Top 6 Best Legal Herbs That Treat Anxiety, Stress and Insomnia
In today’s world, it seems to be that stress and anxiety is an every day part of life, and with that said, so many of us feel forced to resort to pharmaceutical medicines just to keep on top of it all. In our busy day to day lives, we often find ourselves without the time to work on ourselves, whether it be with self help, relaxation time or just a chance to escape and switch off.
Today, I will briefly detail a few natural medicinal herbs that may help counteract some of these feelings of anxiety and stress, all of which are readily available online, in some high street smartshops and also some health food shops. The herbs I will include are generally stronger than mainstream supplements, some of which are even considered as herbal highs and are often used as legal cannabis alternatives.
These herbal medicines have been used to promote relief from anxiety, stress and sleeping disorders. Although these herbs have had positive effects in peoples lives, it is always best doing your own research before consuming anything of this nature. I’ll also add, that these herbs should not be used as an alternative to long term medications, as the risk of a mental health relapse can increase when medication is stopped. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.
Without further ado, I present to you the list!
Top 6 List
1. Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum)
Kanna (Also known as Kougoed and Channa) is a small succulent plant native to Africa. With a range of methods for consumption, users can smoke, chew or insufflate the fermented plant material, as well as brew it in a tea.
Upon consumption, users report feelings of euphoria, increased energy and stimulation, as well sedation in higher doses, making the plant incredibly versatile with its varied effects. Kanna is also a naturally occurring antidepressant, due to the plant being an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor), making it comparable to common antidepressant medication such as Prozac and Sertraline, both of which are used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.
Despite also being used recreationally, Kanna is legal in most countries and states, and readily available online.
((Warning: Do not use Kanna in conjunction with MAOI (Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitor) containing substances. Reactions between SSRIs and MAOIs can be highly dangerous, and can be fatal if used in conjunction with each other.
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2. CBD (Full Spectrum)
As the world turns, cannabis continues to become less demonised as an illicit drug, and more celebrated for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. With laws changing across the globe, it’s less appreciated cousin has become something of a medical marvel, that cousin being hemp, with high concentrations of CBD (Cannabidiol).
Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol - the psychoactive ingredient found within Cannabis), CBD does not produce psychoactive effects. In fact, it actually works as an antipsychotic, amongst a long list of its other uses. Many people have used CBD to treat anxiety and aid their sleep, as well as treat pain and improve symptoms of Parkinson’s, Mulitple Sclerosis and Epilepsy.
Whether it’s an oil, a balm, a gummy sweet or the hemp flower itself, full spectrum CBD products continue to prove incredibly helpful when used to treat anxiety.
CBD products vary in legality depending on location, so it is always best to verify the legal status of hemp derived products in your area.
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3. Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea)
Blue Lotus (also known as Blue Lily of the Nile) is a water Lily native to parts of Africa and Asia. It is best known for its associations with the Ancient Egyptians, who depicted the Lotus Flower as a party drug in hieroglyphs found in various tombs.
Today, Blue Lotus is still enjoyed, especially by those suffering from sleep problems, anxiety and stress. This is due to the two active compounds: Apomorphine (which activates dopamine receptors), and Nuciferine (which is a naturally occurring antipsychotic). Users of the plant brew the flowers as a tea, smoke it and also infuse the flowers with wine to harness its medicinal and recreational properties.
4. Klip Dagga (Leonotis Nepetifolia)
Klip Dagga (also known as Lions Ear and Christmas Candlestick) is a tropical (and subtropical) flowering plant, that is often used as a cannabis substitute due to its calming effects, as well as for its use as a reliever of pain.
The orange petals are often dried and smoked, or brewed in tea to relax the user with feelings of mild euphoria and light sedation. The plant also helps to control heart palpitations, which are often associated with high feelings of stress, anxiety and panic. With this said, Klip Dagga has various medicinal uses, especially for heart problems such as Tachycardia and Arrhythmia.
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5. Siberian Motherwort (Leonurus Sibiricus)
Siberian Motherwort ((also known as ‘Honeyweed’ and ‘Marihuanilla’ (which translates to ‘Little Marijuana’)) is a herbaceous plant native to Asia and Russia. It is commonly used as a cannabis substitute, largely due to its ability to produce a state relaxation in its users when brewed as a tea, smoked or made into a tincture.
The plant itself can ease high blood pressure, as well as prevent pain from heavy menstrual cramps, as well as help with impotency in men. With its ability to relax its users, this plant is commonly used as stress relief and also as a sleep aid.
6. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian, or specifically the valerian root, has been a widely known medicinal remedy for thousands of years. It is a perennial flowering plant, native to Asia and Europe, and is primarily associated for its uses as a sleep aid and a reliever of anxiety.
Today, the valerian root is stocked on shelves, and used as a supplement in common herbal remedies and dietary health supplements. As an extract, the root has proven effective within various medical trials, with studies suggesting that the chemical alkaloid GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) is the cause of the roots medicinal value. GABA can also be found in prescription medicines such as Diazepam (Valium) and Alprazolam (Xanax), both of which are highly effective in treating anxiety and sleep disorders.
Valerian root and it’s extracts provide a healthier alternative to synthetic prescription pills, whilst still remaining readily available in most retail health food shops!
And there you have it! Six powerful herbal medicines that can help relieve anxiety, stress, and sleeping problems. I hope it has been of use. I also have listed below some other herbal medicines that can treat anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Other Herbal Medicines that can help treat anxiety include