In 1611, Mattioli the herbalist wrote a curious summary regarding the benefits of anxiety and borage oil, "It strengthens the heart and vital spirit, takes away anxiety, depression and grief." Borage has been known for thousands of years in the Mediterranean region and middle-east for its calming and anti-anxiety effects. Many centuries later, scientific studies are discovering that borage oil may help in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
Valerian root is often referred to as "nature's Valium." In fact, this herb has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep. The root portion has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years. Interestingly, the name "valerian" is derived from the Latin verb valere, which means "to be strong" or "to be healthy." Valerian root contains a number of compounds that may promote sleep and reduce anxiety.
L-theanine is an amino acid found most commonly in tea leaves and in small amounts in Bay Bolete mushrooms. Research indicates that L-theanine promotes relaxation without drowsiness. Many people take L-theanine to help ease stress and unwind.
Ashwagandha, or withania somnifera, is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Ashwagandha contains chemicals that helps calm the brain and mildly lower blood pressure. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, and helps the body resist physical and mental stress. Indeed, research from 2021 shows that ashwagandha can reduce stress and anxiety.
Magnesium is an element found in nature, and plays a vital role in diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.