Natural remedies against anxiety

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The hectic pace of day to day life, small (or large) everyday worries are the main causes of a disorder commonly referred to as anxiety. Who has never suffered from anxiety at least once in his life?

It is normal to feel anxious from time to time, and in most cases we can keep it under control. However, feeling continually stressed to the point of no longer being able to relax, may be a symptom of chronic stress. Especially if there is no genuine problem causing the stress, it is a serious concern indeed.

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A person suffering from anxiety usually manifests the following signs: nervousness, lack of concentration, tension, restlessness, insomnia, panic, persistent irritability. It is necessary to deal with the problem and take appropriate measures. A first step towards healing is to find a balance between body and mind. Seek help from some natural remedies against anxiety that are known to be effective, and avoid using sedatives and drugs, which can be more deleterious to health.

Nature provides us with many herbs and medicinal plants with calming, relaxing and sedative properties, ideal for relieving the main symptoms of anxiety. Similarly, aromatherapy with essential oils may relieve muscular and nervous tension; it can be an excellent remedy for relaxation. These potions keep us calm and ward off the onset of stress disorders. Let us see in detail the most natural remedies to fight against anxiety.

Two herbal sedatives have been proven effective against stress: linden and chamomile. These infusion should be taken before going to sleep. They relax the body and mind, and generate an antiseptic, analgesic and disinfectant property, thus facilitating the expulsion of toxins and intestinal gas. Infuse a tablespoon of dried chamomile and linden  in a cup of hot water just before you go to bed and you will be amazed by the results.

Even more effective are passionflower and valerian, two herbs widely used in herbal medicine to fight against anxiety, insomnia and against all medical conditions which poison the central nervous system. Passionflower in particular is well known for its calming and sedative natural properties. You can prepare your  infusion of passionflower using 2 tablespoons of dried extracts; drink twice a day. The sedative effect of valerian is slightly milder; you will find this extract in herbal shops in the form of tea, capsule and tincture. In both cases, be very aware of the possible side effects and interactions with other medicines. Consult your herbalist or your regular doctor before taking them.

Among the most effective remedies for panic attacks, agitation or anxiety, St. John’s wort and hawthorn, rank high as natural antidepressants. St. John’s Wort promotes the secretion of melatonin, while hawthorn has a proven calming effect on the cardio-circulatory system. It is indeed recommended in case of palpitations and tachycardia. Their terms of absorption and doses should be assessed by a specialist, depending on specific requirements.

In aromatherapy, essential oils of geranium, lavender, sandalwood, cypress, lemon balm, jasmine and rose are also recommended to fight against anxiety. These oils can be used as massage lotions, in the bath water, or directly in aroma diffusers.

Bach flowers known for their soothing property are Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Star of Bethelhem. It is advisable to follow this method based on small doses; it allows you to control your stress and your panic attacks or other serious anxiety state.

In addition to these natural remedies, mainly based on the use of flowers and herbs, it is important to quit unhealthy habits and adopt a healthy diet and a proper lifestyle. Try to avoid foods and drinks that might heighten insomnia or stress, such as coffee and alcohol. Increase,  instead, your intake of vitamins B and E, calcium and magnesium.

Aerobic and sports in general are the best allies to combat anxiety and negative emotional states that produce stress and muscle tension. Jogging and swimming are especially recommended to relieve tension and establish psychological wellness while improving the quality of night’s sleep.

Last tip: think positive, have an optimistic approach to life, face problems with determination. The best remedy is indeed a good dose of self-esteem and the desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

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