Valerian - Once generally used to treat sleeplessness, valerian has seen success in treating those with mild forms of anxiety. It is a temporary treatment, only to be taken for a three month period. Because of its calming nature, you should not take valerian if you are also taking other medications that can cause you to be sleepy, such as antihistamines or sedatives. You should also avoid alcohol as well as operating heavy machinery. One study compared a small group of individuals taking the herb with another group of sufferers who took the widely prescribed drug Valium. No significant differences were seen between the two treatment methods.
Passionflower - This has been used as a folk remedy to treat anxiety for many generations. It has also undergone clinical studies and has been shown to be comparable to the effects of benzodiazepine drugs. This also carries the same effects of sedation as is found in valerian, and should be avoided by those nursing or pregnant. Children and those with kidney issue should not take passionflower, either.
St John’s Wort - St John’s Wort is a very popular herbal remedy for anxiety that can be found in most food and drug stores. This herb works by effect by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Like many herbal remedied, it does take several weeks of treatment for the benefits to be experienced. It has been compared to widely-used SSRI pharmaceuticals such as Lexapro, Zoloft, and Prozac.