Anxiety Can Debilitate.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. General symptoms can include:
An inability to be still or stay calm, feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness, problems sleeping, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dry mouth, and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Using Herbal Products.
There are many safe non-drug remedies for anxiety, from mind-body techniques to supplements to calming teas. Some start working right away, while others may help lessen anxiety over time. Please note the following are general tips for neutralising anxiety and improving sleep using herbs. Not every fragrant herb or herb infused product will work the same for everyone. Please take extra caution if you are pregnant. Otherwise you can simply try these tips out and if necessary consider consulting a herbalist.
Herbal teas are used for the many medicinal qualities but when choosing a herbal tea remedy, make sure you pick the right one. While fruit flavoured teas – such as rosehip, apple and orange – tend to be delicious, they are drunk for the flavour more than anything else. Others have greater therapeutic virtues.
- Teas of chamomile, basil, marjoram, or basil help ease stress. Use about 1 ounce fresh herbs (half of that if dried) for every 2 to 3 cups water.
- A tea of elderberry flowers is considered relaxing to the nerves and is sleep inducing, too. (Avoid if pregnant.)
- For insomnia, drink bee balm which acts as a mild sedative, calming the nerves and aiding sleep. Take an infusion of 2 teaspoons chopped leaves in 1 cup boiling water.
- Drink rosemary tea to alleviate melancholy or depression.
- Valerian tea (or capsules) is a natural sleep aide. In infusions, 1 ounce of the roots in 1 pint boiling water is a good rule of thumb.
Massages and Rubs
Massage and physical touch can be very soothing and healing. Here are some ideas how to add herb infused products in your massage.
- Massage the temples with lavender oil.
- A warm bath with a few drops of chamomile oil aides sleeping. Add a slash of lavender oil for a relaxing aroma.
- For a relaxing body rub, soak equal parts finely chopped dandelions, burdock (roots and/or aerial parts), yellow dock, and lobelia in 1 quart rubbing alcohol for two weeks. Apply externally.
It is important to be able to get a good night sleep. Not being able to sleep is a symptom and also a cause of anxiety.
- Strew lavender in the linen closet to scent your bed sheets with this mildly narcotic herb.
- Try putting a few drops of lavender oil in your nose—gently, with a cotton swab (Q-tip).
- Sprinkle infusions of dill on your pillowcases and quickly iron them dry or fluff them in a clothes dryer.
- Add dill infusion to the bath, sprinkle on a baby’s blanket, or use as a hair rinse.
- Sage is used to prevent nightmares. Strew it on the floor or in the bed.