The pressure on our professional and personal lives is increasing with each passing day. It is little wonder then that most of us end up snapping on family, friends and strangers for no purpose other than that we are irritated. Irritability or jangled nerves are not exactly a medical condition but requires treatment lest it blows into a nervous disorder like nervous breakdown. Besides, remaining irritated with the people in our lives can likely put our personal and professional relationships in jeopardy. For those of us who may not wish to use prescription medication to treat irritability, herbal remedies offer an alternative form of treatment.
Herbal Remedies For Irritability
We all drink chamomile tea to de-stress ourselves and it is no secret that the herb has a calming effect on the mind and body. In fact, the essential oils of chamomile are popularly made use of in aromatherapy to help the body relax and to remove stress and anxiety from the mind.
The herb is sold as a tincture and capsule as well but is primarily consumed in tea form because of the pleasant taste and aroma of the drink. 2-3 cups of chamomile tea will not only remove your irritability but also help your sleep better at night.
Passionflower was used during ancient times to treat conditions like muscle tension and anxiety. The herb is now used for curing insomnia as well because of its mild sedative effect. Tea prepared from passionflower provides the distressed and anxious mind the much required boost and greatly helps uplift the mind thereby reducing irritation. The herbal preparation is absolutely safe for consumption but should be used only after getting a go ahead from a medical practitioner.
Kava kava is again an herb with amazing relaxing effect. Consumption of the herb calms the mind and makes you feel better about yourself and the situations in your life. Herbal concoction prepared using kava kava reduces many mental disorders like depression, anxiety, stress, aggression, irritation and tension. No side effects of the herb have been revealed so far so it is generally considered safe for consumption though it may increase liver toxicity in some cases.
Lemon balm is an herb belonging to the mint family and has been traditionally used in the treatment of headaches and migraines. It is also used as a remedy against stress, tension and insomnia; all of which can contribute to your irritation. The herb contains an enzyme that helps increase the production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps maintain feelings of calmness in the human mind. The herb is available in tea form and 2-3 cups of lemon balm tea will keep irritation away.
There are some other herbs like hops, peppermint, lavender, St John’s wort and California poppy that are also known for de-stressing the mind and helping the body relax.
Combine the dried powdered form of these entire herbs in equal quantity and prepare an herbal concoction using the mix. Steep a teaspoon of the herbs in a cup of very hot water for 5 minutes and drink it. Consume the herbal concoction at least twice during the day.