Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the body’s reactions to long-term stress, and contributes to (and is caused by) intense worries. This can sometimes lead to generalized anxiety disorder, where anxiety begins to affect the day-to-day life of individuals. Many people experience anxiety from time to time, a constant state of worry becomes an issue.

How can I prevent anxiety?

  • Control your breathing. Slowly inhale over a handful of seconds, hold the breath, then breathe out slowly. Repeat this several times until breathing has returned to normal.
  • Hanging out in the sunshine eases anxiety and depression. Vitamin D does some amazing things for the body.
  • Hold on to something you find comforting, like a loved one.
  • Exercising shoots endorphins through the body, leading to better feelings, while nervous energy is dispelled before it can cause anxiety on something proactive.
  • Many types of herbal tea have calming properties as long as they’re non-caffeinated.
  • Avoid negative thoughts and obsessions over worst-case scenarios.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

  • Restlessness, feeling tense or on edge, irritability, impatience, and poor concentration.
  • Physical health may change, meaning an increased number of headaches, jaw pain, muscle tension, difficulty falling or staying asleep, dry mouth, fatigue, chest tightness, indigestion, bloating, and excessive sweating.

How do I get rid of anxiety?

  • Performing a quick meditation literally clears your mind of negative thoughts and other worries, and allows you to live fully in the present and focus on what you can control. Take advantage of this by learning some quick meditations that will serve you when you’re beginning to feel anxious
  • The herb passionflower is a folk remedy for anxiety and insomnia found to be comparable in effectiveness to benzodiazepine drugs.
  • Valerian is an herb typically used for insomnia but also effective for those with mild anxiety.
  • Kava is a native Polynesian herb found to have anti-anxiety effects in humans. However, the FDA has issued advisory warnings to consumers about potentially severe liver damage resulting from the use of dietary supplements containing kava.
  • Perhaps a better supplement is chamomile, popular in teas, which possesses compounds that bind to some of the same brain receptors as drugs like valium.
  • Of course, little is more relaxing than a nice, deep, therapeutic massage.
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