With the ever increasing advancement of society, our lives seem to be getting faster and more stressful than ever before. Thoughts about our future, health, family, work and other things are constantly rushing through our brain, having us worried a little bit too much.
This often causes people to feel anxious and to fail to live a normal everyday life. Severe anxiety is a case where people worry about too many things without a rational reason. This condition can get so serious to the point where the normal skills and daily activities of an individual are affected.
The anxiety disorder is the most common mental disorder in America, but in the whole world as well. Around 6.8 million American adults suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.
According to science, women are more prone to this disorder than men, and the disorder usually appears in the adolescence with its symptoms intensifying over time. In some cases, anxiety and depression in an individual can be a result from a neurochemical imbalance in the body, such as lack of dopamine or serotonin.
Some common symptoms of anxiety in women are:
- Muscle tension, body pain and aches
- Unrealistic perception of problems
- Worrying about everyday simple tasks
- Nausea and pain
- Inability to relax
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or irritability
- Frequent bathroom urges
- Difficulty swallowing
- Symptoms of depression
- Light-headedness or out of breath
- Frequent headaches
- Restlessness and being “on edge” or easily startled
- Twitching or trembling
- Difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep
In the majority of cases, anxiety is treated with benzodiazepines such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. However these medications have been known to cause addictions, so when the patients get addicted to the chemicals, they develop additional physical and psychological distress.
The treatment of chronic anxiety or panic attacks can sometimes also involve antidepressants such as Paxil, Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, and Zoloft – all medications which fail to deliver results and cause severe adverse side-effects.
This is why we must find an alternative medicine solution treatment for anxiety.
According to a number of studies, lavender is a highly effective herb in the natural treatment of anxiety. A study was published in the journal Phytomedicine, which showed that lavender oil was shown to be as effective as the pharmaceutical drug Ativan (Iorazepam).
What is also good about this oil is that it doesn’t form an addiction and it doesn’t cause harmful unwanted side-effects.
Lavender oil has plenty beneficial effects in the case of anxiety, as well as:
- It treats symptoms of depression
- It relieves insomnia, nervousness and restlessness
- Aids in the case of dementia-related agitation
- It treats inflammatory conditions as well as joint pain and migraines
Using Lavender Oil to Calm Nervousness and Relieve Anxiety Symptoms
To prepare lavender tea simply add 1-2 tablespoons of whole dried flowers to a cup of boiling water, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid before consumption.
Lavender leaves and flowers can also be found in a liquid form. Add 6 drops of lavender oil extract to your bath water (1/4 to ½ cup of dried lavender flowers).
The oil can also be taken orally, but this is mostly recommended for adults. It is difficult to find lavender oil capsules in health food stores, but it can easily be found at online stores.
NOTE: Consult with a doctor first before you start any new lavender oil-related treatments, so that the doctor can determine the right dosage for you. Keep the capsules away from children.
The oral use or aromatherapy of lavender oil, may lead to drowsiness, if combined with pharmaceutical medications such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines (Valium, Ativan, Xanax), or narcotics such as codeine. Also if you’re taking prescription medications, consult with your doctor before using the lavender oil.