Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? If so, have you considered the benefit of taking an herbal antidepressant over the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical antidepressants?
Depression is a state of mind that arises from regular worries, stress, tension and anxieties from different spheres of life.
Anxiety is a state of mind when it is unable to rest. An anxious mind can never relax and someone who does not rest and experiences constant pressure can never be peaceful.
Anxiety and Depression are the most commonly diagnosed condition in general practice next to hypertension, according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
According to Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., author of Healing Anxiety with Herbs (Harper Collins, 1998), anxiety and depression frequently occur in tandem. “Irritability, difficulty concentrating, indecision, guilt, fatigue, sleep and eating disturbances, and chronic aches and pains are symptoms common to both disorders,” said Bloomfield. In addition, almost half of the people who suffer repeated panic attacks develop a major case of depression, which can be attributed to low levels of serotonin found in individuals who suffer from either anxiety disorders or depression. With this in mind, herbs such as Catnip, Chamomile and Kava Kava, which have been proven to help with anxiety, may also help in treatment of depression.
Catnip can also cure nausea, headaches, and insomnia. The natural ingredients present in this herb are a great nerve tonic and help you to relieve tension throughout your body. This herbal medicine is most preferred by many people because it relieves all symptoms and can leave your body feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Catnip is Often it is combined with Chamomile and Lemon Balm to relieve stress, soothe tension, nervousness and for insomnia.
It eases muscle tension and stress which is caused in severe anxiety. It can be taken in form of tea water two times in a day for three months. This herbal remedy is available in a variety of forms including tinctures and solutions, capsules, as a homeopathic remedy, and in some health stores you can find a collection of the dried herb for use. The method you choose to take this herb will depend on your preferences.
Member of the mint family, catnip is one of the most powerful and potent plants when it comes to reducing anxiety symptoms and curing panic attacks. This herb has similar effects to valerian and lavender, being able to induce a deep feeling of calmness, relaxation and well being.This relaxing effect, on the other hand, can be quite useful for treating insomnia, since it guarantees a good night sleep.
Catnip is one of the most popular herbs in stress formulas where it is included for its sedative effect. Perhaps the most popular use of catnip is as an herbal tea consumed just before bedtime. It has a very long list of folk uses which is understandable since it is often difficult to get a good night’s sleep in today’s fast paced world.
Regular use of catnip helps in improving control over nervousness and irritability, in managing stress in a healthier manner and having a restful sleep, all these being potential triggers for anxiety episodes when present in higher than normal levels.
Besides relieving depression, irrational fears and worries and equilibrating the mind and spirit, catnip also relaxes the muscles, accelerates healing after minor injuries and calms toothaches and migraines. So if you’re wondering how to cure panic anxiety and depression with catnip, here’s the simplest solution: look for supplements, capsules or liquid extracts containing this ingredient and use them regularly,
Catnip is used both internally and externally. As capsules or a tincture. Most often it is probably used as a simple tea. You can also use infusions of the dried herb in the bath or even a foot soak, inhalation, massages or oral intake.
Personally my favourite is the Steam Inhalation method, I find it just as effective as drinking the tea.
1. Put the herbs together in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Bring water to a boil; pour the steaming water over the herbs.
3. Cover your head with a large towel to capture the steam. With eyes closed, gently lean into the bowl and slowly inhale the herbal steam through the nose.
4. Continue to inhale and exhale the herbal steam for ten minutes, even better if you can do it for long!
Catnip smoothies can be a more powerful relaxant and anti-anxiety aid, because you’re actually consuming the entire herb. A few minutes after consuming one, you can literally feel your stress and tension melt away. For those really tough times, you can drink one every few hours.
To make a Catnip smoothie, use a small handful of Catnip herbs add them to any fruit smoothie. Or blend: 3 bananas, 8 – 10 fresh or dried flowers, 1/2 cup of water, and add some syrup for sweetness.
Herbal supplements are studied very cautiously. These herbs are kept on various tests in the laboratories all around the worldwide. Therefore, it has been successfully proved with the results showing no side effects and a better cure
Consult your health care advisor regarding the use of herbs during pregnancy. Discontinue if unusual symptoms occur.
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