Natural therapies can be a good way to
help your anxiety. Although taking natural remedies, like St Johns Wort,
can help some people, a lot of the therapies below are more therapies
that may help to relax your mind and body. I will soon be adding information
on other natural therapies and remedies such as kava kava, valerian, massage
therapy and St John Wort.
Aromatherapy is a wonderful and affective way to calm the mind and
help remove stress. The beauty of aromatherapy is that it can be used
in a number of ways.
a oil burner. Which will
disperse the aromas into the air. This is a great way to use them while
doing relaxation exercises or doing chores and other things around the
Mixed with a carrier
oil (such as almond, soya, grape seed or avocado oil.) and
used for massage. You can either give someone a massage or give yourself
one. Just massage the tense parts of your body, such as your hands
putting a few drops to your bath. The effect of a warm bath with aromatherapy is truly relaxing.
A few warnings
about aromatherapy. Some particular oils are not recommended to use while pregnant
or epileptic. Please consult an aromatherapist before using any oils if
you are either of these.
Oils for Stress and Anxiety.
Try one of these oils at a time or try mixing a couple together to
see what works well.
and Anxiety- Bergamot, chamomile,
frankincense, marjoram, neroli, sandalwood, camphor and jasmine.
and pains- Eucalyptus, rosemary
Depression- bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, rose
and ylang ylang
Insomnia- camphor, chamomile, jasmine, marjoram and neroli
Headaches- cardamom, lavender, marjoram, peppermint and rose.
Flower Remedies are an interesting and sometimes very effective way
to help with anxiety and emotional issues. Flower remedies are made by
picking certain parts of plants (the flowers or the leaves) . They are
then held in water for a particular amount of time. The flowers or leaves
are then taken out. The left over liquid is then diluted and strengthened
several times. It is the belief that the essences of these flowers help
with emotional problems.
I myself have used them and
found them helpful. Flower essences are very gentle. As you are not actually
ingesting parts of plants they have no side affects. You generally take
the mixture four times a day. You can get flower essences from most health
food shops. Rescue remedy being probably the most popular. Rescue remedy
is a combination of flower essences to deal with shock, fear, pain any
sudden emotional or physical pain. It is a great one to carry around with
you and take when you have an anxiety attack or when you are feeling anxious.
Four different flower remedies can be mixed together and be taken. Four
seems to be the optimal number but you could get away with one more or
one less. Below are a list of some helpful remedies.
For Panic- Rock Rose, mimulus
For fear of
losing control or going crazy- Cherry Plum
Depression- mustard, sweet chestnut
shock and trauma- Star of Bethlehem
long hard struggles, letting go of the past- Oak
Let go of toxic