ANXIETY

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender. Aids neurological issues such as anxiety, migraines and depression.

Roman Chamomile. May ease feelings of paranoia and aggression.

Vetiver. Used for relaxation; helps to alleviate anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Frankincense. Shown to help reduce heart rate and high blood pressure.

Research
A recent study found that supplementing with lavender essential oil alleviated anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression in participants; lavender oil treatment had no adverse side effects.

Home Remedy
Healing Bath Salts. Combine 3 cups of Epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda. At bath time, add 1 cup of the dry ingredients and 20 to 30 drops of lavender to warm bath water. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

Background
In today’s fast-paced, high- pressure society, it’s almost impossible not to feel anxious at some point in life. That is why an estimated 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. These feelings can interfere with daily activities involving his or her job, schoolwork and relationships. Constant anxiety can lead to high blood pressure, insomnia, digestive problems and panic attacks. Some causes include stress, thyroid problems and hormone imbalance, as well as excessive alcohol, caffeine or sugar intake.

Suggested Supplements

» Ashwagandha. An adaptogenic herb; shown to improve anxiety symptoms by reducing the effects of stress on the body.24

» Magnesium. Known as the “relaxation mineral;” reduces tension and calms the nervous system. Take 500 milligrams daily or use magnesium oil topically.