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10 Easy All Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Oh no, here it comes again! Those anxious feelings about (take your pick here) money, family, love, health, work, or whatever it is that brings you anxiety. Your heart starts racing, your breath is rapid and shallow, you are imaging all the terrible things that are about to happen and you can’t do anything about it, if you only could find a way to relax!
Whether you are experiencing a full blown anxiety attack or if you are simply freaking out a little, your first thoughts might be that you need some prescription med’s. But don’t go that route yet. There are many safe, all natural remedies for anxiety that might help you. Some take a few weeks, others work right away, but before you call your doctor, check out our list of the top 10 anxiety remedies that don’t require a prescription.
If you are feeling anxious or jittery, sometimes all it takes is a cup of chamomile tea to calm you down. There are compounds in chamomile that stick to the same brain receptors as Valium does. You might also want to consider taking a supplement. The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center conducted a study where patients with generalized anxiety disorder took chamomile supplements for 2 months. At the end of that time, they stated that they had a significant decrease in their anxiety levels when compared to those who only took a placebo.
2. Eat More Omega-3’s
Many people think fish oil is only good for their heart but they are also good at protecting you from both depression and anxiety (Find out benefits of fish oil). Experts will tell you that you should get your omega-3’s from food when you can. Oily, cold water fish are your best source of omega-3’s, fish like wild salmon and sardines.
The completely safe but totally intoxicating scent of lavender might be considered an emotional anti-inflammatory. A study done in Greece with dental patients showed that they felt much less anxiety if the waiting room was scented with lavender. Another study, done in Florida, had students inhale lavender before an exam. They, too, stated that they felt much less anxiety during their test.
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No, it’s not an aphrodisiac, no matter what the name implies; it’s a sedative. The government in Germany has approved its use for nervous restlessness. Studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety symptoms just as effectively as prescription drugs. Passionflower is also commonly used for insomnia.
Since passionflower is a powerful sedative, don’t take it with other sedative herbs or if you are taking a prescription. Also, since passionflower builds up in the body, don’t take it for more than one month at a time.
5. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as improve sleep. One study involved healthy participants who took a 600mg of lemon balm stated that they felt more alert as well as calmer than those who took a sugar pill. Lemon balm is sold as a capsule or in a tea form. Sometimes it’s combined with chamomile and valerian.
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