Anxiety disorders are extremely prevalent among American citizens. It is estimated that 6.8 million American adults suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, a condition in which the sufferer worries about many things, even when there is no reason do to so. Women are twice as likely to be affected by anxiety disorder as men, and the symptoms typically worsen during stressful events.
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety and sleeping pills have been increasing over the past years. What`s more, not only are they used by adults, but there are more and more adolescent who are written prescriptions for these drugs. But, note that these drugs shouldn’t be the first thing you turn to, but something that should be used in cases when nothing else seems to help.
The problem with these drugs is that they contain chemicals which may cause many adverse side effects. For instance, sleeping pills are associated with impaired motor and cognitive functioning during the day as well as a higher chance of getting involved in a car accident. What`s more, they may provide carcinogenic effect and increase the risk of cancer. According to one study, people with prescription for sleeping pills had 4.6 times higher mortality risk when compared to those who didn’t use these medications. Those who rarely used these drugs had increased risk of mortality. Anti-anxiety medications are associated with the similar side effect and risks.
Powerful Homemade Anti-Anxiety Elixir
Both lemon and honey provide relaxation and soothing effects. Honey contains calming properties, which are influential when taken in higher amounts.
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 2 tsp ground ginger
Mix everything well and take three times daily.
Herbs To Calm Anxiety Naturally
According to a study which compared the effect of lavender oil and anti-anxiety medication lorazepam, both provided the same effects in terms of calming anxiety. Many studies have confirmed that lavender helps with insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, and depression symptoms. You can either use lavender oil, lavender leaves, lavender flowers, or capsules. The flowers can be made into tea or added to bath water.
2. Lemon Balm
In a 2004 study, participants were given a single dose of lemon balm extract or a placebo and their mood was measured an hour later. It has been found that higher dose reduced stress and calmed the participants and lower dose improved alertness and helped them do math problems more easily.
Both herbs can be taken either internally or used in aromatherapy. The recommended dose for internal use of lavender is 80 g on a daily basis while for lemon balm is 60 drops from a tincture a day.