Dietary supplements are natural remedies that are safe for long-term use because they are not addictive, and usually contain dry plant extract, or are an effective combination of various natural ingredients in the form of teas, drops, capsules or tablets for all forms of tension, nervousness or insomnia.
From the morning rush to the evening relaxation, life can color our days with stress. Stressful situations, depending on the intensity and frequency, can have minor or major consequences for our psychophysical health. Internal turmoil, insomnia, nervousness or tension are the daily companions of many today. It is common for some of these symptoms for more and more patients to complain to the pharmacist. In the multitude of quick solutions offered by the media, it is necessary to stop and listen to the advice of the pharmacist on what natural, effective and safe solutions he offers us to solve our problems.
Fear, worry and anxiety are completely normal human feelings. However, if we are exposed to stress for a long period of time and these feelings prevail, it can leave a deeper mark on our mental and physical health. Symptoms such as tension occur, often accompanied by chronic fatigue and insomnia. Additionally, nervousness in contact with the environment is possible.
Mood swings, if they persist, can progress to a more severe clinical condition, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder.
Unfortunately, the presence of some of these symptoms in most adults is not uncommon. The numerous responsibilities and the faster pace of life, in which we try to do our best, bring us to a phase of constant exhaustion and if we do not find a solution in time, over time it can change into one of the serious mental states. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 16.6% of the population have symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, while 22% of people suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives.
We find solutions to the mentioned symptoms in the domains of psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy. Pharmacology also offers solutions to relieve symptoms, but certainly not to address the causes of the problem. However, a large percentage of people at some point in their lives still use sedatives. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used drugs in smaller doses during the day to reduce anxiety, and in larger doses at night for faster sleep.
On the other hand, nature offers us a healing alternative to the mentioned symptoms and ailments. Natural preparations have clinically proven effectiveness, while not developing addiction, they are safer and more effective for long-term use.
Dietary supplements, which can be obtained from pharmacies without a prescription, usually contain a dry extract of some plants or can be a combination of different natural ingredients. We find them in the form of teas, drops, capsules or tablets and their use is indicated for all forms of tension, nervousness or insomnia. It is necessary to mention the main natural raw materials, which we can use alone or in combination as a medicine.
Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) is a plant that is widely used as a strong sedative and anxiolytic. It is successfully used in the treatment of insomnia, as it accelerates sleep and reduces the frequency of waking up at night.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus) have long been known as a mild anxiolytic, and female flowers are used. Beer lovers are well aware of the calming effect of hops extract. Due to the presence of phytosterols, hops should be avoided by pregnant women and children under 2 years.
Passiflora (Passiflora Incarnata) is used as a sedative in insomnia caused by excessive care, mental or physical exhaustion. An excellent sedative with a large therapeutic width, so it can be used by children.
California poppy (Eschscholzia Californica) is used as a herbal sedative and analgesic to treat insomnia, nervousness or chronic anxiety caused by a painful condition. Used at bedtime, it relatively quickly induces a state of sleep and improves its quality.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and mint (Mentha piperita) due to their easy calming effect are widely used. They are mostly used in the form of tea mixtures, although they can also be auxiliary components in combined phytopreparations. These plants have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects, so they are suitable for nervousness accompanied by tension of internal organs.
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant that is widely used in traditional medicine. However, it acts as an antidepressant, improves alertness and improves mood. The use of St. John’s wort in tension, nervousness and insomnia is contradictory.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a plant whose essential oil has a calming effect, relaxes peripheral nerves and skeletal muscles. A massage with lavender oil and a warm relaxing bath enriched with fragrant essences is recommended.