You’re driving along in your car listening to the radio, and your heart starts racing. You’re in a crowded elevator when suddenly you feel like you want out. You’re sitting at home watching TV and the fear wells up inside of you. You have chest pain, you feel like you cannot breathe and the terror grips you and will not go away.
If you have these situations and symptoms, you probably suffer from anxiety. It is a very natural feeling, but it is definitely not comfortable. Your body is equipped with the “fight or flight” mechanism and it is actually a very primitive reaction. When faced with trouble, our bodies set off an adrenaline rush to help get us out of trouble. In most people, the rush comes and then calms down and they go about their day normally. For some people, the rush comes and they fear it and the anxiety attacks do not stop.
The good news is there is natural help for anxiety attacks. With a combination of positive ways of thinking or biofeedback techniques and herbal remedies, you can eliminate anxiety from your life. Let’s take a look at the 5 Best Herbal and Natural Anxiety Remedies:
Valerian Root – Valerian has been used for a very long time as a natural sedative. Many people state that valerian is very effective for anxiety and helping sleep. It does cause some drowsiness but there is no hangover and no known drug interactions. Valerian comes in powder form, capsules, tablets and tincture.
Kava Kava – There have been many studies done that show kava has a very calming and relaxing effect. It is also said to elevated moods and can induce a state of “well being.” Pacific Islanders actually chewed the raw root of the plant, but kava is available in whole root, tinctures, tablets, power and capsules. Care needs to be taken to not take too much as there have been reports of liver damage with over doses.
Passionflower – Passionflower has very calming properties and can safely be used for anxiety. It is often combined with other calming herbs but the extract can be found in tincture and tablet form.
Chamomile – Chamomile has long been used as an anxiety treatment and is a very safe and natural way to relieve anxiety without side-effects, drug interactions or risk of addiction. Studies show that long-term chamomile use is most beneficial and can be found in tea form, extract or tincture or capsules. Caution needs to be used in people with allergies to anything in the ragweed family.
Melatonin – Many people suffer from anxiety attacks that wake them from their sleep. Melatonin can be used at night to help calm the body into a deep and restful sleep by regulating the sleep hormones that come from the pineal gland.
Another way to reduce anxiety is biofeedback technique. This is a non-drug approach and can be combined with any of the above natural therapies to help calm anxiety. When the anxious feeling comes on do not try to run from the feeling. Stop whatever you are doing and take a slow deep breath. Approach the feeling and actually allow yourself to take it in. Understand that it is just a feeling, an emotional response that has physical effects. Know that you cannot die from an anxiety attack, you will not pass out and you are not having a heart attack. Understand that the feeling will soon pass. Make friends with these feelings, face them, tell them “hello” if you have to. It sounds crazy at first, but if you approach anxiety “head on,” before you know it the attacks will begin to subside.
Anxiety does not have to take over your life. If you find the right herbal and natural remedy to help calm your body and you practice the quick and easy biofeedback technique mentioned above, before you know it anxiety will be a thing of the past!