You’re anxious and worried. You’re upset about money, health, work, family, and love. Your heart is beating fast, your breathing is shallow and rapid, your mind is imagining doom, and you wish you could just relax. Whether you have a full-blown anxiety disorder or are just freaking out, you may not want to try medication—at least not yet.
There are many natural treatments for Anxiety and some start working right away and some may lessen the symptoms over time.
If you have a jittery moment, a cup of chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptor as drugs like Valium.
They say Japanese Buddhist monks could meditate for hours, both alert and relaxed. One reason is that they take in Green Tea. Green Tea has an amino acid called L-theanine. L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.
The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender (Lavandula hybrida) may be an “emotional” anti-inflammatory. In one study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. While in a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety—although some students said it made their minds “fuzzy” during the test.
In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill (not available in the U.S.) was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as effectively as lorazepam (brand name: Ativan), an anti-anxiety medication in the same class as Valium.
Don’t Skip Breakfast and Have a Snack
Most people get more anxious and irritable when they are hungry. When you get an anxiety attack, it may mean your blood sugar is dropping. The best thing to do is to have a quick sustaining snack, like a handful of walnuts, or a piece of dark chocolate, along with a glass of water or a nice cup of hot tea. Also, many people with anxiety disorder skip breakfast. People with such a disorder should eat things like eggs. Eggs are very rich in protein and are nature’s top source of choline (vitamin B complex). Low levels of choline are associated with increased anxiety.
Fish oils are good for the heart, and they protect against depression. Add anxiety to the list. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil combat the symptoms of Anxiety.
Exercise is good for the brain. It serves as a powerful antidote for Anxiety and Depression. If you exercise on a regular basis, it will boost your self-esteem and makes you a lot happier and healthier.
Above all, there are many safe nondrug remedies for anxiety, from mind-body techniques to supplements to calming teas. There would also be medications for it. If you wish to buy medications online, it would be best to order only from your most trusted pharmacy.