Herbal Treatment for Essential Tremor

Updated April 17, 2017

Essential tremor is one of a wide variety of movement disorders. In individuals 65 or older, essential tremor is connected to an increased risk of contracting Alzheimer's or dementia. While a number of conventional treatments exist, mostly in the form of medications, a few natural remedies also may help treat the condition. These include the use of skullcap, German chamomile and gotu kola.


Due to its calming abilities, skullcap (or scutellaria laterifolia) has been used for centuries by people who feel stressed or overworked. Skullcap is said to improve clarity of mind and provide an equilibrium of the emotions, boosting attitude and the ability to deal with complicated or normally stress-inducing situations, like the tremors themselves. Skullcap has no known serious side effects.

German Chamomile

German chamomile (or matricaria recutita) has been used to combat the symptoms of anxiety. German chamomile has a natural calming effect, easing frustration and reducing nervous tension--helpful when pitted against the symptoms of essential tremor. Although it is rare, some people have developed allergic reactions to German chamomile that manifest as skin irritations.

Gotu Kola

Gotu kola (or centella asiatica) is said to have a natural strengthening effect on the brain and nervous system. Often used by students, gotu kola can help increase memory abilities and clarity, and stabilise emotions. The herb also improves blood flow to the brain and boosts blood circulation throughout the body. It can also help a person focus. Often, those with essential tremor require the stabilising calm that gotu kola can bring. The herb has no known serious side effects.

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