Anxiety

Introduction

Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but when it becomes overwhelming, it can take a toll on mental and physical well-being. Excessive worry, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating are just a few of the symptoms that can disrupt daily life. In this comprehensive guide, we explore natural approaches to alleviate anxiety and promote emotional well-being. Discover the calming potential of herbs like passionflower, kava, valerian root, and others. Uncover holistic strategies for managing anxiety and finding tranquility in the midst of life’s challenges.

Treatments

Herbs

Passionflower, kava, valerian root, lemon balm, ashwagandha

Directions

  1. Passionflower: Take 500 milligrams of passionflower supplements up to twice daily. Passionflower can also be brewed into a tea by steeping one teaspoon of dried passionflower leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, and drinking up to three cups daily.
  2. Kava: Take 250-300 milligrams of standardized kava extract up to three times daily. Kava can also be brewed into a tea by steeping 2-4 tablespoons of kava root powder in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes, and drinking up to three cups daily.
  3. Valerian root: Take 300-500 milligrams of valerian root supplements up to twice daily. Valerian root can also be brewed into a tea by steeping one teaspoon of dried valerian root in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes, and drinking up to three cups daily.
Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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