Mild anxiety is an ordinary human emotion that everyone experiences at some time in his or her life. Anxiety is often associated with everyday external factors such as finances, relationships and work, or what is probably the most common of all anxiety-inducing events, public speaking. Anxiety can also be associated with internal states such as chronic stress, which affects the endocrine system’s regulation of stress hormones and with depression, which itself appears to be linked to stress hormones. Whatever the cause, there are options for dealing with mild anxiety. Herb Pharm’s new Anxiety Soother™ compound can be a helpful addition during those times when you are experiencing mild anxiety.
As the name implies, this formula is specifically designed to lend soothing support in occasional and mild anxiety.* This formula brings together five important herbs, each from a different world region and each with roots in different herbal traditions:
Kava (Piper methysticum) is one of our most effective herbal allies in treating anxiety. It reduces mild anxiety and associated states such as stress and frustration,* inducing a state of calm in the user. This newfound tranquility brings perspective to one’s surroundings rather than spiraling into anxiety-driven reaction. As the lead ingredient of Anxiety Soother, Kava imparts a fast and profound psychological effect to the user.
Our Kava is grown in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Here, Kava has been cultivated and consumed by the native people, or Ni-Vanuatu, for over 3,000 years. It is grown according to ancient tradition in small, chemical-free village gardens. We use only the root and rhizome, never stem or leaf. And we always use noble varieties of Kava with their telltale kavalactone ratios, never two-day kava or other inferior cultivars. Kava has been associated with very rare cases of liver toxicity. However, despite the continuing efforts of researchers, no causative factor or toxic mechanism has been identified in Kava to date. Because of the association, the standard cautions for Kava apply to Anxiety Soother. In part, the formula should not be used by pregnant women, individuals under the age of 18, in impaired liver function or disease or in conjunction with alcoholic beverages or pharmaceutical drugs. See the label peel-out panel for the full caution.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is the certified organic flowering herb from this showy vine, often cultivated for its strikingly beautiful flowers. Passionflower is native from the southeastern United States through Mexico and into South America. The renowned Eclectic Prof. Ellingwood included these in his specific indications for Passionflower, “…disturbed sleep from mental worry, and exhaustion from cerebral fullness and from excitement…” A 2008 study confirmed this old use, showing that Passionflower reduces anxiety in pre-operative patients. Today, the herb has a well-deserved and widespread reputation as a calmative, sedative and antispasmodic as well as anxiolytic.*
Our Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri ) consists of the certified organic aerial parts of this diminutive Indian plant. Bacopa is in the category of medicines known as “nootropics” (pronounced no-tropics). These are medicinal agents that increase cognitive function and cerebral circulation and improve memory. Highly esteemed in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, Bacopa has been in use as a brain and nerve tonic for over a millennium. As a traditional remedy, Bacopa is used in Anxiety Soother to reduce anxiety, depression and the negative effects of chronic stress.*
Albizia (Albizia julibrissin), also known as Silk Tree, Mimosa and Happiness Bark, comes to us from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Our Albizia is sourced primarily from the southern U.S., where it has become an invasive plant. In Chinese medicine it is incorporated in the class of herbs that “nourish the heart and calm the spirit.” We employ the stem bark to assist in alleviating nervous system disorders such as mental stress and anxiety, irritability, depression, anger, mood swings, grief, sadness and heartache.*
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is native to the Mediterranean region and comes to us from European herbal tradition. Our Lavender tincture is made from certified organic flowers grown in Provence, France. We use only the flowers, without superfluous stem. Lavender’s reputation for calming and lifting the spirit as well as alleviating worry and anxiety is well established. Thornton’s 1814 Family Herbal says of Lavender that it is, “…used in hysteria, lowness, and other nervous affections.” Recently, oral Lavender essential oil is being used in European phytotherapy for treatment of sub-syndromal anxiety, a use confirmed by clinical trials.* To our Lavender flower tincture we add a steam-distilled (solvent-free) essential oil of Lavender flower to further increase the essential oil content.
Combating mild anxiety is best achieved through a multifaceted approach. As with all natural healing, a healthy lifestyle is paramount in minimizing anxiety. This includes the basics of good diet, proper exercise and adequate rest. Herbally, Anxiety Soother can be a helpful tool in managing this common problem. And, Stress Manager™ may be a beneficial adjunct to Anxiety Soother, helping to address the effects of stress that may exacerbate anxiety.* If you experience anxiety that is interfering with your daily life or involves attacks of anxiety or panic, consult your healthcare practitioner.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.