Twenty Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety is a psychological condition which creates feelings of worry, fear, and apprehension, and results in a number of physical symptoms. Approximately 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders. Luckily, there are herbs to curb many of the symptoms of anxiety.

Common Symptoms

Everyone is unique, and therefore, can experience different symptoms from anxiety, but some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling faint
  • Flushed skin
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Mood swings
  • Crying
  • Headache
  • Apprehension
  • Sleeplessness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle twitching
  • Restlessness
  • Upset (“nervous”) stomach
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Jitters
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nervous energy
  • Sweaty palms
  • Increase in pulse rate
  • Feeling nauseas
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Trembling
  • Trouble breathing, gasping for air
  • Overwhelming feeling of fear
  • Feeling of a “lump” in the throat
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Stiffness in the neck and/or back

Most likely, you do not have all the symptoms listed, and you may have other symptoms not listed here, as a result of your anxiety.

Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Although there are prescription medications to treat the symptoms of anxiety, there are many herbs that are affective at treating the various symptoms.

  1. Bergamot has been used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety symptoms. Bergamot is available in essential oil and also in aromatherapy patches that can be applied to the skin.
  2. Lavender is also used in aromatherapy for treatment of anxiety symptoms, such as restlessness, insomnia, and depression. Not only is lavender used in aromatherapy, but also dried lavender flowers are used to make teas and liquid extracts.
  3. Ashwagandha, taking in extract form, calms the nerves, improves concentration, improves the mood, and reduces feelings of stress.
  4. Kava has a calming effect and is used to treat many symptoms of anxiety, including depression and insomnia. Kava is available in extracts, beverages, capsules, tablets, and topical formulas. Kava has been shown to be as effective as valium for reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Kava can interact with other drugs, so discuss the use of kava with your doctor if you are taking medication.
  5. Chamomile is used for sleeplessness, headaches, upset stomach, and other symptoms of anxiety. Chamomile flowers are used to make teas, capsules, tablets and liquid extracts. While generally safe, some people can have life-threatening allergic reactions when taking chamomile. People who are allergic to ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums and daisies are the most susceptible to allergic reactions from chamomile.
  6. Rhodiola rosea increases the body’s resistance to stress.
  7. Fennel tea is effective for anxiety related stomach upset and abdominal tension.
  8. Feverfew is effective for the treatment of headaches, dizziness and stomach aches.
  9. Hops tea is an effective remedy for sleep. Hops can also be used as aromatherapy.
  10. Valerian is an effective calming herb that also aids in sleep. It is available in tincture and capsule form, and also tea. Valerian is generally safe for short-term use, however it should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing.
  11. Ginseng has been found to increase energy levels and improve mood.
  12. Lemon balm has been used to reduce symptoms of anxiety and promote sleep.
  13. Catnip tea has been found to have a calming effect and relieve many symptoms of anxiety.
  14. Passionflower is an effective herb for calming and soothing the nerves.
  15. Motherwort has a calming effect and helps with heart paliptations.
  16. Meadowsweet tea helps to relieve the symptoms of anxiety such as nervousness, headache and depression.
  17. Ginger is an effective treatment for stomach aches and nausea. Ginger is available in capsules, tablets, tinctures and tea. Few side effects have been linked to the use of ginger.
  18. St. John’s wort is an effective treatment for many of the symptoms of anxiety, especially depression and sleeping problems. St. John’s wort is available in tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, teas and topical preparations. St. John’s wort can interact with many medications, so speak to your doctor before using St. John’s wort if you are taking any type of medication.
  19. Skullcap calms the nervous system and induces sleep.


Anxiety, if left untreated, can become overwhelming and affect every area of one’s life, therefore, it’s important to treat the symptoms of anxiety before they get out of hand. Try some of these herbs for anxiety and hopefully, you will see an improvement in your symptoms.

There is also a highly recommended ebook that has helped people across the world, the ebook is called Panic Away. Well worth a look.

If not, it’s important to seek professional help.

Note: This article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition, nor take the place of the advice of a professional healthcare provider.


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