There are many different herbs for anxiety and depression, as these can often have soothing, anxiolytic, sedative or detoxifying powers. Anxiety is often misunderstood, as people are quick to write off anxiety as being stressed or overwhelmed by work or personal life. In most forms, stress is a temporary response of the body and usually passes within a few hours or days. However, anxiety disorders are when your high-stress levels become chronic, and these conditions must be taken seriously.

Some of the most common anxiety disorders are a social anxiety disorder, panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. [1] Going into the details of these anxiety disorders is beyond the scope of this article, but they can be disabling for some people, preventing them from living a normal life, holding down a job, or experiencing positive relationships. Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include elevated heart rate, palpitations, shortness of breath, clammy hands, sweating, chills, headaches, stomach upset, sleeplessness and changes in appetite and mood.

When it comes to mood disorders, anxiety is extremely closely linked to depression. [2] In more than 75% of cases of depression, there is also a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, and panic disorders are also often present. Depression often manifests with symptoms like extended periods of sadness or lack of enthusiasm for life, even in previous interests. Some of the more tangible symptoms are sleep disorders, changes in appetite, loss of self-esteem, exhaustion, weight loss, or thoughts of self-harm or suicide. The close connection between anxiety and depression makes many of the treatments for these conditions the same. [3] There are many treatments, including everything from therapy to pharmaceutical solutions, but herbs for anxiety and depression are becoming increasingly popular.

List of Herbs for Anti-anxiety

Some of the best herbs for eliminating anxiety include lavender, kava, chamomile, ashwagandhapassionflowerginkgo biloba, and valerian root.


Numerous studies have been done on the effects of chamomile on stress hormone levels in the body, and it has been found to soothe the nervous system and help to induce sleep and feelings of calm. [4] This can be consumed in the form of a tea or a supplement, and its anxiolytic effects are well known.


Primarily used to help people get uninterrupted sleep, this ancient sedative is known to counter the feelings of anxiety and can provide a sense of relief from overwhelming emotions. [5] This herbal remedy is primarily used as a tea, although there are also tablets and herbal supplements available.

Gingko Biloba

It can counter the negative hormones that cause feelings of anger, sadness, anxiety, and loneliness that often accompany anxiety. [6] As a mood booster, it can provide energy and aid you in overcoming negative thoughts.

Valerian Root

Many of the same active ingredients present in valium can be found in natural form within valerian root, and it is frequently recommended as a sedative, helping people achieve deep and restful sleep. [7] The chemical compounds in this herb can settle the central nervous system and balance your hormone levels.


Lavender is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, but it is perhaps best known for its scent, which alone can help calm down a busy mind and release physical and mental tension. [8] Even a few drops of this essential oil on your pillow can work wonders, or lavender tea can be brewed and consumed regularly.


For people who suffer from social anxiety disorder, using kava can be extremely effective. Also known as kava-kava, this natural solution to feelings of nervousness, anxiety or stress has been used in traditional medicine as a sleep aid for centuries. [9] You can steep a chopped up bunch of kava root, as you would a tea, and then drinkthis soothing beverage at any time of day.


In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is widely praised for many health conditions, but it is particularly well known as an adaptogen, meaning that instead of regulating certain hormones or metabolic functions in one way or another, it helps the body adapt to different stressful environments and improve our natural response to anxiety triggers. [10]

List of Herbs for Depression

Some of the most effective herbs for anxiety and depression are St. John’s Wort, skullcaplemon balm, hawthorn, California poppy, omega-3 fatty acids, and green tea.

Lemon Balm

Formally known as Melissa Officinalis, lemon balm improves appetite, aids in healthy sleep, and can cure the inflammation or discomfort that often accompanies depression. [11] It is known to uplift mood, while still allowing enough peace and relaxation to induce healthy sleep.

California Poppy

Used successfully for mental and physical exhaustion, as well as acting as a general analgesic in the body, this little-known herb is often recommended for people suffering from depression. [12]It can provide a better mindset by altering neurotransmitter levels, while also stimulating the metabolism and energizing users.

St. John’s Wort

One of the most famous herbs for anxiety and depression, St. John’s Wort has impressive antidepressant powers, which can help clear the mind, without impacting cognition, unlike so many pharmaceutical solutions for depression. [13] For severe depression, however, professional help is recommended.