According to Mental Health Foundation UK 22% of women (this rises to 28% for 18-24 year olds) feel anxious all or most of the time. Many of us are very good at hiding the it. Sound familiar? Give my 4 natural remedies to soothe anxiety a try.
A lack of sleep is one of the most common triggers for an anxiety attack, but when you’re feeling stressed the last thing on your mind is getting som sleep. Causing a restless night with wild thoughts racing through your mind, and the cycle continues … Break the cycle with a cup of calming chamomile tea. A recent study suggests that chamomile significantly relaxes blood vessels and smooths muscle fibers helping to release built up tension, helping you drift off to sleep.
2 VALERIAN ROOT
A popular over-the-counter sedative in Japan, valerian root is a natural treatment for anxiety. Helping to promote sleep, control panic attacks and relieve tension headaches, scientists have found that the herb increased the amount of GABA (a chemical which helps regulate the nerve cells and calm anxiety) in the brain.
With a long history in herbal therapy, lavender is most commonly used in aromatherapy. An emotional anti-inflammatory, the essential oils from lavender are believed to help promote calmness. Lavender sprays which are applied to pillows are also said to help promote a peaceful night’s sleep, perfect for those suffering from stress.
4 LEMON BALM
This herb has a calming history which dates back to the middle ages. It is said to help ‘lift spirits’, heal wounds and calm insect bites, it’s also commonly combined with valerian to soothe stress. Studies suggest it can help aid indigestion and that when used in aromatherapy, it can also help to improve cognitive function and decrease agitation in those suffering from Alzheimer’s.