It might sound surprising, but antidepressants are among the two drugs which are most often prescribed in America.
The reason for this is the increased number of people who are suffering from mental issues. 25 % of people in America are affected by mental problems. Actually, 70% of Americans take at least one prescribed drug, and 50 % take more than one.
The worst part about these drugs is that they have many side effects such as loss of coordination, memory problems, slurred speech, difficulty walking, yellowing of skin and eyes, and in some cases even seizures.
In order to avoid these side effects, you can use natural remedies.
Today, we will present you 10 herbs which can help you to fight mental issues.
Lavender can treat a moderate and mild form of depression and nervous disorder. Also, it can be used as aromatherapy. Lavender has potent neuroprotective properties which can help with a neurological disorder and stabilize the mood.
You can apply lavender on your skin, or:
- Put some dried lavender in your pillow case
- Use lavender oil in your bath
- Consume it as tea
It is an exotic flower which has a sweet fragrance and sedative properties. For long time passion flowers are used for hysteria, seizures, insomnia, and anxiety. Numerous experts claim that it has the ability to increase the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain.
People in China and Scandinavia use Rhodiola in order to reduce stress. This plant can improve the mood and help in the case of fatigue. It works by slowing down the sympathetic nervous system activity, responsible for controlling nausea, shaking, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Furthermore, Rhodiola can promote serotonin, a hormone which will make you feel happy and relaxed.
For many years, Ayurvedic medicine uses Ashwagandha as part of its treatments. This herb is especially effective for treating agoraphobia, an anxiety caused by open spaces or large crowds.
A study from 2012 showed that Ashwagandha can reduce cortisol levels (cortisol is the stress hormone). It is recommended to use this herb as a tea.
This root is useful in the treatment of headaches, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. You can consume it as tea or as a pill. It has a strong smell, so it is recommended to consume it very quickly.
Chamomile tea will improve your sleep and manage the stress. Many studies proved that chamomile can help in treating depression. This tea contains apigenin, α-bisabolol, and Luteolin which can reduce blood pressure, thus make you feel more relaxed.
According to a study, the vanilla scent has the ability to reduce anxiety by up to 63%. Because of this, it is used in candles, creams, and spa products.
You can easily find this plant in health food stores, or grow it at your own home. This herb has similar antidepressant properties like Prozac and no side effects.
However, before taking this herb, it is very important to consult with a doctor or naturopath, especially if you are taking birth control pills.
Despite its ability to ease anxiety, lemon balm can improve your life. This herb can be extremely beneficial for patients with severe dementia. You can also use it for improving memory function, calmness, and attention.
This herb has many health benefits like easing nervous tension and speeding up cognitive performance. Rosemary can be ingested or smelled.
Furthermore, you can use it as a replacement for painkillers and anti-depressants.