There are quite few plants, or herbs, that qualify as very effective remedies against angst, anxiety and even depression in daily doses that are potent enough to help alter a person’s chemistry enough to be noticeable. Contrary to popular thought, herbal remedies for anxiety and depression can be quite effective, especially when taken as directed on a daily basis and when the concoctions taken actually are made by a worthy preparer that knows what they are doing when it comes to mixing and growing herbal tinctures. Homeopathy can also prove worthy of a look if you’re looking to reduce stress and anxiety.
However, let’s look at one of the ones that is often overlooked as a “lighter” side anti anxiety herb and relaxant. I honestly always thought of it this way as well. I actually talked to a licensed herbologist when I was out in Northern California visiting my sister several years ago. I told her that I suffered from occasional acute bouts of anxiety, followed by a sort of melancholy, somewhat of a depression, or angst was the best way I had to describe it.
She gave me a few suggestions, one of them being lemon balm. I ended up buying a few things, among them dried leaves of lemon balm. Lemon balm looks exactly like mint leaves and it is very easy to grow. I actually mixed it up with the mint leaves I had frozen from my little garden in the freezer a few times. The herbologist told me to make a tea with it, so that’s what I did.
I used quite a generous amount of the lemon balm in the tea, and I used a tea ball to make it, squeezing some of the excess plant oils out as well once it had steeped. It made a few nice tasting, smooth tea, and I felt like it really helped to relax me at night. I wasn’t sure about what it did for me the next day to be honest, because I wasn’t focused enough on that, I just know that it made sleep and relaxation a lot easier at night.
Apparently lemon balm has proven a worthy herbal remedy for anxiety and depression, and is especially helpful if you are having angst about a particular event, to drink the night before. It is supposed to help your focus and concentrate in a calm manner the next day. It has also been reported to help soothe patients with dementia, and many people report that it helps their moods be more consistent.
I’m going to grow some lemon balm this summer and write about it again. I don’t think I gave it enough of a chance to show me what it could do. I’ll let you know how it all works out.