Anxiety and panic attacks are said to be brought on biochemically, because of the effects of certain things, like caffeine and other drugs, on the brain. A panic attack is an intense feeling of fear- some people even claim to think they are dying, or feel as though they are having a heart attack. Panic attacks are one extreme form of anxiety.
Most prescription drugs given by doctors for anxiety are mainly used for depression. Though these illnesses are both very different from each other they do both stem from the same areas of the brain and have some of the same factors creating their presence in our lives. This is why I have lumped them together in this article.
If you are looking for a natural way to ease that depression or to lesson the panic attacks that come along with your anxiety issues, look no further than this article. Here are 6 great alternatives to taking prescription medicines. Prescription medicines can have too many side effects, including altering your creative abilities and your interest in sex. Herbal remedies have less side effects and don’t mess with your ways of feeling and thinking.
Drink Chamomile tea to help you relax. Use chamomile essential oils in a difuser to breath in it’s light scent to help calm your nerves.
Kava supplements can be found at your local pharmacy in the vitamin isle. Taken as directed Kava will help keep your anxiety to a minimum.
Lemon Balm is a sedative and will help not only your anxiety and depression, but it will also help with that sleeplessness that comes along with these illnesses. The dried leaves can be infused into a tea and drank. Do not drive or operate machinery after using lemon balm because it will make you drowsy.
Passionflower is also a sedative and it should only be used sparingly, as it can cause hallucinations in some people. Use the dried herb as a tea or purchase it as a liquid extract at your local health food store.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort can interfere with the effects of some prescription medications, so it is always wise to consult your physician prior to the use of this herb. St. John’s Wort is best for use with depression, but because of it’s calming effect it can work well for anxiety also. The easiest way to get St. John’s Wort is in a pill form, readily available at your pharmacy or health food store.
Valerian, which is a root, is an excellent sleep aid and helps with anxiety. This can also be purchased in herbal pill form. Because it is a sleep aid, take only when in the comforts of your own home.
When using herbal remedies and vitamins always make sure to read the precautions prior to ingesting. If you have any medical conditions of which you are already taking prescribed medications make sure you check with your family doctor prior to using any of these items.