Anxiety and anxiety-related conditions are some of the most profilic disorders of modern times. Hectic living, stress, money-related issues and many other contemporary worries have gotten a lot of people to the point of needing treatment for their anxiety and panic attacks; not to mention the more severe cases of anxiety-related illnesses that have troubled the medicine world since its early days.
Anxiety is frequently found in neuroses, mental confusion, mental depression, melancholia or even schizophrenia and most of the time the treatment is based on benzodiazepines: psychoactive drugs that have anti-anxiety, sedative, muscle relaxant and hypnotic properties.
Are these drugs safe?
Like most synthetic drugs, benzodiazepines such as Xanax have various side-effects, such as drowsiness, instability, decreased blood pressure, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, memory problems, insomnia, lack of coordination, slurred speech and more.
Natural medicine is getting more and more popular and people are starting to see the benefits of choosing to treat themselves with natural remedies. Anxiety-related conditions also have some treatment in the natural health world. Although not as powerful as Xanax, there are a few remedies that can help you deal with panic attacks and other anxiety problems and may be quite effective. And because most benzodiazepines can cause serious addiction, turning to nature for help is a much safer idea.
Valerian root treatment can succesfully replace Xanax if accompanied by a healthy diet and a stress-free lifestyle.
Valerian is the most used medicinal plant in the world; more than three hundred thousand tons are consumed each year. Its therapeutic effects are powerful and recognized even by non-believers in natural medicine. The use of valerian as a medicinal plant has a tradition of over four thousand years, both in Asia and Europe. For anxiety and anxiety-related conditions, valerian root is the most common and most beneficial remedy.
How to use it?
The treatment with valerian root should last around two months, with pauses of 14-21 days for anxiety, and 15-30 days cure for depression. The most common form of treatment is valerian root extract but you can also use it as a tea or in natural supplements.
While some teas and plant-based supplements reduce anxiety without making you sleepy, valerian root also acts as a sedative… so make sure to keep that in mind if you are planning on undertaking activities that require your full attention, such as driving.
Passionflower is a natural alternative to Xanax, used for treating anxiety, insomnia and even ADD and ADHD.
Passionflower, also known as passiflora is mostly known as a religious symbol but also as an easy to cultivate plant with healing properties and it has been used as a natural medicine for years, first by Native Americans. The most frequent uses of passionflower are related to anxiety, insomnia and muscle relaxing.
How to use it?
Usually, the parts of the flowers that are used are the leaves, the flowers, strain and sometimes parts of the root. The most common way of using it is to take it in liquid form, tea or extract but it can sometimes be difficult to take as extract because the taste can be quite bitter so you should take it with a little bit of water.
Some natural medicine specialists recommend the use of dry extract, in the form of powder, and say that this is the most efficient form of treatment. The positive aspects about the powder are related to the fact that it does not contain any water or alcohol and that it is assimilated almost instantly by the body.
Passionflower was also considered as a treatment for ADD and ADHD because it helps relax the nervous system.
Holy Basil is more than just a religious symbol, is also a great natural alternative to drugs like Xanax.
When you hear basil you are probably thinking of Italian cuisine but this wonderful plant is more than a deliciously fresh spice. Holy basil, a member of the Mint family is an excellent natural remedy against stress, depression, anxiety or insomnia and it has been used as such by Siddha, Roman, Greek and Ayurveda ancient systems of medicine.
Because it acts as an adaptogen, this plant enhances the body’s response to stress, both emotional and physical and it does not alter your mood.
How to use it?
You can use holy basil as a dietary natural supplement, extract, tea, and spice for your food or even essential oil for massage or aromatherapy. If you are going to use it fresh, keep in mind that it only lasts about two days in the fridge, wrapped in a paper towel or paper bag. If you want to preserve holy basil for more time you can chop it and keep it in the freezer or dry.
Just remember that dried basil loses most of the smell, which is way you should use it fresh to get the best results.
Aromatherapy and massage with essential lavender or sandal wood oils does wonder for anxiety-related conditions.
Aromatherapy has proven to be one of the most effective courses of treatment for anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. The treatment is easy and it can be done in the comfort of your own home without requiring the help of anyone but yourself.
In fact, most of the natural health specialists recommend that all anxiety treatments should include aromatherapy because they have more than one benefit. Aromatherapy is relaxing, it smells wonderful and it helps you forget about all the negative aspects of your life.
How to use it?
The best aromatherapy oils for anxiety and related conditions are lavender, jasmine and sandal wood oils. Rosemary, holy basil, orange or chamomile oils also work.
Make sure that all essential oils are pure, and not altered with other types of oils, if you want to get the full effect. You can use the oils for massage or with traditional aromatherapy vases.
Chamomile is not only a delicious tea, but it can also fight against depression, anxiety, insomnia or stress.
While chamomile is, alongside valerian, one of the most recommended natural remedies for anxieties, stress, depression or insomnia, its influence is not as powerful as the one of valerian. Chamomile has been used as anxiety treatment since ancient times but it should be accompanied by a stress-free lifestyle, physical exercises and a balanced diet in order to bring to contribute to a positive change in your organism. Some studies have shown that chamomile is efficient in treating depression, if used as a long-term treatment.
Chamomile flowers are rich in minerals (calcium, zinc, phosphor, and iron), essential vitamins (B1 and C) organic acids and etheric oils.
How to use it?
Chamomile is mostly used as tea, you can find it in supermarkets, drug stores and natural health stores but it would be best to dry it yourself or buy it from a bio-certificated store, just to make sure that you are just using the plant and not a mixture of herbs and synthetic ingredients. If you do choose do dry chamomile flowers yourself remember that they should be dried in a place with dim lighting, on a clean cloth or white paper and can only be used for two years.
As a bonus, chamomile is also a great natural remedy for headaches, menstrual cramps, digestive issues, sun burns, and acne or aged skin.
While herbal remedies are great alternative to drugs such as Xanax, they work best combined with a stress-free lifestyle, a balanced diet, exercises (both mental and physical) – overall, a relaxed way of living.
If you tried all this and are still affected by anxiety and anxiety-related conditions, the best thing to do is to see your doctor and discuss an efficient and healthy way of treatment.