Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’


Thursday, April 8th, 2021


Valerian, Amantilla, Baldrian

Family: Valerianaceae

Medical use: Sleep-onset insomnia, weak kind uneasiness, stress or anxiety, waek sedative and painkiller, menopause, asthma, appetite-supressant

Parts: Roots

Side effect:

  • Might cause some gastrointestinal problems like vomit
  • Might cause dizziness, make reflexes weaker due to its sedative effect, therefore don drive or use any complex (dangerous) machine in first 2 hours after useing it

Drug interactions:

  • MAOI (inhibitor), sedatives, antidepressants might interact with valerian, so caffeine and warfarin (coumidine) too
  • Generally, drugs, chanced by liver would interact with it


  • Dont use under 12 age
  • Max 4 weeks
  • Dont drive in two hours after using valerian
  • Dont mix or drink together with alcohol

How to Use:


Sleep-onset insomnia, weak kind uneasiness, stress or anxiety, waek sedative and painkiller:

Tea: 2-3g grinded root, add 150ml boiled water, brew 15-20min, filter. Max 3 times a day. For sleep drink it half-one hour before going to bed.

Dry extract(3-7:1, %40-70 ethanol): Max 600mg, 3 times a day. For sleep, half-one hour before

Tincture(1:5, %70 ethanol): 30-60 drops a day, put in a glass of water to drink


Tea: 20g fine grinded root, add 200ml water in room temperature, brew 8hours, filter. Drink half hour before eat

Roots of name valerian can be based on latin ‘valere: strong’, but some other resources claims that it comes from Arabish language.

4. and 5. century before cristus, greek and roman doctors named it as Phu and used it to treat every kind of diseases, in middleage its used against plague and stimulate sexual drive, but today we know that these are just superstitions.

Poor people of north England and Scothland place a premium on valerian, because of believe in its benefits.

Some butterfly larvas feed on valerian

Content: Main effective companent is considered to be valerenic asid (effective on stress and uneasiness). Flavones (isovaleric acid [relaxant], linarin [makes sleepy], hesperidin), irodioids, some alcoholids (valerianin, valerin, actinidine, chathinine), GABA (one of main active inhibitor by mammals nervsystem


Saturday, February 27th, 2021



Midland Hawthorn, Common Hawthorn, England Hawthorn, Mayflower

Family: Rosaceae

Medical use: Palpitation, anxiety, type II congesative heart failure, sedative

Parts: Dry flower and leaf, also fruit

Side effect:

  • Few incidence of dizziness, difficulty in breathing, throb, anxiety, difficulty in sleeping are reported, but not significant

Drug interactions:

  • Heart glycosides or beta-blockers.
  • Drugs for similar treatments (drugs for heart, anxiety, arrhythmia, etc) can interact, consult a doctor.


  • If you have other kind of heart failures or other chronic disease, dont use.
  • Not under 18 age
  • Treatment should last 6 weeks. Use under doctors control.

How to Use:


Palpitation, anxiety, type II congesative heart failure, sedative:

Tea(infusion): 1-2g grinded leaf and flower mix, add 150ml boiled water, brew 15min, filter. 2-4 times a day, fresh brewd. Dont use more than 6g daily.

Dusted herb: Dry leafs and flowers, gathered together, should be taken in a soft drink or something else, 200-250 mg a dose, max 1750mg a day.

Dry fruits: 5g dry fruit daily

Fresh juice of leaf and flowers: 7ml a dose, 3 times a day.

Tincture: (1:4, %35 ethanol): 1.7g a dose, 3 times a day.

Angina Pectoris (Heart):

Tea(infusion): 10 g flower, add 150 ml boiled water, brew 20min, filter. 3 times a day.



Tea(infusion): 15 g flower, add 500 ml boiled water, brew 10min and filter. Gargle many time with it.

Since middle age it is used to treatment of heart disorders. In traditional chinese medicine it takes also an important place. First record of medical use of plant is dated 1305, its written that the doctor (Petrus de Cvescentis) of king of France has used sirup of hawthorn to treat queens gout (podagra).

Its discovered clinically that hawthorn decreases high blood presure and digests accumulated cholestrol. Its considered that it can be a alternative blood thiner with less side effect.

Content: flavonoid, vitamin C, glycoside, anthocyanin, saponin, tannin, and antioxidant, as well as phenolics (epicatechin, aglycons, and glycosides of B-type oligomeric procyanidins and flavonols; phenolic acids; and C-glycosyl, flavones)