 2010, not only could this be related to more of us pin pointing anxiety or depression in our lives, but also because of rising pharmaceutical costs and the brutal side effects that are seen with a lot of pharmaceutical treatments.
Naturally people want something that helps/works without having to deal with an additional problem of a heavy side effect. Some of the side effects from pharmaceutical medications for anxiety and depression include suicide and self-harm. So this article will be about what do we consider as the top four herbs for a tea that are a natural remedy for anxiety and depression.
Chamomile means ‘grounded apple’ and has been used for centuries. Previously used by the Egyptians and Roman empires for its special flavonoids, it was also used as a remedy for sleep problems and the plant was used as a anti bacterial.
Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.
The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with the application of three of chamomile’s central constituents, apigenin, luteolin and bisabolol – all hydroxylates.
A study also from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, which was undertaken in 2009, showed Chamomile to have extraordinary benefits in the treatment of anxiety. They had two groups of participants, one group were on a placebo and another group using Chamomile directly. They found that 57% of participants in the Chamomile group had reduced anxiety by up to 50%. These scores continued to improve over the course of the study.
Herbalists generally recommend their patients to take Chamomile for between 3 months to one year in order to experience it’s full effects.
Chamomile has positive effects also on sleep, acting as a natural muscle relaxant, can soothe nerves, acts as an anti bacterial and as a controller for hyperglycaemia for diabetics. Through it’s properties to calm and soothe the body, it may be able to also allow the user to experience relief from anxiety or depression symptoms they maybe experiencing.
The best way to taking Chamomile is by adding it to hot water and sipping it through a cup. Chamomile is considered generally safe and can be taken multiple times per day. However medical experts do warn that a limit of at least half a cup should be for children under the age of 5.
Like other herbs, Chamomile can interact with prescription drugs so be sure to consult with a healthcare professional if you are on any form of prescription medications.
The history of Peppermint is that it is a natural hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first cultivated in England in the late seventeenth century. However, the use of the herb has been used as a remedy for indigestion since Ancient Egyptian times.
The Peppermint leaf has high menthol content which when dried is retained. Peppermint leaves can be stored by drying them in the shade. It does take an experienced tea maker to understand how to acquire and use the Peppermint herb as a tea for full effect.
The menthol in Peppermint leaves helps to relax muscles and is very good in the evening before bedtime. People who suffer from insomnia or sleep deprivation, benefit greatly with a cup of Peppermint tea at the night time. Falling asleep is much easier when your body is actually relaxed and this is what Peppermint offers as a herb. Someone with anxiety or depression often finds it hard to fall asleep, and how Peppermint can help is help relax muscles and nerves to induce a state of sleep and relaxation.
On a side note to anxiety and depression, those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome Peppermint can work wonders when served in a tea. A lot of doctors find irritable bowel syndrome hard to treat, and often do recommend Peppermint tea as a remedy. Peppermint can also help with intestinal or stomach ulcers also.
Peppermint being rich in enzymes can help strengthen the immune system and this helps with symptoms such as headaches and migraines. Headaches and migraines can also be a cause of anxiety or depression so relief in this area can often be associated with relief of anxiety or depression.
Peppermint tea also offers relief from travel sickness. It will be a good idea to start having this 3 times a day two or three days before travelling. For a long journey you can carry it in a flask and take sips of this at short intervals as this will resolve the problem of travel sickness to a great extent.
This caffeine free Peppermint tea can be drunk either hot or cold. It can be sweetened with brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.
Peppermint tea can be made using both fresh peppermint leaves and dry leaves. It can be added as a flavour to any other tea as a variation in taste and flavour.
Drinking 4- 5 cups a day is perfectly safe, more than 5 cups a day can cause acid reflux due to gastro intestinal problems and heartburn.
Lemon Balm is a memory boosting and anti-anxiety herb that is found from the mint family.
It is a plant from the mint family and considered to be a calming herb that has been used for many centuries in medicinal contexts.
It was administered as long ago as the Middle Ages to help reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and even ease pain and discomfort. More recent studies point to using Lemon Balm as a cognitive enhancer able to improve processing speed and memory.
Although it is native to Europe, the plant is now grown all over the world for use as a natural nutritional supplement. The Lemon Balm plant grows up to two feet in height and the leaves are very deeply wrinkled, ranging in colour from dark to yellowish green.
One of the active ingredients in Lemon Balm supplements is eugenol which has been shown calm muscles and even numb tissues.
The most common use of Lemon Balm as a supplement is for anti-anxiety purposes. It is used to promote relaxation and deep, restful sleep. Many user report that stress seems to melt away when using this supplement along with irritability, nervousness, and even depression.
Lemon Balm and similar preparations have also been shown to improve mental performance. Healthy users have reported increases in memory, learning capacity, and even sensory perceptions in some cases.
Lemon Balm extract is also known to be a very potent anti-oxidant. This means that it may augment immune system functioning and provide protection against inflammation, infection, and disease.
This also may relate somehow to it anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The plants leaves were used even before the Middle Ages for wound healing, and especially treating venomous insect bites and stings.
Lemon Balm may also provide relief from conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and digestive problems ranging from bloating, gas, vomiting, heartburn, colic, and even poor appetite. Many women find that this supplement can help them with menstrual pain and even serves to stimulate the menstrual period in cases of weak or absent cycles.
The supplement may also help to protect the heart and cardiovascular system. Many users have experienced relief from heart palpitations, allergic reactions, and rapid heartbeat.
Lemon Balm is considered to be a very safe natural herb. The only side effect considered with Lemon Balm is that is may cause drowsiness.
Rosemary has been used for centuries in teas and cooking. It has also been used as a herb to help with headaches and stress.
Whiffs of rosemary may also have an effect on our mood, which in turn may help explain its relationship to increased memory and retention. More specifically, inhaling this aroma seems to induce a calm demeanor by reducing stress and anxiety responses. One study showed the inhalation of rosemary, as well as the essential oil of lavender, reduced cortisol, a steroid hormone marker of anxiety and stress, in nursing students who were taking a test.
When we inhale plant oils, it is not only the actual aroma our brain is registering that can have an effect on how we feel or perceive things in that moment. These natural plant chemicals also can be absorbed by our body to some extent via the active molecules that are circulating in the air, and subsequently attach to our lung tissue and distributed throughout the body.
Further, some of these molecules are able to then penetrate the blood-brain barrier in order to induce certain effects on our brain activity and therefore our behaviour.
This helps explain phenomenon like the calming effect of an outdoor summer walk that is rife with the scents of plants, trees and shrubs, or the scents of flowers permeating the air, oxygenating the blood and also potentially putting out various phytochemicals that may be absorbed.
Studies are showing that subjects in a room scented with rosemary perform better on memorizing future events and complex tasks. Remembering to do things like take a vitamin, put the garbage out, or get to an appointment are all examples of remembering future tasks, and although it sounds trivial, this can have profound effects on overall productivity and effectiveness in one’s daily life.
It also explains why so many people love to mow the lawn and inhale the scent of freshly cut grass (studies actually show a chemical released from grass calms the mind and helps create pleasant feelings of well-being). In other words, it is often not just the pleasant scent that our brain correlates with a certain state of being, rosemary, and other plant oils may actually have a direct, chemical or physiological effect on our bodies as well.
Rosemary is a very safe herb to take and can be considered as a long term herbal tea drink.
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