In the last decade, prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids have been increasing. And this trend isn’t just true for adults; many adolescents are written prescriptions for these drugs from family doctors. But as with many conditions, drug treatment should be a last resort, not the first thing you turn to.
These medications can be quite dangerous and come with long-term risks. Use of sleep medications like Ambien can cause impaired motor and cognitive functioning during the daytime, and is associated with a greater chance of getting in a car accident or falling. They also may have carcinogenic effects and may be related to increased rates of cancer. One study found that people with prescriptions for hypnotics (sleeping pills) had about 4.6 times higher mortality risks than people who didn’t use these drugs. Even those who used hypnotics sparingly were at an increased risk of mortality. Anti-anxiety medications come with similar serious risks.
Powerful Home-made Anti-Anxiety Elixir
Lemon and honey are known for their soothing and relaxation benefits. Certain compounds in honey have a calming effect, this is prominent when taken in significant amounts.
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Raw Honey
Add everything to a bowl, mix well and take three times a day.
The great news is that these herbs can be either taken internally or used in aromatherapy. If taken internally, 80mg daily is the suggested dosage for lavender, while the ideal dosage for lemon balm is 60 drops from a tincture daily.
Herbs To Calm Anxiety Naturally
A 2010 multi-center, double blind randomized study of lavender oil compared to anti-anxiety medication lorazepam found that both were effective against generalized and persistent anxiety. Bonus — lavender had no sedative side effects.
Research published in 2004, for instance, gave participants a single dose of lemon balm extract (300 mg or 600 mg) or a placebo, then measured their mood after one hour. The higher dose resulted in reduced stress and improved calmness and alertness. Even the lower dose helped participants do math problems more quickly.
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