Anxiety is characterized by intrusive thoughts and emotions that no one taught us to process as a child. Most of all, it feels uncomfortable to share our anxiety saga with someone. But then again, we need to give voice to our fear to feel a little less isolated and often in doing so; we are more liable to receive the support that we need.
Anxiety can never be idiopathic. It orbits around the one who is dearest to stress that makes us anxious, frazzled and takes us way too close to suicidal thoughts.
Believing in nature regarding this subject has proven to be a faultless idea.
The treasure of nature knows no bounds and has gifted us with many herbs for responding against anxiety.
Let’s set our emotions straight and look into the herbs that can heal us, our environment, and more.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia)
This world has witnessed a plethora of shades of Lavender. It is not anymore considered as the one that used brighten up the powder room. This purple bloom is enjoyed in its various forms for its gorgeous scent and healing capabilities.
Today we are going to celebrate the anxiolytic effect of lavender. In aromatherapy, it is therapeutically employed to relieve mild anxiety issues.
Either take a spa-worthy bath time or dab some drops of lavender oil on your temples, neck and wrist, and allow this legendary botanical to accomplish its mission.
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
Chamomile is famous for its purported relaxing and sedating properties. It expresses benzodiazepine like activity by up-regulation of inhibitory neurotransmitters.
To enjoy its magic, add a few drops of chamomile oil to your bathtub and sate your edgy nerves. Moreover, massaging some oil into your skin can also bring wonders to your body.
Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
The history of clary sage dates back to Middle Ages. Its perks are celebrated around the world due to its soothing, relaxing, antispasmodic, and so forth. It serves as a real balancing aid for the female reproductive system.
It normalizes the level of cortisol which stands as a stress hormone.
Inhale some clary sage oil while feeling anxious. It can taper its onset immediately; while on the other hand, massaging a few diluted drops of it can also contribute to curtailing the anxiety.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon balm is considered as an essential part of aromatherapy. It imparts a relaxing and calming effect.
Taking lemon balm capsules is considered to be quite potent for mild to moderate anxiety. Furthermore, inhaling lemon balm oil or incorporating it to your diffuser can also release the stress.
Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)
Vetiver essential oil is appraised as the oil of tranquility. This not so famous plant is quite potent when it comes to fighting against anxiety.
Some clinical trials proclaim its activity to be the same as diazepam.
Just massage its diluted form or add it to your diffuser to welcome harmony.
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- Cases, J., Ibarra, A., Feuillere, N., Roller, M. and Sukkar, S.G., 2011. Pilot trial of Melissa officinalis L. leaf extract in the treatment of volunteers suffering from mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders and sleep disturbances. Mediterranean journal of nutrition and metabolism, 4(3), pp.211-218.
- Saiyudthong, S., Pongmayteegul, S., Marsden, C.A. and Phansuwan-Pujito, P., 2015. Anxiety-like behaviour and c-fos expression in rats that inhaled vetiver essential oil. Natural product research, 29(22), pp.2141-2144.