Effectiveness means different things to different people.
Valerian root extract is effective as a daytime sedative and for sleep, work your way up on dosage of extract (tincture or standardized extract capsules) .Not effective as a tea as hot water is poor at extracting active constituents and the heat will destroy Valerian alkaloids.
GABA as pure aminoacid with a common vitamin mix to aid in transport. See GABA complex and look for a pure amino acid form with the vitamins. Go to Lomarlabs.com for info on amino acids.
Theanine, similar to GABA ,found in tea and available in pure form.
Lemon Balm (Bee Balm) Melissa officinalis= good for anxiety and for depression, mild and nutrient rich.
Chamomille, make it stronger than normal. ##
KAVA KAVA , USE STANDARDIZED EXTRACT, SOMEWHAT LIKE BUSPAR...A DAY TIME SEDATIVE W/O SEDATION
SKULLCAP...look at a few herbals, there is more than one type. Good for Pain.
MAGNOLIA BARK, USE A STANDARDIZED EXTRACT
MISTLETOE (DANGER-LOOK INTO THIS FIRST) GOOD FOR PAIN, ARTHRITIS...
TEA (BLACK, GREEN, WHITE,...) real tea not herbal tea, has small amount of caffeine and antioxidants along with Theanine.
Caffeine is not always contraindicated. I have conducted research on caffeine and anxiety and there are at least 3 personality (biotypes) . Some people find caffeine aggitating and unpleasant, others find it calming, others find it lifts mood and increases possitive lift. Too much caffeine is different for each person, but almost everyone can get overly jazzed.
LINDEN (Tilia in spanish) relaxing and lower blood pressure.
Coffee......see Caffeine above and remember it is like but not identical to TEA.
Passion Flower Herb.........as tea (tissane), extract, caps....try it, safe, mild and often effective
HOPS Flowers....extract, tea, beer, a good standby herb to mix with other herbs.
California Poppy.....mild, a poppy but not an opium poppy. Good safety profile and some people find pain relief.
Try the herbs in teas on the grocery store shelf. SleepyTime, Relaxing, OM blend etc...they are good formulas and you can try several until you find the ones you like.
Just the act of sitting down and sipping a hot cup of herbal tea, TEA, or Coffee can become a very relaxing time-out. Take a few minutes to sip the brew in a nice cup or mug. It is nice to use this ritual (add in a few minutes meditation, breath work, daydreaming, sit outside, watch a favorite show or listen to music.......make it yours. What is in the cup, how you enjoy it, your time out!!!!!!!
More on this later......this is my field. doc Scotty
HERBS BREWED AS TEAS SHOULD BE MADE WITH A SMALL HANDFULL OF HERB OR SEVERAL TEA BAGS, USE BOILING WATER IN A TEA POT OR BOWL. LET STEEP FOR 15 MINUTES. HERBS ARE EFFECTIVE BUT THEY ARE NOT PHARMACEUTICALS! THE BOTTLE OF CAPSULES WILL GIVE YOU DOSAGE BUT IN ALMOST ALL CASES 3-5 CAPS 3-5 TIMES A DAY, 1 OR TWO CAPS WILL DO NOTHING BUT IT LOOKS BETTER TO AMERICANS' WHO ARE USED TO 1-2 CAPS/TABS etc..