For Anxiety: Holy Basil
A member of the mint family, holy basil has been used for thousands of years in India to lower the intensity of anxiety and stress responses. Studies show that taking holy basil at 500mg twice daily after meals has a significant effect in reducing generalized anxiety, stress and depression. The remedy costs roughly $8 and is available at vitamin and health food stores.
For Crankiness: Lemon Balm
One of the biggest causes of crankiness is being over tired. Lemon balm is used for controlling anxiety and- thanks to its mild sedative effect- it also helps improve sleep, helping to prevent sleep deprivation-related crankiness. Take about 60 drops added to water before bed. Lemon balm is sold at vitamin stores for $6.
For Nervousness: Passionflower
Nervousness is often times the culprit behind mindless eating. Passionflower is a great natural solution because it has the same properties as some prescription medicines used to promote calmness and relaxation. It can be taken in liquid or capsule form. Both cost about $10 at vitamin or health food stores. Take 2ml of this supplement three times a day.
For Stress: L-Theanine
Stress is a major contributor to belly fat because of the hormones, like cortisol, it causes your body to produce. L-Theanine is an amino acid, found in black, white and green teas, that helps you think more clearly and cope better with stress. Studies have shown that people with high anxiety experienced increased attention and improved reaction time 15-60 minutes after ingestion. You can take 200mg with a full glass of water. This supplement costs $8 and is especially great if you don’t have time to make tea or don’t like the taste.