Nowadays, many people are affected by mental health problems and they are taking some prescription medicines.

Antidepressants are among the most used drugs as 25% of the entire population of the United States suffers from depression, anxiety or similar mental health problems.

The negative side of this “trend” is that these drugs can cause serious side effects such as mood swings, hallucinations, suicide thoughts, walking problems, slurred speech, memory issues, seizures, taking difficulties, yellowing of the eyes or skin and lack of coordination.

Therefore, we should always first try natural herbal treatments before taking any of the commonly used prescription drugs.

1. Passionflower

This sweet smelling, exotic flower is known for its sedative properties and it is used for tea preparation. The tea is used as a treatment of hysteria, insomnia, anxiety and seizures. This herb increases the levels of gamma animobutyric acid in the brain.

This herb causes no side effects and makes you feel more relaxed by reducing the activity of certain cells in the brain.

2. Rhodiola

In China and Scandinavia, this herb is used to reduce stress, boost happiness and treat fatigue.

Shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and rapid heartbeat are controlled by the sympathetic nervous system and this herb reduces the activity of the system.

Rhodiola also stimulates the release of the hormone serotonin, which helps in feeling relaxed and happy.

3. Lavender

This aromatherapy herb is helpful in the treatment of nervous disorders, mild depression and mood stabilization.

There are several ways to use lavender. You can drink lavender tea, put dried lavender into your pillow case or add a few drops of lavender essential oil in your bath.

4. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat anxiety caused by large crowds and open spaces called agoraphobia.

Ashwagandha tea or ashwagandha supplements are useful in reducing the stress hormone levels or cortisol levels.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is excellent for reducing anxiety attacks and improving sleep patterns. The compounds luteolin, apigenin and alpha-bisabolol in chamomile help you relax by reducing your blood pressure gradually.

6. Vanilla

The vanilla scent is excellent for relaxation. It is even more effective in lowering anxiety than humidified air. This is why vanilla is used in spa products, candles and creams.

7. Valerian root

Consume valerian root tea or supplements to treat insomnia, anxiety and headaches. Take one tablespoon of maple syrup or molasses afterwards, to eliminate the valerian taste.

8. St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort can be found in healthy food stores or you can even grow it in your garden.

This herb has the same effects as some antidepressants, but has no side effects. If you are taking some kind of drugs, such as birth control pills, consult a doctor, since this herb can be affected by medication.

9. Lemon balm

Lemon balm can ease anxiety and improve the lives of those suffering from dementia. It will improve your attention, memory and calmness as well. It is grown easily and it is safe and cheap.

10. Rosemary

Smelling or ingesting rosemary will boost your memory and cognitive performance. It will ease tension and help you get rid of antidepressants and painkillers.

Even before using these natural herbs, consult a naturopath or a doctor. The above mentioned herbs in combination with exercising, counseling and meditation will help you deal with anxiety easily.