When the weather turns cool and dry in the fall, imbalances in the body can bring about unpleasant feelings of nervousness and anxiety. I personally have suffered from anxiety since I was a wee little child, and lately have been experiencing symptoms more than usual. I’m always drawn to discovering new herbal remedies, so I made a little trip to local spot Herbiary to acquire some new knowledge – and some herbs. While there are many different types of herbs that help soothe feelings of anxiety, the expert behind the counter recommended these 4 as prime choices.
Lavender is always the first herb that comes to mind when it comes to relaxation. This gorgeously-scented purple plant is widely used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness, but its benefits don’t stop there. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and has even been known to treat digestive issues like upset stomach and abdominal swelling.
Chamomile has been used as a sleep aid for centuries, due to its anxiety-soothing effects. It’s also used to treat nausea, fever, and inflammation, just to name a few. The plant’s daisy-like flowers are filled with volatile oils that give it its therapeutic benefits.
Skullcap is an herb that’s totally new to me. It’s a type of mint with tiny flowers that range from purple and blue to pink and white. It’s mostly used as a comforting herb to treat symptoms of anxiety, and can also aid exhaustion. It helps to calm down racing thoughts, so it’s great for those with minds that never seem to shut off.
Holy Basil is another herb I’d never heard of. It’s used in ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen, which means it helps in dealing with the stresses of life. In addition to treating stress and anxiety, holy basil has been used to treat common ailments like colds, headaches, and the flu, as well as more serious conditions such as heart disease, malaria, and tuberculosis.
There are lots of ways to use herbs to treat anxiety. Many herbs – like lavender and chamomile — do wonders in the world of aromatherapy. You can add a few drops of essential oil into your bath, dab a bit on your wrists or behind your ears, or make a sachet of dried buds to smell whenever you feel your heart start to race. The simple act of taking deep breaths and allowing the scent to flow through you will whisk you up and away, drawing you further and further from any unpleasant feelings with every breath.
Another way to use herbs is by taking them internally – like in tea! The best way to make an herb tea is by first concocting a blend of herbs that work best for your symptoms – and best for you. Once you’ve made your mixture, place it in an empty tea ball or tea bag, and submerge that into hot water. According to the expert I spoke to at Herbiary, the key to making medicinal-strength tea is to let it steep for a full 20 minutes before drinking.
I came across this lovely “dream bath” blend that I had to scoop up for myself. It’s a finely grated blend of mineral salts, baking soda, sea salt, white clay, oats, powdered milk, mugwort, lavender, chamomile, and essential oils. “An evocative blend that promotes dreams,” it says. Enticing enough, I’d say. All you have to do is add a few scoops into a running bath. Then soak and enjoy.
If you know of any other herbal remedies for treating anxiety, comment and let us know!
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