Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures for Anxiety and Stress Relief

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At one time or another in a person’s life, we are going to feel stress and anxiety. In today’s modern world, the pressure really seems to be on to do more and to do it faster than ever before. If you or someone you love feels anxious, tense, nervous, or exhausted, these are all signs of an overwhelmed nervous system.

Using herbal tinctures can help to treat and relieve some of these symptoms. Of course, they aren’t a cure-all. You still need to eat a healthy, natural, nutritious diet and get plenty of both sunshine and sleep. However, most people find that herbal tinctures can really help aid their bodies during times of need. These aren’t meant to be taken every day for the rest of your life, but rather during times when you feel your body needs a little extra help.

Most tinctures are made to be taken simply by placing a few drops under the tongue. However, if you find the taste not to your liking, you can always mix it in a glass of water or juice.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or tense, even if you really can’t place the reason why, you can still benefit from herbal tinctures.

First we will give you a list of herbs that are known to help with feelings of anxiety. Some work in slightly different ways than others, so read through them and find the ones that seem to work best for you or that seem to suit your particular problem. Afterwards, we will explain how to take the herbs of your choice and make your own tincture.

Always consult your doctor before starting any herbal program, especially if you are taking any prescription drugs to avoid possible drug interactions. Although the herbs listed below are considered safe, everyone is different and everyone reacts differently. Never consume herbs if you are pregnant or nursing unless you consult with your doctor first.


1. California Poppy

This flowering herb is often used to treat insomnia and relax tension. This is one of the oldest and most effective remedies for treating anything that might be stress related. Low doses of California poppy are terrific for everyday stress or feelings of anxiety, while higher doses have a strong sedative effect that works well from those suffering from insomnia. If you are going through an intensely stressful situation and find you can’t sleep because your mind won’t shut off, this might be the perfect herbal solution for you.


2. Alfalfa

This is a super nutritious herb that contains tons of vitamins and minerals that it pulls deep from within the earth, deeper than any other herb. When we are under stress, it depletes the body of nutrients and alfalfa can replace what has been lost. This herb is perfect to use as an addition to other herbs.

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