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Herbal Remedy For Relieving Anxiety And Insomnia Symptoms

Aug 17, 2007
Find yourself having high anxiety levels with panic attack symptoms? Not only that, find yourself unable to sleep at night because of the stress? If you are having difficulties in coping, you may wish to consider using a herbal remedy for anxiety and insomnia. This is a good option to take rather than turning to drugs for relief.

A herbal remedy that is most appropriate in relieving anxiety and insomnia symptoms is the valerian. The wonderful part about using this herb is that it works to calm your nerves without many of the side effects that drugs have.

Valerian has a pungent smell, but this is considered insignificant compared to the amount of benefits that you can derive from this herbal remedy. Galen, a Greek physician, nicknamed this herb phu, but its scientific name is known as Valeriana officinalis. There has been much research done on this medicinal herb and its healing properties. Its most important being some chemicals called valepotriates that it contains. These chemicals apparently depresses some
activity of the nervous system.

Herbalists describe valerian as a dry, cool and bitter. Other substances that are in Valerian
include alkaloids, volatile oils (including borneol and isovalerianic), and inridoids. Valerian is used for many different ailments, including as an expectorant, tranquilizer, diuretic, lowering blood pressure, antispasmodic, carminative, and as a mild anodyne.

The root is the commonly used part of the plant in the making of a herbal remedy. It can be used
to treat insomnia, anxiety, and strengthening of your heart. It is sometimes used for treating ulcers and wounds as well. This herb is normally harvested in fall.

There are many ways that you can prepare a valerian herbal remedy. Firstly, you can prepare the valerian root into a maceration. Take two tablespoons of the chopped, fresh valerian root and soak it in a cup of cool water for approximately eight hours. Other herbs can be combined as well into this concoction, including peppermint, which can make it taste slightly better. A valerian root hot tea is another great choice to help decrease your anxiety and insomnia symptoms as well.

Secondly, it is possible to make a potent tincture out of the Valerian root as well. This will help to relieve the symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Start with low dosages of Valerian around 1-2ml. You should know that it is very normal to get headaches when using the Valerian and by starting your dosage lower, you can help keep this symptom at bay. You can gradually increase the Valerian if needed.

Thirdly, you can also make a compress out of Valerian. Additionally, for muscle cramps, simply
soak a clean pad in the tincture and place it on the area where you are having pain.

Fourthly, if you need to drawing splinters out and treating wounds and chronic ulcers, a valerian
herbal wash is most helpful. Use the wash over your cuts and pains.

Before you jump right in and use the valerian, it is important that you consult your doctor if it is
safe for you to do so. You may already be taking some drugs at the same time. You will need to determine if you need to stop taking them should you wish to try the valerian root for relieving your anxiety and insomnia symptoms. Also, if you are pregnant, or have some serious conditions, always check with your doctor first.
About the Author
Evelyn Lim would often use a Herbal Home Remedy for treating illnesses. Her remedies also include herbs from diverse cultures such as Tradtional Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine. She shares about what she does in her free newsletter. For free information and a bonus MP3 download, please visit her site at http://www.herbalremedytips.com
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