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I’ve decided to start a series for making supplements based on their uses. In this article, we will take a look at herbs and supplements for anxiety.

Herbs & Supplements for Anxiety

Anxiety can be a challenging condition to deal with, and while supplements may help, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen. Here are some herbs that are commonly used to make supplements for anxiety:

  • Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that can help the body cope with stress and reduce anxiety.
  • Kava – Kava is a natural sedative that can be helpful for reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
  • Passionflower – Passionflower is a calming herb that can help reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve sleep.
  • Valerian root – Valerian root is a natural sedative that can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
  • Lemon balm – Lemon balm is a calming herb that can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Once you have selected the herbs you would like to use, you can make supplements in a variety of forms such as capsules, tinctures, or teas.

 

Here’s a simple recipe for making an herbal tincture:

Ingredients:

1 cup of dried herbs (such as ashwagandha, kava, passionflower, valerian root, and/or lemon balm)
2 cups of alcohol (such as vodka or brandy)

Instructions:

Combine the herbs and alcohol in a glass jar.
Seal the jar and shake it vigorously to mix the herbs and alcohol.
Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks, shaking it every day or so to ensure that the herbs are fully infused into the alcohol.
After 2-4 weeks, strain the tincture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to remove the herbs.
Transfer the tincture to a dark glass bottle and store it in a cool, dark place.
To use the tincture, add a few drops to a glass of water or juice and drink it as needed to help reduce anxiety.

Remember to always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you are taking prescription medications or have any pre-existing medical conditions.

 

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How to prep your herbs for making supplements

Preparing herbs for making supplements involves several steps to ensure that they are clean and safe to consume. Here are the basic steps for preparing herbs for making supplements:

  1. Harvesting: Harvest your herbs at the right time of day when they are at their freshest and most potent. Depending on the herb, this may be early in the morning, midday, or in the evening.

  2. Washing: Rinse the herbs thoroughly with cool water to remove any dirt, debris, or insects. Be sure to handle them gently to avoid damaging the leaves or flowers.

  3. Drying: Dry the herbs completely to prevent mold or bacterial growth. You can dry herbs in a dehydrator, by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place, or by laying them out on a screen or tray in a warm, well-ventilated area.

  4. Grinding: Grind the herbs into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. This will make it easier to mix the herbs and create consistent doses.

  5. Storage: Store the herbs in a clean, dry, airtight container away from heat, moisture, and light. This will help to preserve their potency and freshness.

When making herbal supplements, it’s important to measure your herbs carefully to ensure that you are getting the correct dosage.

I personally bought a capsule filling machine for around $40 to make taking supplements that I didn’t like the taste of easier. You can search for one that is right for you, however I found that Amazon did not have a great selection. I ended up buying this one:

Capsule Filling Machine Size 00 With 1000 Gelatin Capsules – ALL-IN Capsule (allincapsule.com)

Note: This is NOT an affiliate link, just what I bought for my needs.

It’s also important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you are taking prescription medications or have any pre-existing medical conditions.

 

Other Common Herbs to grow at home for making Supplements

Growing your own herbs at home can be a great way to make your own supplements. Here are some herbs that you may consider growing at home:

  • Basil – This popular culinary herb is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can be used to make supplements for digestion and respiratory health.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint is a natural remedy for stomach issues and can be used to make supplements for digestive health.
  • Echinacea – Echinacea is known for its immune-boosting properties and can be used to make supplements to help prevent and treat colds and flu.
  • Chamomile – Chamomile is a natural sedative and can be used to make supplements for stress relief and improved sleep.
  • Milk Thistle – Milk thistle is a liver-supportive herb that can be used to make supplements to promote liver health.
  • Sage – Sage has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to make supplements to support memory and cognitive function.
  • Garlic – Garlic is a natural antibiotic and can be used to make supplements for immune support and to fight infections.

When growing your herbs at home, it’s important to use organic methods and to ensure that the soil is rich in nutrients. Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement regimen.

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