Persistent anxiety can be one of the most common mental health barriers in modern life. Anxiety comes in two forms: everyday anxiety, and an anxiety disorder. Anyone can experience anxiety at any time that is triggered by their emotions and external issues. However, persistent anxiety that interrupts quality of life can be caused by a medical issue such as an anxiety disorder. Both diagnoses of anxiety can cause huge issues in anyone’s day-to-day life.

If you’re looking for a safe, healthy way to manage anxiety, we have a helpful guide to take you through some natural herbal remedies. These herbal remedies can be used to treat everyday anxiety.

(Note: if you suspect you may be experiencing the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, please consult with a medical professional.)

St. John’s Wort for Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

St. John’s Wort is the most popular herbal treatment for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. St. John’s Wort may work by moderating serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine to prevent mood and anxiety swings. Studies have shown that St. John’s Wort stimulates GABA receptors– the common target for anxiety medications.  St. John’s Wort is most often used as a short-term anxiety and depression treatment and has been shown to have minimal side effects.

Consult a physician before using St. John’s Wort with any other medications—St. John’s Wort can cause side effects if taken improperly. Check this list for combinations to avoid. Our St. John’s Wort infused oil provides a powerful and easy to take dosage.

Valerian as a Sleep Aid

Valerian is a common herbal sleep aid that also serves as a great long-term treatment for anxiety if taken before bed. When used as an herbal supplement, valerian is commonly taken in a low dosage for anxiety and in a higher dosage to aid in sleep–please consult your physician for dosage recommendations and before taking any herbal supplement. You can also combine valerian with chamomile, lemon balm, and other herbs for maximum relaxation. It’s most commonly taken as a capsule.

We offer valerian extract for easy, convenient dosage.

Chamomile for Sleep and Relaxation

Chamomile is sometimes recommended for immediate relief of spikes in anxiety – particularly when taken in a soothing cup of tea at the end of the day as part of your nightly wind-down ritual. For more options on taking chamomile, we offer Infused Chamomile Oil for aromatherapy and bulk dry chamomile to steep for tea. We also offer a range of relaxation and sleep support tea blends that feature chamomile.

Lemon Balm Treatment for Anxiety and Insomnia

Lemon balm has been used for centuries as a healthy cure for anxiety and insomnia, and studies have recently provided some evidence of the herb’s benefits. But be sure to consult your physician before beginning any herbal supplement regimen, and get their professional recommendation for your dosage—too much lemon balm has been known to have an adverse effect and increase anxiety.

We offer a large range of lemon balm products for your convenience.

 Anxiety Herbal Supplements

There are many options for herbal treatment of anxiety. Omega-3 fatty acids, complex B vitamins, vitamin D, and even hops have all been selectively used to provide some relief and mitigate issues with anxiety.

To get the best results and to use herbal treatments to treat anxiety safely, you need the guidance of a licensed medical care provider, and to source only high-quality herbs that are tested for purity. At Salem Botanicals, we pride ourselves on selling only herbs and herbal products that have been rigorously tested and tracked for source, quality, and purity.