Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:57 am
Natural remedies for anxiety have fewer side effects than conventional medicines used to treat anxiety. Know about some natural home remedies to fight anxiety disorder.
An Introduction to Anxiety and As a Disorder
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Anxiety is often described as the feeling of constant worry that prevents an individual from relaxing. From the point of view of evolution, anxiety is a normal emotion, as it has helped humans avoid dangerous situations and eventually adapt, develop, and survive. A thin line exists between this anxiety at the level of just adaptation and a distressful morbid anxiety, which requires clinical judgement to diagnose.
- The level at which a person experiences anxiety can range from just a fleeting anxiety as one feels before any surgery to a constant feeling of nervousness that defines an anxiety disorder.
- A person is said to have anxiety disorder when the constant feeling of worry just doesn’t go away. Instead, it gets worse as time passes and interferes with routine life.
- Anxiety disorders can be of many types, particularly panic disorders, generalised anxiety disorder and phobias.
Know the Anxiety Symptoms Before Combating it
While anxiety can manifest in various ways depending on the type, there are certain symptoms which can overlap and are commonly seen in all the types:
- Physical symptoms like headache, perspiration, palpitations, muscle aches, light-headedness, difficulty in breathing
- Behavioural changes like evading routine activities.
- Emotional symptoms like uncontrollable worrisome thoughts that interfere with the individual’s regular activities and anxiety that worsens as time passes.
Natural Home Remedies for Fighting Anxiety
The exact cause of anxiety is not known. But there are many reasons:
- Heredity: Anxiety disorders have a genetic origin.
- Environmental distress: Facing stressful life events can cause an individual to be more prone to develop anxiety disorders.
- Stress during pregnancy: Taking a lot of stress during pregnancy can have long-term effects on the child. The exact process of how anxiety develops involves physiological, environmental, and emotional factors, and the intricate interactions between them are not yet known.
If anxiety is interfering with your life, consider these simple lifestyle changes that are potential home remedies for anxiety. But be remember these home remedies are not replacing proper mental health treatment and medication.
Total Time: 90 days
Kava is an anxiety reliever for many years. It is a drink that is prepared from the Piper methysticum plant. Though it relives anxiety, it does not cause a sedative effect. But one must exercise caution while consuming it, as liver poisoning is one of its rare, but serious, side effects. Steps to use it;
1) Make a paste out of a small quantity of the plant roots
2) Boil it with a cup of water to make a tea
3) Cool and consume
The passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
The passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a perennial plant with documented therapeutic properties. The literature data suggest that the passionflower itself, as well as its preparations, helps reduce stress and can therefore be helpful in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Steps to use it;
1) Dry the herb
2) Make a powder out of a small quantity of the dried herb
3) Take a few tablespoons of this dried powder and add it to a cup of boiling water
4) Let it steep for a few minutes
5) Filter and enjoy the cup of tea
Lavender has been used traditionally to relieve anxiety. It has over 100 active ingredients, but it’s linalool and linalyl acetate that give lavender the anxiolytic quality. Consult your doctor before you consume lavender, as research also shows that the use of lavender has many side effects like throbbing heartbeats, headaches and gastric issues like diarrhoea, stomach upsets, belching and foul breath. Steps to use it for anxiety relief,
1) Add a few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser to inhale the aroma
2) Alternatively, you may massage a few drops onto the inner aspect of the wrist to inhale the aroma
Studies have shown chamomile tea to be effective even in cases of generalised anxiety disorder. It is said that the flavonoids present in Chamomile give a calming effect by influencing the transmission of GABA, dopamine, noradrenalin and serotonin or by modifying the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in the body, which is integral to the way one reacts to stress. Steps to use chamomile;
1) Take a few tablespoons of dried whole chamomile
2) Add it to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a couple of minutes
3) Filter and enjoy the relaxing benefits of the tea
Saffron contains Safranal, the chief bioactive constituent which imparts anxiety relieving properties to saffron. It also gives the saffron its typical fragrance. Steps to use it;
1) Take saffron strands and add it to a cup of boiling water
2) Let it steep for some minutes
3) Filter and consume this fragrant drink as you relax
The valerian root has anti-anxiety properties. It contains valerenic acid and voluptuaries, which impart anxiolytic and sedative properties to the root. Steps to use it;
1) Take some dried valerian root
2) Add it to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes
3) Filter and consume at bedtime
Cautions before you try home remedies for anxiety
Home remedies for anxiety are good non-pharmacological therapies to try out at home. However, one must exercise caution and inform your doctor before consuming any of the herbal medicines for anxiety, as some of them cause side effects. Symptoms of extreme anxiety require treatment by a mental health professional, and one must not hesitate to seek help if required.
If you feel your anxiety might be connected to some physical problems, get in touch with your physician, who will help you cure the physical issue. If you experience severe anxiety, seek a mental health expert who will evaluate your symptoms and treat you accordingly.
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