As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, who has battled anxiety/panic attacks for 10 years now, I have done a ton of research, looking for natural remedies to battle this HORRIBLE disorder. Since anxiety is such a common problem, I also wanted to share some natural remedies I have found to be helpful in managing stress and anxiety.
I am very passionate about Aromatherapy and use what I call Liquid Xanax often. It’s a blend of Frankincense, Rosewood, Spruce, Tansy, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver essential oils in a roller bottle. I also use other essential oils in aromatherapy necklaces. For more information visit my page Aromatherapy Wear.
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy is another one of my favorites. It was created by Dr Bach. It is a blend of 5 different bach flowers which help us relax, focus and calm down. I carry a Rescue Remedy spray in my purse and use 2 sprays on the tongue when needed. I also bought Rescue Remedy Pet for my dog who is anxious in cars.
Remember, sugar, caffeine and alcohol are an anxious persons worst enemies! These can all mess with your blood sugar balance which directly contributes to feelings of anxiety. I’ve had to go months at a time without caffeine just to feel normal again. Now I can usually manage 1 cup in the morning. As for alcohol, it can definitely make you feel more relaxed while having a couple, but you will pay for it triple for days after. Again, your blood sugar will be out of control, you will be dehydrated and alcohol also depletes the body of needed vitamins and minerals…
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause anxiety. I recommend everyone suffering anxiety, take a high dose vitamin B complex. B vitamins help maintain a healthy nervous system, especially choline, which is needed to make the myelin sheath that envelops the nerves and acts as insulation. Calcium and magnesium are important minerals that facilitate nerve conductivity. Magnesium is also known as “Nature’s Tranquilizer” for it’s muscle relaxing effects. Research has shown it can be beneficial to reduce anxiety, nervousness, fear, restlessness and irritability. I like taking the magnesium supplement “Natural Calm” before bed. Magnesium can be obtained through foods such as dark green leafy salads i.e. spinach, cabbages, etc. These are also good for B vitamins. Other food sources of magnesium include legumes, chicken, beef, fish (especially halibut, cod and salmon), seeds, nuts, bananas, watermelon, potatoes, figs and green beans. Or take a bath using Epsom salts, your skin will absorb the magnesium from the salts. Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil for additional relaxation. Last but not least, EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are also beneficial for nervous system conditions as well as depression.
Deep breathing, meditation, long walks and Yoga can all do wonders for anxiety! And remember, you’re not alone!