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Are Herbal Supplements a Safe and Effective Alternative Treatment for Anxiety?

Mental health conditions can be the hardest to treat and medicate since the underlying reason for the symptoms could be one of dozens – or even hundreds of things.

From chemical imbalances in the brain to a reaction to trauma or being a symptom of a more serious physical condition there are so many possibilities that it can be hard to pin-point the cause – especially when it comes to anxiety disorders.

If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, then there is a good chance that you’ve already tried a slew of different prescription medications – only to find little to no real relief. However, just because prescriptions are not working for you does not mean you are out of options just yet.

There are many herbal supplements that are both safe, and often effective, treatments for anxiety disorders of all kinds from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Seasonal Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attack Disorder and so many others.

Here are three herbal supplements that have shown that they can be beneficial either alongside or as an alternative to prescription medications for anxiety.


Chamomile can be used in many ways – but the two most popular is as an essential oil, or as a tea. When using the essential oil, it can be applied topically or diffused and inhaled; as a tea you simply brew and enjoy like any other tea – and it is said to provide a calming feeling.

In 2009 a study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania which involved 19 people diagnosed with anxiety and depression in a double-blind and placebo-controlled trial. Over an 8-week period, researchers concluded that 57 percent of the group that used Chamomile extract significantly reduced their anxiety levels.

Passion Flower

A handful of small studies suggest that passion flower might also be a great herbal supplement to turn to for treating anxiety naturally. Passion flower is often combined with other herbs in commercial products, which can make it hard to know just how effective the plant is by itself. When taken as directed passion flowers are considered safe, however some studies have found that it may cause drowsiness, dizziness and confusion – so be careful and always follow the directions.


An option growing in popularity in alternative natural treatment of anxiety, depression and many other conditions, is CBD or cannabidiol. Often it is used in the form of an oil, but it can also be found in the form of edibles (generally infused candies or baked goods), topicals (creams, salves) and concentrates for vaping (oil, wax).

CBD is a cannabinoid derived from medical marijuana and hemp plants and is non-psychoactive, with the potential to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression faster than any commercial or prescription medication currently available.

These herbal supplements are some of the most commonly used for anxiety disorders – and while there may not be a lot of clinical data, but in some cases, anecdotal data speaks for itself. When enough people claim that CBD or other natural treatments have changed their life, isn’t it worth trying for yourself?

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