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Sometimes, without an apparent motif, unpleasant feelings come to our lives: anxiety, anguish, fears, bad thoughts begin to plague you. They are chaotic and confused feelings that do not give us peace, but are also moments from which we can spontaneously re-emerge. But you have to be careful because in these cases you can make mistakes that transform an episode into something lasting, on an occasion of suffering that accompanies you for a long time.
A closer look at anxiety disorders
Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling of alertness to everything around us. Usually the state of anxiety leads to an over-fear of the actual situation and also involves people around the subject affected by anxiety. The symptoms are nervousness, apprehension, insomnia, palpitations, sadness, stomach cramps, and appetite. To restore a proper balance, there are effective natural remedies.
Anxiety is an emotion experienced by an increasing number of people. The rhythm of stressful life, the uncertainty of the future, the various difficulties and personal fears do nothing but worsen the situation and in some cases lead to real anxiety attacks. Unlike the common anxiety that occurs from time to time and can be kept under control, anxiety attacks are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Whoever suffers or experienced this feeling knows how to compromise the overall quality of life, because the fear that the attack is re-emerging is strong and does nothing but increase the problem.
Some specialists recommend people suffering from anxiety attacks to use natural remedies. Depending on the symptoms, a homeopathy doctor or herbalist will be able to study the best remedy to relieve the annoyances of this emotional manifestation. It will always be the specialist doctor in the field to indicate the best remedy, also based on any medication taken in parallel.
Often underestimated, nutrition can work well on stress. Through the food we take or not take we can relieve anxiety and panic. First, avoid all the drinks that are rich in caffeine or alcohol. They rather prefer the consumption of herbal teas and homemade juices. Healthy and balanced nutrition is at the heart of everything but in the case of anxiety attacks it is good to evaluate whether there is also a deficiency of vitamin E, magnesium and calcium. If so, we will have to choose the foods that are rich in the micronutrients you miss out on.
Reduce the consumption of artificial sugar and prefer honey that is a natural sweetener. Increase your fruit consumption; thanks to the presence of fibers, water and sugars fruit gives the body much energy.
Anxiety attacks can be confused with panic attacks. This is because the symptoms are in fact very similar, though in the case of anxiety, they are milder and do not lead to a real detachment of reality. But those who live in the crisis find it difficult to objectively assess what the problem is. If you think you will suffer, a specialist can help you understand what it is and suggest the best solutions. Those who have never experienced anxiety attacks have difficulty believing that they can cause physical maladies. Yet these are so intense that they do not leave any doubt about the person who lives them: anxiety is so real to create a strong feeling of pain, an intense sweating, dizziness, nausea and, in some cases, asphyxia. Often these symptoms are associated with a particular occurrence. The person is captured by such a strong and intense emotion that he does not believe he can handle and so anxiety begins to invade body and mind.
The alleged causes of anxiety are never true. The mistake that we can make, when we find an unmotivated anxiety, is to try to understand it, to explain it. When the chaos of anxiety attack sets in, you immediately try to bring it to order, to “normalize it”, to treat it, in order to make it disappear as soon as possible. How do most people do it? With two wrong operations: as we said, they seek a cause that is the basis of those unpleasant feelings; second, they identify it in an event, or in a person, or in a situation that has happened to us or, to the limit, in ourselves, in our own shortage. “When I fight with my kid, I feel in the throws of anguish: and if I had it all wrong? Maybe I was too selfish? Maybe I was not a good father. I would never forgive myself if I were him,” and so on. “That’s right, since my husband left me, I had never moved on again, he was the light of my life, and now the life has lost sense. My anxiety has started from there.” And again: “I did not do anything important in life, just useless things, and every now and then, when I ponder on it or realize it, it’s like a revelation: I’m anxious and I’m sick until I can distract myself. But this is worse because I do not solve anything!”, And so on. As we can see from the examples, identifying “the cause of the discomfort” means putting our lives on the counters’ bench to judge what went wrong. We look at ourselves with the cool look of rational analysis. Actually looking for the cause of the soul’s pain can feel worse than the aches themselves. The “cause” is but a brutal simplification of the complexity of the inner world, which is not based on cause-effect law.
Anxiety also has its benefits. Those who suffer from anxiety, panic, fear, and so on are experiencing a particular moment: on the one hand, they are clinging to an image of themselves, to an over-rigid order of their own life. On the other hand, the psyche, from within, seeks to break down that order, destroying it through the chaos. The latter thus plays a positive function: internal discomforts comes because we have lost our way, and the psyche wants to restore the inner balance. If we listen to them they will go. By giving in to the intuitions, impressions and images that are formed in us, we can actually realize that the pain passes more rapidly than expected. If we lose time explaining our discomfort, we will not only make them useless, but make them habitual.
Most used natural remedies for anxiety
There is then that form of anxiety completely unknown and seemingly unmanageable, which comes from the unconscious. In this case, it is more difficult to rationalize what attracts us, as it is something that avoids any possible identification. Thus, excluding the pathological causes of psychiatric origin, which are not of hereditary relevance, when people experience this emotional state, the fundamental element is the negative perception we receive from both the brain as discomfort, worry, malaise and tension as well as from the body, given the psychosomatic disorders to which anxiety can give rise.
To combat anxiety and stress, there are very effective natural remedies. Below, you will find some of the major herbal remedies to handle anxious states by using Bach Flowers and herbal solutions.
Natural antidepressants used in phytotherapy for the treatment of biological anxiety are plants that help to combat sadness, regulate mood and stabilize mood. The flavonoids of the hypericum exert an antidepressant and sedative action. They are obtained solely from dry extract or mother tincture; In particular, hypericin inhibits two enzymes responsible for the deactivation of various central nervous system mediators (serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline) and increases night-time melatonin secretion, helping against insomnia. It is also able to increase serum serotonin levels, similarly to certain antidepressants. Several studies have shown that the hypericum extract restricts the reabsorption of two other neuroreceptors called noradrenaline and dopamine that play an important role in depression, mood swings during menopause, seasonal depression, and periods of nerve exhaustion.
Rhodium produces an increased plasma concentration of beta-endorphins, which can prevent hormonal changes in stress.
Gryphon seeds contain 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP), a precursor of serotonin, which is involved in various physiological functions in our body. By boosting serotonin levels, griffon is able to improve the tone of mood, sexuality, sleep quality; Favors the control of the threshold of pain; And helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature regulation, appetite, thus eliminating anxiety and depression.
Even through diet, we can integrate foods and substances that contain mineral salts and vitamins with antidepressant action. Spirulina, maca or pollen, in addition to seasonal fruit and vegetables, are rich sources of vitamin B vitamins and magnesium, essential nutrients in serotonin production, and for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
For an introduction, among the ansiolytic plants for anxiety we can cite:
- Valerian, (Valeriana officinalis) regulates nervousness and sleep. Valerian is contraindicated in pregnancy and during lactation and cannot be used simultaneously with synthesis barbiturates.
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) as it acts as antispastic, sedative and anxiolytic
- Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) is ideal when anxiety occurs with palpitations, hyperexcitability, hypertension
- Melissa (Melissa officinalis) when anxiety manifests itself in particular with gastric pain and abdominal colic
- John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) has a powerful antidepressant function. The herb is photo-sensitizing and cannot be associated with antidepressant therapies with synthetic drugs.
Below you will find out more about these major players in herbal anxiety medication and other herbal remedies for this condition, with detailed application instructions.
Bach flowers against anxiety
Among Bach Flowers to counter anxious states we find Rescue Remedy, made up of 5 different flowers by Dr Bach. Sufficient doses are enough and are considered “emergency” to relieve fear. A similar effect can also be given to Rock Rose, while Cherry Plum helps keep control and Aspen relieves those immature terrorists that can strike at any time.
Agrimony is the remedy for the anxiety caused by an inner torment that is hidden from others, who masking with a cheerful facade problems to avoid exposing the inner turmoil and anxety. In discussions such individuals always try to avoid confrontation and be accommodating, fearing not being accepted, loved, and remaining alone. Agrimony helps manage problems without hiding them, giving serenity and optimism in dealing with them.
Walnut is the remedy for the anxiety caused by the change or the pressure the world exerts on us. Divorce, separation, relocation, job change, etc. are all situations that can be sustained by the Bach flower intake, which helps in the moments in which breaking old bonds, associations and lifestyles can cause anxiety, instability, confusion and uncertainty about the decisions taken. Walnut gives constancy; decision and determination; mental openness to change; ability to change habits without regrets.
White Chestnut is the remedy for anxiety caused by circular thoughts, to which we find no solution. This remedy is effective in cases when an individual is overwhelmed by an exhausting and chaotic thinking process which cannot be channeled. Such individuals tend to replay the obsessively traumatic past traces of seeking solutions, but finds that he only relives negative experiences. They may suffer from tic nervous headaches of tense origin and insomnia. The remedy helps to keep obsessive thoughts away and to curb the continuous work of the mind, encouraging relaxation and peace.
Aspen is the remedy for anxiety caused by indefinite fears. This remedy helps those who are always restless and apprehensive, who are afraid of vague dangers (the unknown, the dark) and they experience a fearless explanation. They are living in the expectation of an imminent catastrophe, a disastrous ruin, under a constant threat, of foul and immature pretences. Despite the extreme sensitivity (often medium or sensitivities) that allows him to impart deep information about the surrounding world, the treated individual will look boldly into the unknown, will shake the shadows of the imagination, and overcome the anguish and fears.
Elm is the remedy for anxiety caused by excessive responsibility. This type of anxiety is suffered by those who never lay back or, in the face of an emergency, does not let themselves get frustrated by the fatigue, but end up taking too much on themselves, going to an overload that leads to collapse. The flower will reduce anxiety by teaching to indulge oneself, help manage the stress and charge him or her energetically.
Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera) is the remedy for anxiety from anticipation. It helps to fight eh type of inner anxiety that makes a person easily distracted at traffic lights, in front of queues, because he has the fear of losing their time and not sleeping at night because he thinks what he should do the next day. The flower helps loosen the spasmodic tension and teaches to accept the natural flow of life and its timing
Scleranthus is the remedy for anxiety caused by indecision between two possibilities. A person who suffers from oscillating from extremity to the other, and anxious to uncertainty, is indecisive, insecure, constantly swings between two opposites, two alternatives or two possibilities will benefit from this anxiety remedy. The flower helps to reset the scale of values and priorities and in this way is able to make a decision
Red Chestnut is the remedy for anxiety that comes from the fear that something bad can happen to your loved ones. This flower is useful for those who consider life a threat and, forgetting themselves and their own needs, fears and cares only for the health of others, with loss of balance and serenity. The flower allows to let go of control anxiety, and make hyperprotection more rational.
Valerian infusions are recommended by some herbalists in case of mild anxiety attacks or those who cannot sleep because of too many precautions. Before you start using valerian, however, contact a specialist because valerian can not be taken together with certain types of medication and you must avoid alcohol. Among the natural remedies against the most common and effective anxiety attacks we find hawthorn, taken in the doses and in the ways recommended by the doctor. It helps those who suffer from palpitations and acts both on the body and the mind.
Take 30 drops of valerian mother tincture diluted in a little water 2 or 3 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. Valerian is well-suited for treating anxiety states.
Take 30 drops of mother dye in little water 3 times a day. Melissa is indicated in anxiety states where gastrointestinal disorders are also present.
Passionflower performs a sedative action of the central nervous system with calming and anxiolytic effects. The type of activity practiced by this plant is similar to synthesizers, since it possesses receptors common to benzodiozepines, but without producing the side effects of narcotic drugs that these drugs can give. The herb instead contains 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP) which is the precursor of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for many functions in the human body including mood, sleep and appetite. The dry extract of the seeds of this plant increases serotonin levels by benefiting on anxiety and stress.
Take 30 drops of passionflower mother tincture diluted in half a glass of water 3 times daily for 2-3 months cycles. Passionflower is known for its sedative properties, reduces stress and anxiety.
Lavender, sandalwood, patchouli, incense, sage and chamomile remedy
In case of panic attacks, drop one of these essential oils on a handkerchief and breathe deeply. They will help calm you down and relax.
Herbal tea with lavender and passionflower
This herbal tea has been specially designed to diminish and combat stress, a problem we increasingly have to deal with. If you are in a particularly stressful period, this herbal tea can be your go-to homemade fix for anxiety. The antistress herbal tea with lavender and passionflower reduces the stress by acting on the nervous system and, if drunk in the evening, reconciles sleep. Lavender and passionflower are two of the most popular and used relaxing and antistress. It is recommended that you drink 2 or 3 cups a day of this herbal tea as an excellent antistress, or 1 cup in the evening to restore your sleep.
Boil a pot of water; When the water bubbles, turn off the heat and add 1 tablespoon of herbal mix. Leave in infusion for 5/6 minutes. Pour the infusion into a cup (filtering the herbs) and drink it still hot. You can prepare 1 liter to drink during the day. In this case, take 15 grams of herbal mix in 1 liter of water, and proceed as described above.
Chamomile and melissa infusion
Chamomile and melissa are the calming plants used for anxiety, as they act on the muscular system, resting anxious and nervous tension, through relaxation of the muscles. They are therefore useful for their spasmolytic activity in gastrointestinal disorders of neurovegetative origin such as spastic colitis, irritable bowel, gastritis and meteorism.
Lily and hawthorn
Lily and hawthorn: they act as hypotensive and are therefore best suited to those who somatize anxiety by developing tachycardia, palpitations, arrhythmias and high blood pressure. It also contains effective remedies calm the anxious states of the elderly and children in the forms of gemmoderms, respectively, crataegus oxyacantha and tominosa tilia.
Take 20 drops of mother tincture in little water 2-3 times a day. If the anxiety state is strong, increase the dose. Take for 2 months cycles followed by a month of pause.
Herbal essences for anxiety
Unlike other senses, olfactory stimuli are the only ones to pass directly into the cerebral cortex without being filtered from the talamo receptor center for a preliminary analysis. The aromatic molecules that spread in the air thus reach the upper part of the nasal cavities. Here, olfactory cells, once stressed, transform the chemical stimulus into electrical impulses which in turn stimulate the centers of smell. This explains why a smell or a scent can instantly summon very vivid memories of experiences that have lived a long time ago, much more intense than the one conjured up by an image or sound.
For this reason, the use of essential oils is very useful in the treatment of depression, anxiety, emotional disturbances and mood disorders. The most suitable for their antidepressant action are: the essential oil of orange, bergamot, neroli, sage, cinnamon and cypress.
Lavender essential oil
Essential oil of lavender, its heart note, is the relaxing essence of antonomasia: if inhaled, it exercises a balancing action of the central nervous system, being both tonic and sedative. This herb calm anxiety, agitation, nervousness and relieves headaches and disorders caused by stress. It helps to sleep in the event of insomnia.
Essential oil of neroli
Essential oil of neroli, heart note, is indicated after mental fatigue and psychic tensions, against fear, anxiety disorders, depression and calm thoughts in times of confusion. It brings peace to the heart, cheerfulness and consoling optimism. In afflictions it helps us relieve the weight. It strengthens us in situations where we do not see way out. It exerts an effective calming action in the event of emotional turmoil, nervousness, insomnia, hypertension, tachycardia, and stress. Neroli treats sleep disorders and is very useful in case of over-emphasized children and who fall asleep with difficulty.
Lemon essential oil
The heart note of lemon essential oil is soothing on the psyche and nervous system, if inhaled, it helps in the case of anxiety disorders, nervousness that causes headaches or insomnia and memory disorders. Lemon prevents blocks of the sympathetic nervous system, stimulates parasympathetic functions. It empowers, infuses courage and determination. When you are forced to undergo oppressions, persecutions and grievances of various nature, it helps to get rid of the accompanying anxiety.
Orange essential oil
The properties and benefits of sweet orange essential oil in remedying anxiety are notable: the oil has an antispasmodic and relaxing action on the muscle and is therefore indicated in case of muscle tension, as it helps to overcome fatigue and stress. Its calming copes with nervous disorders, depression, anxiety and nervousness.
The essential oil of bitter orange is a known fat burning, it helps metabolism, is a good antispasmodic, cures insomnia and nervous disorders. Diffused in the air, the essence of bitter orange helps keep off negative thoughts, encourages relaxation and good humor, favors calmness and energy; it is both tonic and sedative.
Essential bergamot oil is very useful in aromatherapy to fight the feelings of sadness and melancholy. It is widely used for stimulating good humor: in aromatherapy, the essence of bergamot is used to divert feelings of sadness and melancholy. Bergamot extract is recognized as energizing and tonic properties on the central nervous system. In this case, it is also possible to make aromatic baths with added bergamot essences.
Bergamot has a calming and relaxing action: the essence of bergamot acts by calming anxiety and countering insomnia. It promotes relaxation because it cuts emotional and mental states of agitation. We recommend that you use a few drops of bergamot in the burners together with lavender and sweet orange. This mix will help you relax and favor your children’s sleep.
Spreading of bergamot oil in the environment as an air purifier, you can add a few drops of essential bergamot oil in the burning pot, perhaps along with a few drops of lemon and eucalyptus. During the winter season, bergamot drops can be added to the hot water heaters. You can also avail of aromatic baths with bergamot: add a few drops of essential bergamot oil in the bath salts. About 150 g of salts are enough for twenty drops of essence. Stay immersed in hot water for at least twenty minutes to benefit from its extraordinary aromatherapy properties. Body massages with bergamot oil fight anxiety. For revitalizing and energizing massages, we suggest adding a vegetable oil, some drops of bergamot: for 50 ml of oil, for example almonds or jojoba, you can add a total of 5-6 drops.
Cypress essential oil
The essential cypress oil is obtained from Cupressus sempervirens, a plant of the Cupressaceae family. It is known for its many properties, it performs an expectorant action, and is useful for the circulatory system and cough and cellulite. Cypress is a major antidepressant among nature’s own cures: if inhaled, has a general rebalancing action on the nervous system, softens the changes and helps overcome anxiety, panic and depression.
For environmental diffusion of cypress oil, take 1 g of essential cypress oil per square meter of the environment where it is spread by means of a burner of essential oils or in the water of the humidifiers of the radiators to transmit serenity. Alternatively, take a toning bath: 10 gc in the bath water, emulsify by shaking the water strongly, then immerse it for 10 minutes for the oil to produce its anti-anxiety action. For internal use, take maximum of 1-2 drops on a teaspoon of honey after a meal.
Sage essential oil
Sage essential oil is obtained from Salvia sclarea, a plant of the Labiatae family. Known for its many properties, it performs a relaxing, purifying and healing action, useful against asthma, menstrual pain and alopecia. Sage essential oil is a potent relaxing agent: if inhaled causes calm and serenity in presence in the presence of stress, nervousness, anxiety, fear, paranoia. It is a great support to overcome middle-aged and menopausal crises, for people who no longer dare to take a stand against life’s circumstances, feel resigned, exhausted or are anxious about being “too old” and live in a state of depression. It acts emotionally, reviving the will to life and action. The oil of sage infuses courage to carry out creative projects or to undertake examinations. It can be used as environmental diffusion: 1 g of essential sage oil per sq m of the environment where it is spread by means of essential oil burner or in the humidifiers of the radiators. For a relaxing bath with sage oil, prepare the water by adding 8 drops of sage essence and remain immersed for at least a quarter of an hour.
Cinnamon essential oil to remedy anxiety
The essential oil of cinnamon is extracted from the bark of young, about three years old Cinnamomum zeylanicum of the Lauracee family using the steam distillation method by which a dark yellow liquid emits a spicy fragrance and sweet. In Ayurvedic medicine it was used as a remedy against impotence and its heat and digestive virtues linked to the fire element. Certainly, cinnamon, for its aroma, is one of the most used spices in the kitchen to flavor sweets and typically oriental foods; its characteristic scent makes it ideal for infusions and perfuming cosmetic products. There are two types of cinnamon; the most famous is that of Ceylon and is also used to extract essential oil. The other species is of Chinese origin and is spread in Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Cinnamon essential oil if inhaled exerts a stimulating action on the nervous system. It promotes creativity and inspiration. It warms the heart and gives a startling feeling of “home,” helps in coldness, depression, loneliness, and fear. For toning properties it helps against the sense of fatigue and asthenia because it speeds up breathing and heartbeat. Heat and passion are two elements that go hand in hand and the cinnamon brings them together in its essence. In fact, since antiquity it is considered an essential aphrodisiac oil, because in contact with the skin it stimulates the blood circulation and for this reason it is used to perform delicate and sensual massages on the whole body. The oil can be used for a relaxing massage or as a bath salt addon.