There are two general forms of anxiety: chronic anxiety and panic attacks. The former features, whether real or imagined. This may give rise to mild physical symptoms. They take a lot of time to treat and may last for years. On the other hand, the latter features abrupt attacks. They oftentimes look like cardiac attacks and could also lead to life-threatening conditions. Panic attacks however recurring can subside as fast as they develop.
Anxiety is a natural mechanism of our body to prepare us for the flight or fight response. However sometimes, even without the need for such response, we develop a form of anxiety that starts to meddle with our daily lives. At this point, treatment has to be considered. While most pharmaceutical treatments are readily available to the public, most of them just deal with the symptoms really. An even better option would be to go for herbal remedies for anxiety. These herbal remedies use natural mechanisms to fight off the condition while strengthening the mechanism themselves, allowing you to be more resilient even after the medication period is long over.
Traditional Herbal Remedies
For starters, a combination of teas, tinctures and aromatherapy can do you wonders. Aroma therapy typically comes in the form of Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood, Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Sweet Marjoram. Kava tincture and Hops relax the central nervous system effectively too, making you relax with ease. For gastrointestinal upsets, Catnip and Fennel Teas are popular choices.
For stabilizing people who are on an emotional rollercoaster, Motherwort tincture and Skullcap tincture are good herbs. The latter is a good sleep-inducer too. However if you find both difficult to obtain, then St. John’s Wort is a good alternative as well. For more intense cases, Passionflower should do well in place of all the previously mentioned herbs. They are very potent however and should be taken with supervision and extreme care. Passionflowe is known of its sedative effects. It also lowers blood pressure and increases the rate of respiration at the same time. For people who are on a delicate state (i.e. pregnant women), the potency of this herb may be too much for comfort.
If you find yourself dealing with bouts of anxiety time and again, Rosemary is a good herb for you, provided that you don’t have anemic tendencies. It works well and doesn’t deliver any severe side effects – the worst it can give you are mild allergies. Because of its gentle but effective action, Rosemary is by far the best herb for pregnant women.