Passionflower incarnata also known as passion flower is an excellent natural tranquilizer because this plant, in addition to being easy to find, has strong sedative properties that help calm anxiety and promote sleep, leaving the person calmer, serene and peaceful.
However, there are many other plants that also have similar actions, decreasing anxiety and nervousness. Other examples include:
Valerian: its root has a calming and sleep stimulating action, so it is very indicated in cases of agitation, insomnia, phobia or anxiety
St. John’s Wort or St John’s Wort: it is a good restorative for the nervous system and anti-depressant, and can be used in the treatment of depression, anxiety and nervous agitation
Chamomile: has a calming action on the digestive and nervous system, creating a feeling of harmony, which helps to calm states of agitation and nervousness
Linden: has calming properties, helping to treat nervous system disorders such as excessive stress, anxiety and hysteria
Melissa or lemon balm: has a calming action and can be used in case of sleep disturbances, nervousness and anxiety
Lavender: it is rich in coumarin and essential oils that have calming and relaxing properties, acting against nervous tension
It is possible to make tea from all these plants, however there are also dietary supplements in tablet form available in health food stores, supermarkets and some pharmacies. Generally, supplements should be recommended by a herbalist or nutritionist to know what the best dose is. Supplements work well for long-term relief of symptoms, reducing the onset of anxiety attacks, for example.
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How to make a soothing tea
To make tea, select one of the plants with a calming effect and then add 1 sachet, or 20 grams of the plant, to 1 cup of boiling water for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, the tea can be taken 2-3 times throughout the day or before stressful situations.
In case you need a tranquilizer to sleep, the most suitable tea is valerian, as it increases the levels of melatonin, which are important for inducing sleep. In this case, the tea should be taken 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime, and during this period, you should avoid watching television or using another electronic device, such as a cell phone. See all the tips to treat insomnia and sleep better.
The main advantage over tranquilizers sold at the pharmacy is the fact that they do not cause side effects or dependence. However, and although they can be purchased without a prescription, they should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or herbalist, especially regarding their dosage, as some of these herbs when consumed in excess can be toxic.
Natural Soothing Pills
Some examples of natural tranquilizers in pills are the following herbal medicines:
These herbal medicines, despite being composed of natural substances, should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or a herbalist or nutritionist, although they can be purchased without a prescription. They have calming properties that act on the brain to calm the individual due to their sedative action.
Natural options for pregnant women
Natural tranquilizers for pregnant women can only be used under the guidance of the obstetrician who is performing prenatal care and in case of extreme need, as they may cause side effects or be unsafe for the baby. A good natural tranquilizer that can be used by pregnant women and that has no contraindications is the natural passion fruit juice.
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Natural Options for Babies
A good natural tranquilizer for babies is chamomile tea with fennel, which, in addition to calming, promotes sleep and helps fight gases that cause colic, especially in the first months of a child’s life.
There is a food supplement called funchicorea that contains these medicinal plants and can be used as a natural tranquilizer for babies and newborns, but although it can be purchased without a prescription, it should only be used with the knowledge of the child’s pediatrician.
Another natural tranquilizer option for babies over 6 months old, who have already started a diversified diet, is the natural passion fruit juice. Simply blend the pulp of 1 passion fruit with 1 cup of water in a blender, strain and then offer the baby or child about half a cup.