Natural Remedies To Soothe Anxiety.

Chamomile-Tea

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.

1 CHAMOMILE

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.

3 LAVENDER

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.

Rachel x

5 Essential Oils You Need In Your Life.

My five recommended essential oils that can help to balance a variety of mental and emotional issues

Aromatherapy

 

Lavender is great for de-stressing, relaxing, soothing and calming the nerves and generally balancing the emotions – It’s also great for insomnia.

Rose has gentle yet powerful anti-depressant properties that can help where there is a lot of stress, anxiety or grief. It can be also be useful for women where problems relate to their sexuality or reproductive system – for example post-natal depression, PMT or depression following a relationship break-down.

Chamomile is a comforting oil, that is great for anxiety, panic and phobias – anything where the nerves are on edge! It is also great for insomnia. Drinking chamomile tea will help to enhance the effects of the essential oil.

Bergamot is relaxing yet uplifting, making it particularly helpful for tension, anxiety and depression. It is also highly recommended for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Ylang Ylang has an antidepressant, sedative effect that is helpful for depression, anxiety and nervous disorders. It helps to slow over-rapid breathing and an over-rapid heartbeat that may be associated with shock, anger or fear!

How to use:

When choosing essential oils be guided by your sense of smell. The ones you like the most will be the ones that your body needs the most. Pick up to 3 oils and use one or more as follows:

Diffusing: Put 6-9 drops of oil into a diffuser or candle burner.

Massage: Mix 15ml carrier oil (or moisture lotion) with up to 6 drops of essential oil.

Bath: Mix up to 9 drops of essential oil with half a cup of full fat milk and add to the bath. Close doors and windows so you can inhale the aroma while you soak. If you do not have a bath you can add a few drops to your shower tray and breathe in the aroma as you shower.

It’s best to play around with the oils to see which combinations you like best! One of my favourite blends for relaxing the mind is 3 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Rose Otto and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

Rachel x