Most of us have worries and anxieties from time to time. However, for some of us, those worries and anxieties tend to persist and even to escalate to the point that they interfere with normal functioning and welling; leading us to seek herbal tinctures for anxiety. We look at what natural medicines work.
For severe anxiety, psychotherapy may be indicated. The doctor may also prescribe anti anxiety medications to help cope. Then there are herbal tinctures for anxiety that can also be used as an alternative or complementary treatment. However, it is important to remember not to self-medicate and to mention to your doctor any herbal or alternative treatment that you may be on.
Bach flower remedies
Red chestnut, aspen, elm, rock rose or mimulus or a combination of these flower remedies are known to help ease anxiety naturally. The oils, balms, or dosages as recommended can be used to help ease feelings of anxiety about the future, the past, anxiety for the safety of others, feelings of panic and so on.
Herbal tinctures for anxiety made from passion flower have been seen to be as effective as benzodiazepines in relieving anxiety in some studies. This herbal medicine has been seen to be effective against anxiety as well as mood disorders and adjustment problems. It can help to relieve withdrawal symptoms when a person is going off an addiction or other narcotic.
Kava has long been used as an herbal medicine for aiding sleep, lessening fatigue and helping cope with anxious feelings. It can also act as a topical numbing agent. In recent times it is most widely used to treat menopausal symptoms, insomnia and for the treatment of anxiety.
Kava can be obtained in the form of oral medication (extract pills or capsules) as a beverage as well as topical herbal tinctures for anxiety. In rare there could be damage to the liver due to this remedy and so should be used under supervision.
This tincture has long been used for its calming effects. At least one study has found that a daily dose of 600 mg of lemon balm over one week improved the mood and also boosted alertness.
The herbal tinctures for anxiety described above can be used on their own or in conjunction with other herbal remedies such as chamomile tea, valerian, St John’s wort, stinging nettle infusion, oatstraw infusion and so on.