St. John's WortSt. John's wort has been used in the United States for a few decades to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. It helps regulate sleep patterns and enhances feelings of well-being in those with mild to moderate depression. Everyone responds differently to herbs, so be careful if you are taking antidepressants, blood thinners, birth control pills or cancer medicines. This common herbal supplement can be found at supermarkets, drug stores and health food stores. The daily recommended dose for depression and anxiety ranges from 200 to 1200 mg per day.
Calming HerbsChamomile often has a sedative effect on the body, helping it calm down and reduce anxiety. It does not cause drowsiness like prescription sedatives and is most often found as a tea. Drink two to four cups a day for optimum benefit.
Lavender oil is an essential oil that also helps the body feel relaxed. It can be found in the form of leaves and is used in aromatherapy or as a tea. Both flowers and leaves may be placed throughout the home or into a bath. They also can be placed on pillowcases to promote better sleep. Lavender oil can be used in bath water or heated in an aromatherapy pot. If you prefer tea, you may drink two to three cups per day to calm the body.