Herbal Stress Relief & Depression

Kava Kava for Anxiety

Kava Kava comes from islands in the South Pacific. You can drink it as a tea, take it as a capsule or pill, or chew the herb itself. It also comes as a tincture, which is a vial of Kava Kava extract preserved in alcohol and which you drink after mixing with a little water. This herb is known for its relaxatiing effects. It can also help you sleep. Take Kava Kava as prescribed on your bottle. If you are drinking the tea, have two to three cups a day. Kava Kava does not have to be taken over a period of time to be effective. You can take it as needed if you prefer. Do not drive or do anything that might require good motor skills until you know how you react to Kava Kava. Also, taking high doses of Kava Kava can harm the liver, so when taking Kava Kava, always follow the directions and every month or so take a few days off from taking it.

You can find Kava Kava at your local health food store or herbal shop. Take care when chewing the herb. It is highly potent in this state, so a little goes a long way.

St. John's Wort for Depression

St. John's Wort is known as an herbal alternative to prescription medications for depression. You can take it as a pill, capsule or tincture. Some tea companies make infusions with St. John's Wort. Take St. John's Wort as described on the label of your container. St. John's Wort takes some time to work. Many people debate over whether or not it really is effective as an antidepressant, as the way it works is unknown. However, it has been shown to be more effective than a placebo in many trials.

Take care to look over lists of medicine interactions when taking St. John's Wort. It can mix with other medicines and harm your body. You can find such lists easily on the Internet.

You can find St. John's Wort at most large grocery stores and local health stores. Because, like Kava Kava, it is not regulated, you may want to ask your health store owner what brand and dose would be good for you.