Anxiety is a very common problem suffered by many people today. Anxiety is sim- ply a state of apprehension or even fear in the face of danger or a perceived threat. When it is functioning correctly, it is a natural, healthy response to danger. With anxiety, the body increases adrenaline and allows the body to cope with danger. The problem arises when there is no real danger and the body cannot release the nervous energy caused by the anxiety and adrenaline rush. When we are faced with a frightening situation, our body prepares us for fleeing or fighting by pouring adrenaline into our system. If this nervous energy is not re- leased by taking action, a physiological confusion occurs and we experience a panic attack. Symptoms may include over breathing, dizziness, and shortness of breath, visual disturbance, clammy hands, dry mouth, sweaty palms, rapid pulse, headaches, general weakness, and fatigue, tightness in the chest, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, diarrhea, insomnia, and racing of the heart. As you can see, anxiety can be extremely problematic to your health, especially if it is chronic. Even though anxiety is a natural healthy response to a threatening situation, it can, however, take a person over. A person can experience chronic anxiety with a constant feeling of worry, as with depression, or the sufferer can have an acute anxiety attack, when a sudden overwhelming fear and feelings of dread come over the person. A persistent state of anxiety can self-perpetuate and sap energy. Anxiety is an element of many psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and panic attacks. Al- ways consult a physician before using any treatments and make sure there are no adverse interactions with current medicine. A lot of time, energy, research and love went into the making of this manual; and it is the purpose of this manual to provide you with the easiest, safest and healthiest natural remedies for anxiety.

Understanding Anxiety

It is very important to understand anxiety in order to use a proper treatment that will work on a more permanent basis without making the problem worse; so, we may go over this several times throughout this book. Anxiety is simply a state of apprehension or even fear in the face of danger or a perceived threat. When it is functioning correctly, it is a natural, healthy response to danger. With anxiety, the body increases adrenaline and allows the body to cope with danger. The problem arises when there is no real danger and the body cannot release the nervous energy caused by the anxiety and adrenaline rush. When we are faced with a frightening situation, our body prepares us for fleeing or fighting by pouring adrenaline into our system. If this nervous energy is not re- leased by taking action, a physiological confusion occurs and we experience a panic attack. Symptoms may include over breathing, dizziness, and shortness of breath, visual disturbance, clammy hands, dry mouth, sweaty palms, rapid pulse, headaches, general weakness, and fatigue, tightness in the chest, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, diarrhea, insomnia, and racing of the heart. As you can see, anxiety can be extremely problematic to your health, especially if it is chronic. Even though anxiety is a natural healthy response to a threatening situation, it can, however, take a person over. A person can experience chronic anxiety with a constant feeling of worry, as with depression, or the sufferer can have an acute anxiety attack, when a sudden overwhelming fear and feelings of dread come over the per- son. A persistent state of anxiety can self-perpetuate and sap energy. Anxiety is an element of many psychological disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and panic attacks. Al- ways consult a physician before using any treatments and make sure there are no adverse interactions with current medicine.

Safer Home Remedies that Actually Work are the Answer

Some of the solutions treat specific symptoms, others are designed to return the body to a more balanced state; some are for specific types of problems such as when there is a sudden panic attack, and still others work to correct problems that may be causing your anxiety in the first place like vitamin deficiency. A good treatment plan will include several different remedies that will work on different aspects of the problem, such as: 

– A home remedy of oats to gently ease the nerves.

 – A homeopathic treatment of ignatia for anxiety following a distressing event. 

– Eliminating caffeine from your diet to prevent nervous conditions from happening. 

– Increasing your intake of B vitamins, which work on the nervous system. 

That is just an example of how you can use the treatments in this book inter- changeably and together in order to find the right remedy that works for you. The treatments are all safe, natural, and include suggestions of use and warnings within the descriptions.

Oats

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The thiamin and pantothenic acid in oats act as gentle nerve tonics. Taken on a daily basis, oats can dramatically improve one’s health in many ways, including the reduction of anxious tension. Among oats many health benefits, they lower blood cholesterol, control hormonal activity, are cleansing, rich in B vitamins, and are an antidepressant. They are often used to treat stress, depression, and nervous disorders. Cooked oats have been found to relieve fatigue, which often accompanies anxiety. Oats can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into a tincture. An oat tincture is made by adding 1 oz. oats to 6 fluid ounces alcohol (like vodka or brandy) and 3 fluid ounces water. This tincture should be put in a glass jar with a lid and left for 2 weeks. Shake occasionally. After 2 weeks, strain and place into a small clean bottle. Label, date, and store in a cool place away from children. Will keep indefinitely. A standard adult dose is 1 teaspoon 3 times daily. 

Caution: Even though oats do not contain gluten, they can be contaminated by gluten that has been processed in the same area. Oats that are certified gluten free are tested and safe; however, some people who are allergic to gluten are also allergic to the avenin that is in oats.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is traditionally practiced in India and Sri Lanka. Being holistic, this system of medicine takes into consideration our mind, body, and spirit in the diagnosis and treatment of illness. It is a complete system of healthcare, intended to contribute to a way of life, rather than a treatment used from time to time.

Panchakarma Cleansing

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The best Ayurvedic treatment for anxiety comes from an Ayurvedic practitioner who balances the three doshas, and uses panchakarma cleansing for balancing the vatha. It is recommended that only a skilled practitioner perform this cleansing.

Oil Massage

A full body massage with warm sesame oil will relax the nerves and balance the vatha. Make sure the oil is warm and not hot. Caution: A person who does not know what they are doing can cause serious dam- age to the body and muscles while attempting to massage. A person with poor blood circulation should consult a physician before attempting to receive a massage.  Back to Table of Contents  

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a holistic treatment, which means that it looks at the individual as a whole – the person’s physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health is taken into consideration. Like cures like – This is the principle that is adhered to while using Homeopathic methods for treatment, meaning that the treatment given is similar in properties to the ailment being treated. 

Homeopathic remedies are usually dangerous in large doses, harder to find than other treatments, and it is highly recommended that they be taken under the care of a homeopathic practitioner. 

A constitutional treatment plan from a professional homeopathic practitioner is best, but the following treatments have proven to be helpful: 

Calcarea

Calcarea has been used for individuals who have anxiety accompanied by forget- fulness, a fear for sanity, and the feeling of cold.  Back to Table of Contents  

Arsenicum

Arsenicum is a deadly poison, but in small doses it has been used to treat anxiety that is accompanied by restlessness, tiredness, insecurity, and when the individual fights anxiety by being excessively tidy.  

 Aconite

Aconite has been used to relieve a person with a sudden panic attack.   

 Nat. Mur.

Nat. Mur., commonly known as rock salt, is used to treat an individual who hates fuss, and has anxiety accompanied by morbid thoughts.   

Essential Oil Blend

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Thoroughly mix these essential oils: 1 part bergamot, 1 part lavender, 1 part geranium, and 4 parts almond or peach kernel oil. Use this mixture in a soothing and comfortably hot bath in order to relieve anxiety and stress. I use a ½ teaspoon to measure. Bergamot is a powerful antidepressant. It has been used with great success on balancing moods. It is rather strong and should never be used undiluted on the skin. Always mix with a carrier oil such as almond or peach. Lavender is the most versatile and well-loved of all essential oils. Among its many beneficial attributes, it is very soothing, calming, and it is an antidepressant. It is usually safe, but some with severe Asthma or hay fever sufferers may be allergic. Geranium is considered to be quite energizing and uplifting. Its balancing effect on the nervous system helps to alleviate anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, apathy, and stress. This is considered relatively safe, however those with sensitive skin or severe allergies can have irritation and should use with caution. A diluted mix should be ok. All of these essential oils can be found at any health food store

Herbalism

Skullcap and Valerian Tea

Either a tea or an infusion of these two herbs together has been proven helpful. Drink three times daily while suffering from anxiety. Add 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls (of leaves and flower for tea, of all parts of the plant for infusion) to a cup of boiling water and steep for several minutes before straining and drinking. A few drops of the extract can be used as well. Skullcap is an antispasmodic and it calms and strengthens the nervous system. It is often used for anxiety, tension, headaches, and depression. Valerian root is a sedative, antispasmodic, nerve restorative, and it calms the heart. It has a long history of use for anxiety and depression.

Chinese Herbalism

Chinese Herbalism is a holistic system of medicine that attempts to restore balance to the person as a whole, rather than being used as an occasional treatment of a specific disease. A Chinese herbalist will design a relaxing treatment that is designed to strengthen the spleen and enliven liver qi

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