What are the best herbal remedies for anxiety disorders? There are various options available. Let’s have a look at some of the most effective ones.
One of the most widely used is Valerian. It is thought to work on the GABA receptors just like Benzodiazepine drugs like Valium. It is more subtle than Valium but is rated by many people for anxiety disorder. Usually it needs to be taken regularly for a week or so before the effects become apparent, but it can also be used on an as needed basis, although it is probably not as effective that way.
Passiflora is also popular and tends to be helpful for anxiety disorder. Like Valerian it should be taken regularly to become fully effective.
My personal experience with Valerian and Passiflora (but Valerian most of all) is that it works rather well and gives a pleasantly relaxed sensation. I didn’t notice any benefit for insomnia, but for general anxiety I am sure it helped.
Other herbs commonly used for anxiety I am less impressed with, Chamomile is a nice drink but does little for anxiety in my experience. In fact I found it as relaxing as drinking warm water (actually, that’s not as silly as it sounds, a cup of warm water is a very relaxing drink and surprisingly enjoyable!).
If your Anxiety Disorder effects your sleeping then Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) might well be helpful. You can buy it as a tea and drink it before bed.
Although it’s not a herb, you might also be interested in L-Theanine which you can buy in caplets or by consuming green tea or green tea extract. It has actually been shown in studies that Theanine can promote relaxation. It is also a natural and well-tolerated product which is available in health food stores.