Are you living with chronic anxiety? Then natural anxiety remedies can provide some welcome relief.
I also once lived with chronic anxiety, but I have healed myself and turned my life around, and you can do it too!
In order to release yourself from the suffering created by ongoing anxiety, I believe you need to address all levels of your being - mind, emotions, body and soul.
And my website aims to help you do just that.
But while you are in the process of healing yourself of chronic anxiety for the long-term, there are natural anxiety remedies such as herbs and supplements that can provide relief and help you feel better along the way.
Here are some excellent natural anxiety remedies that you can try:
Valerian is a gentle herbal sedative that helps to soothe and slow down the nervous system. It is great for whenever you are feeling tense, anxious or are finding it difficult to relax. It can also be used to ease panic attacks.
Valerian is gentle and non-addictive, but powerful. It can help to ease your anxiety symptoms such as physical and mental tension, headache, and a racing heart beat.
Everybody's response to Valerian is different, so it is best to start with a low dose and gradually build up as needed. The strange thing about Valerian is that in a very few people, it can actually produce a stimulant effect instead.
Those who experience anxiety often have disturbed sleep due to an overworked nervous system. Valerian is also very useful for improving the quality of your sleep, especially when combined with St John's Wort (see below for cautions about using this herb).
Valerian is also a good antispasmodic so it can also help to relieve muscle pain and tension.
Dosage: Valerian is best taken in small frequent doses throughout the day. It is readily available in tablet or capsule form from health food stores, so follow the directions on the pack.
Cautions: Valerian can cause drowsiness in some, so be aware of this when driving or using machinery. In rare instances it may actually worsen your anxiety, or cause headaches and muscle spasms.
2. Tissue Salts
There are twelve inorganic, or mineral, elements that are naturally present in the human body, and are essential for normal cell functioning. These elements have been named 'tissue salts', and each one performs a different function within your body.
Consequently, a deficiency in any of these tissue salts can affect our health, and the symptoms we experience depend upon which tissue salt we are lacking.
There are two tissue salts that are excellent for dealing with anxiety, worry and nervous tension.
The first of these is Kali Phos (it's full name is Potassium Phosphate). Kali Phos is a nerve nutrient, so it's helpful in all dis-ease relating to the brain and nervous system, such as anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, tension headaches and nervousness. It is also great for general weariness.
I use Kali Phos for myself if there is something that is worrying me and causing me stress. It helps the worry drift away and brings about a feeling of general calm.
The second tissue salt is Mag Phos (or Magnesium Phosphate). This is a nerve relaxant and supplements the action of the Kali Phos. These two combined are great for insomnia due to nervousness and worry.
If you want to take just one tissue salt for your anxiety, I would take the Kali Phos. This alone will be a great help. It's one of my favourite natural anxiety remedies.
Tissue salts are totally safe and there is no risk of side-effects or over-dosage. They can even be used on children and pregnant women, so they are a great natural anxiety remedy.
They work by stimulating the body's own healing process, so any reaction you may have is purely a healing response.
Dosage: Generally, adults take one tablet per dose, and the tablet should be dissolved on or underneath the tongue. You can take a dose every half hour until you begin to feel better, then gradually reduce the dosage until you are taking it three or four times a day.
Because tissue salts can be taken freely, you can alter the dosage any time as needed. And if you are taking more than one remedy at a time, you can just alternate them.
3. St Johns Wort
Even though this herbal remedy is more readily known for treating depression, it's also very effective for relaxing and strengthening an over-worked nervous system created by long-term stress or worry. It's great in cases where someone is experiencing both anxiety and depression.
Often dealing with chronic anxiety can leave you feeling depressed and exhausted. St John's Wort can help your ability to relax, improve your sleep and increase your vitality, as well as lift your mood. So it's got to be helpful when dealing with anxiety.
If you would like to read further about the effectiveness of St Johns Wort for depression and anxiety, have a look at Dr Kevin Curran's review of the scientific data - you can find it here at EthnoHerbalist.
Cautions: If you are pregnant or taking any medications whatsoever, including the contraceptive pill, do not take St John's Wort without first consulting your medical doctor. Do not combine it with other anti-depressants. It may also cause some sensitivity to sunlight.
Dosage: Always follow the manufacturer's directions that come with your supply.
4. Vitamins and Minerals
Both Calcium and Magnesium have natural tranquilising effects, so both of these taken together will really help you feel much calmer. Usual dosage is 400 mg of calcium and 600 mg of magnesium, and any good multivitamin should contain these.
It might also help to take a good vitamin B complex to strengthen your body against stress and support the adrenal glands.
As with all natural anxiety remedies, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Lavender is a natural sedative and anti-depressant, and is wonderful for relieving stress and anxiety. There are many different ways that you can use it.
Please make sure that you use pure lavender essential oil, and not fragrant oil or other artificial lavender fragrance, as these have no healing qualities at all, and in fact can be quite toxic.
Here are some different ways you can enjoy the healing qualities of lavender:
6. Relaxing Teas
Chamomile Tea is made from the dried flowers of the camomile plant, and is well known for its relaxing and mildly sedative effects.
I enjoy the taste of chamomile by itself, but if you struggle with the taste you could add a little honey. To help ease your anxiety, try drinking several cups of the tea over the course of your day. The dried flowers are readily available loose, or in ready-made tea bags.
Passionflower is also great for anxiety and nervous tension. It's well known for easing worry and encouraging relaxing sleep. It brings relief to many anxiety symptoms such as a tension headache and racing heart.
You could make a tea with 1 teaspoon each of dried passionflower and chamomile, and drink several cups throughout the day. Its great before bed to encourage a restful night's sleep.
Catnip also has relaxing properties and is mildly sedative. You can add some dried catnip to your chamomile tea if you wish.
To make any of these teas, use 1 teaspoon of each desired herb and pour boiling water over them. Cover and let sit for 5- 10 minutes. Strain into a cup and add honey if you wish. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
Passionflower is generally very safe and allergic reactions are rare. Be aware that while chamomile is generally very safe, it can have blood-thinning effects so if you are taking anti-coagulant medication, check with your doctor first. Persons allergic to ragweed should not drink chamomile. Do not use Catnip or Passionflower if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Be cautious with all three herbs if you are taking any other sedatives, and inform your doctor.
Natural anxiety remedies don't just include the various herbs and supplements I have discussed on this page. I also firmly
believe that dealing with anxiety is a process that incorporates every area of your life - emotional,
mental, physical and spiritual.
Please take a look at my other pages on dealing with anxiety. They cover a wide range of natural anxiety remedies such as flower essences, meditation, inner talk and breathing techniques.
I believe emotional healing is also an important part of healing your anxiety for good. After all, that is what we're really looking for - long-term freedom from the personal hell that is chronic anxiety. And I hope my website can help you do just that!