You sometimes have that unexpected thing happening to you – an instant anxiety attack which leads you to “panic mode”. It could be a stressful situation, like your Boss assigning you a new project that you need to deliver in 2 days. Or even an unexpected delivery of bad news – like your cancer diagnosis L.

There might be anti-anxiety pills available in the market right now but we at the Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch Natural Medical Center do not believe in prescribing a lot of synthetic drugs, we do recommend certain “nature-based and natural remedies” for controlling your anxiety and stress.

Let’s go through some of them here:

* Lemon Balm

A perennial plant of the mint family and grown all over the world. Scientifically it is called Melissa officinalis, and sometimes called “common balm or balm mint. Lemon balm’s leaves has been used for centuries to make tea, use as perfume oil, even used to drive away insects.

It is recommended for anxiety and stress because it has been tested in clinical studies to reduce heart palpitations and blood pressure. It has been researched also to lower high triglycerides when inhaled as a balm oil, which means it reduces the risk of developing liver cancer.

* Chamomile Tea

Brewed as a tea or taken as a supplement, chamomile tea has been for ages proven to calm frazzled nerves and stomachs. It is a mild sedative also, great for insomniacs who are advised to drink the tea before bedtime.

* Naturally Processed Green and Black Teas

L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea and known to reduce anxiety and calm one’s disposition. It is said that Buddhist monks managed to sit still for hours because they drink a lot of green tea. It is also known to stimulate the brain’s alpha waves which is the state of relaxation of the body.

* Passionflower

An herb used in South America, it works as a gentle and relatively safe sedative with effects comparable to benzodiazepines. Aside from being a beautiful flower, it also known to be an aphrodisiac in Polynesian cultures since ancient times.

* Lavender

Known for its flower that is made mostly into oil and as an infusion tea, lavender has been known to calm both the mind and one’s frenetic moods. It also has the capability to put crying babies to sleep as well as a great reliever of headaches.

* Ashwagandha

A popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times, Ashwagandha, otherwise known as “winter cherry”, is known to have anxiety-fighting attributes. It also protects our nervous system, boosts our immune system and have anti-aging benefits.

* Valerian Root

Another herb used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. The Valerian root is indigenous to many regions of the world. It is used as a natural sleeping aid and known to have no serious effects other than making you sleepy.

* Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko Biloba is one of the oldest living trees on the planet. It can be dated to about 200 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs. But that doesn’t diminish its popularity as a great herb for relieving anxiety and stress. It has been traditionally known also for its memory-enhancing qualities for older people.

Before embarking on a natural-based diet regimen or lifestyle, do consult your doctor or nutritionist for any possible contra-indications with your health or drugs that you are currently taking now.

Do you have any other herbs or plants that help relieve anxiety and stress? Share your knowledge in the comments section below!

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