Top 7 Herbs to Help Anxiety

Top 7 Herbs to Help Anxiety

By Shannon, Posted in Wellness

With the world opening up about anxiety issues, it is simple to say that you are not alone. With stress circulating us, almost everyone feels anxious from time to time. Every year, around one-fifth of the population, presents with actual anxiety or issues related to it.

At times of anxiety levels crossing the roof with feelings of fear, panic, and stress gripping our souls, we have rounded up the top 7 herbs to help anxiety and keep you healthy and happy.

We are lucky enough to grow or forage each of the plants listed below to make our medicinal tinctures with. 


No matter how rude catnip proves to be for the cats, but it surely is a blessing in disguise for people with anxiety. It is a strong-smelling herb that has been thought to possess many medicinal properties for quite a long time. 

Most commonly, catnip is used to treat anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. It contains nepetalactone, an active ingredient, which helps in improving relaxation, anxiety, mood, restlessness, and nervousness.

Holy Basil/Tulsi

The leafy green plant shares a rich history in the Indian culture due to its sacred value. It is a remarkable tonic for the mind, body, and soul.

The whole plant of holy basil/Tulsi is an adaptogen that helps your body adapt to the stress of chemical, physical, emotional, and infectious origin to promote mental stability and reduce anxiety. 


Motherwort is one of the most famous nervine herbs that caters to anxiety. This cooling and relaxing nervine herb is traditionally used to treat arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and hypertension due to anxiety and stress.

It also helps with the anxiety associated with menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal imbalances, and menopause.

Skullcap plant growing in field


Skullcap is a mild sedative and nervine tonic that helps induce relaxation. With long-term dosing of skullcap, the nervous system receives the required nourishment to optimize its functions whereas, its short-term use is capable of curing insomnia, anxiety, and tension.

It helps restore your overwhelmed nerves and relieves nervous exhaustion.


Passionflower is folk medicine that tends to anxiety, stress, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insomnia, and so forth.

It is well-known for up-regulating the GABAergic activity in the brain which helps in relaxing the mind and welcomes sleep. The calming of Passionflower has earned it the honor of being used before the surgeries to help patients with anxiety.

Lion's Mane

The white and shaggy mushrooms that are reminiscent of lion’s mane pose both culinary and medicinal uses. Oftentimes, lion’s mane is reported to relieve the symptoms of mild anxiety by regulating certain neurotransmissions.


Valerian, the star of the evening, is of immense importance when it comes to relaxing the musculature. Its distinctive tea reduces the tension and tightness by heightening the games of relaxation and sedation.

During these uncertain times, it is soothing to know that such protective herbs are available over which we can rely upon. Let’s pray for serenity, fine health, and a good night’s sleep for us and everyone suffering from such demanding circumstances.

flowering valerian plant growing in the field