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Everyone experiences anxiety when faced with stressful situations, like going to a job interview, having an important exam or attending a major event. However, being anxious from time to time is different from having an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are not temporary and over time they become debilitating.
If you suffer from any form of anxiety you might be constantly struggling to ease the discomfort. The good news is that you are not alone and there are many ways in which you can help yourself cope with anxiety. The key is to find what works best for you and be consistent with practicing what benefits your mental health.
Psychologist Dr Malcolm Cross at City University London confirmed tea can release stress and anxiety instantly. His experiment revealed that a single cup of tea reduces anxiety triggered stressful factors.
“This study shows that the social psychological aspects of tea enhance the effects of its chemical make-up on our bodies and brains. It’s possible that this culturally rooted, symbiotic function between mind and body explains why Britons instinctively turn to tea in times of need,” he said.
Natural tea is a great way to start helping yourself manage anxiety, relieve stress and discomfort instantly.
More and more studies find that natural remedies are as efficient as medication, and without the side effects. A study conducted by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine revealed that Chamomile tea is efficient in easing anxiety. The study had two groups of participants, one using Chamomile tea and the other group being on placebo. 57% of those using Chamomile tea had their anxiety reduced by 50%.
It is recommended that you use Chamomile tea over the course of several months to experience its full benefits. However, keep in mind that herbal tea is powerful and its benefic effects are immediate. Try drinking a cup of herbal tea whenever you feel anxious and observe which herb benefits you the most.
Peppermint is often used by people who suffer from insomnia or sleep disorders due to its relaxing properties. People with anxiety and depression find it hard to relax so Peppermint tea will help greatly. When you feel agitated, try sipping Peppermint tea, observe if your mood changes. It is important to notice what works for you. If Peppermint tea won’t relax you, you can try another herbal tea.
Peppermint tea is good for digestive problems too, a common issue in people with anxiety and depression. It works greatly for headaches and migraines. It is caffeine free and you can drink up to 5 cups a day, but not more. Pregnant women should avoid drinking it.
Lemon balm is another beneficial herb you can use to reduce stress and anxiety, ease pain and discomfort. Lemon balm has been used for centuries as a natural relaxing supplement. Irritability, nervousness, and even depression are defeated by this powerful herb. Lemon balm is also beneficial for memory and speed processing.
Many users reported that lemon balm helped them with heart palpitations, digestive problems and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lemon balm is a safe herb; the only side effect noticed was drowsiness.
Lavender was subject for a scientific research conducted by Dr. Siegfried Kasper, Prof., MD, from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. The study focused on Silexan, a lavender oil preparation in 80 mg gelatin capsules. Results showed that “In patients with subsyndromal anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) an anxiolytic effect of Silexan was evident after 2 weeks.” (Source)
Researchers think that lavender has a beneficial impact on the substances in the brain, same as antidepressants.
Lavender was used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions. Three clinical trials were identified which investigated the efficacy of oral lavender oil preparation (silexan) an essential oil produced from lavender flowers by steam distillation), administered once daily at a dose of 80 mg/day, in subsyndromal (mixed) anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder as well as in restlessness and agitation. Anxiolytic effect of lavender was superior to placebo in 221 patients suffering from anxiety disorder. In addition, lavender improved associated symptoms such as restlessness, disturbed sleep, and somatic complaints and had a beneficial influence on general well-being and quality of life pressants.(Source)
If you are not sure what supplements to take, tea is always the simplest and easiest solution. You can find almost any herb at the local grocery store. It is preferable that you don’t use tea bags as they are less efficient, and never boil the herbs because they will lose their essential oils. Best way to prepare your herbal tea is pouring the boiled water over the herbs, cover the cup and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The tea- package should mention the recommended time for brewage.
Keep in mind that you are in control of your anxiety by using natural remedies or other methods such as meditation or breathing techniques. Once you start and persevere, result will come along and make your life merrier.