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10 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Including calming balms and soothing infusions

Anxiety is a general feeling of unease, often without a specific cause. Left to become a chronic problem, anxiety can affect both mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our book Complete Wellness includes a number of natural anxiety treatments featuring soothing vitamins, herbs and essential oils. Discover 10 helpful home remedies below, each designed to ease anxiety symptoms.

1

Lemon balm infusion

Lemon balm induces a relaxed state of mind, easing tension and lifting the spirits. Avoid with hypothyroidism.

Method: Infuse 1–2 tsp dried lemon balm in 175ml (6fl oz) boiling water and drink 3 times daily.

2

Skullcap infusion

Skullcap is powerfully relaxing and nourishes the central nervous system, helping to ease feelings of anxiety and allay fears. Lemon balm and skullcap partner well in a calming infusion.

Method: Infuse 1–2 tsp dried skullcap in 175ml (6fl oz) boiling water and drink 3 times daily.

3

Wood betony infusion

Wood betony soothes, restores, and strengthens nerves, releasing tension.

Method: Add 0.5-1ml extract to a lemon balm or skullcap infusion 3 times daily.

Essential oils

Essential oils can be used to help steady breathing and calm the stress response, relieving anxiety.

4

Frankincense

Frankincense calms the mind and deepens breathing.

Method: Add 3 drops to a diffuser.

5

Lemon balm with oil

Lemon balm reduces anxiety and panic.

Method: Add 5 drops to 10ml almond oil for a soothing massage oil.

6

Mandarin

Mandarin is relaxing and calming.

Method: Add 5 drops to 2 tsp apricot oil for a massage, or mix 1 tsp with 1 tbsp bath dispersant; add to a bath.

Food

Magnesium-rich foods and those containing the amino acids gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), tryptophan, and l-theanine calm nerves. Neurotransmitters are made in the gut so fermented foods support the nervous system by promoting gut health.

7

Natural yogurt

Natural yogurt feeds good gut bacteria to restore balance to the gut.

Method: Add to fruits, cereals, and meals.

8

Kimchi

Kimchi, a traditionally fermented spicy side dish, contains probiotics that produce the nerve-calming neurotransmitter, GABA.

Method: Enjoy as a side dish or use as a condiment.

9

Oolong tea

Oolong tea has high levels of GABA.

Method: Swap coffee for a daily cup of this.

10

Almonds and cashews

Almonds and cashews have calming magnesium and the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted to mood-regulating serotonin in the body.

Method: Eat as nut butters or add to salads and stir-fries