A lot of times, getting prescribed a medication for insomnia and anxiety is considered the easy way out for both the doctors and the patients, but it is most definitely the harder route on your health and body. Which in hindsight, may cause more insomnia and more anxiety. Doing the research to find effective natural remedies can be tedious which is why I wanted to save you the trouble and share this list of herbs that can replace your prescription and leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired, instead of worn down and expired:
1. Vitamin D
Vitamin D was the herb that started it all for me, and it’s still my go-to. Vitamin D is sunshine in a bottle. It will naturally boost your mood, fight diabetes, and combat muscle and bone pain. It has scientifically been proven to lower blood pressure as well as fight against depression.
Passionflower is an herb for depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Passionflower has been shown to work as well as some benzodiazepine medications that are usually prescribed to patients for anxiety. Daytime drowsiness was less prevalent in patients who used passionflower over benzos (like Valium or Xanax).
Lavender is an anti-anxiety warriors. Not only do I grow lavender plants for medicinal use in my tea, bath, and skin care, but I also use lavender oil for aromatherapy. Put 2 to 10 drops on your pillow at night for a restful sleep. Boil a pot of water, add organic lavender essential oil, and inhale deeply for an amazing relaxing at-home spa ritual.
Stressed? Anxious? Sluggish? Ashwagandha naturally lowers the stress hormone cortisol, providing anti-anxiety relief similar to that of lorazepam. It’s lovely in a tincture or tea form daily, and an added benefit is that ashwagandha is a proven cancer fighter!
Rhodiola is great for increasing energy, relieving stress, and enhancing memory. Rhodiola seems to enhance the transportation of important serotonin precursors (like 5-HTP) in the brain. It’s a potent adaptogen, meaning that it normalizes the functions of your body, like those that deal with stress, illness, and fear. It also increases anti-tumor activity by increasing your body’s resistance to toxins, making it a powerful cancer fighter.
Melatonin is most potent in our bodies when we are around 3 months old, and it steadily decreases as we age, so every single day it becomes more and more important to incorporate melatonin into your life. Not only does it help with anti-aging, melatonin regulates your circadian rhythms, naturally promoting restful sleep.
Want to soothe aches and pains right at the source? Chamomile is amazing for sleep patterns, immunity, and menstrual cramp relief and arthritis and osteoporosis. Chamomile goes straight to the bones, stimulating osteo-based cells, lubricating joints, and reducing inflammation from the inside out.