Anxious behavior befalls us all at one time or another, yet it doesn’t have to be an ongoing issue. Many stress-relievers exist to bring our nerves back into alignment again, so lets take a look at how our nervous system handles anxiety, and how we can use a few home remedies for anxiety to calm down a bit.
These very different experiences can bring on anxiety and its various symptoms:
- heart palpitations
- sense of impending doom
- inability to concentrate
- muscle tension
- dry mouth
- queasy, jittery feeling in the pit of the stomach
Powerful 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.
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.
Dosage: Try about 80 mg/day of the supplement, or use the oil as an aromatherapy solution.
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.
Dosage: Use in aromatherapy, try 300-500 mg of dried lemon balm three times daily, 60 drops daily, or 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of dried lemon balm herb in hot water for a tea four times daily.
This one isn’t really a herb — it’s a water-soluble amino acid, but it’s gotten such good research behind it we had to include it here. It’s found mainly in green tea and black tea and is also available as a supplement.
Studies have found that it acts directly on the brain, helping to reduce stress and anxiety—without causing drowsiness.
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