If a person suffers from apprehension, anxiety, or panic, it’s usually preceded by stress, insomnia, and poor diet. An apprehensive attitude also points to a stressed nervous system, and one way you can calm your nervous system is to eat nutritious foods and use herbal teas and flower essences that have calming, relaxing, and sedative properties.
Rosemary Gladstar, well-known herbalist and author, suggests in her book, Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality, a nerve tonic to calm the nervous system. In fact, she suggests you take 1 cup, two to three times a day for up to three months to help alleviate anxiety symptoms. It’s a simple infusion and a simple recipe.
Nerve Tonic Formula
3 parts lemon balm
1 part chamomile
1 part oats
1/2 part chrysanthemum flowers
1/2 part rose petals
1/4 part lavender flowers
You add 4 to 8 Tablespoons of the herb mixture to 1 quart of water and steep for up to twenty minutes.
Gladstar also recommends a few other things. She suggests sedative teas when you feel stressed, and sedative herbs include California poppy, hops, lemon balm, kava-kava, or valerian. She also suggests you use rock rose flower essence if you have panic attacks or aspen flower essence if you suffer from anxiety. Flower essences are odorless and tasteless and are absorbed almost instantly into the bloodstream. To use them the standard dosage is one or two drops under your tongue two or three times a day. You can find them at any natural food store.
There are a few other herbs that aid against anxiety. Apparently, both chamomile and fennel can help with symptoms. Either one can be taken daily and standard recommendations are 1 cup of fennel before or after each meal or 1 cup of chamomile three times daily. Another herb recommended for anxiety is gingko (also spelled ginkgo) biloba. It is suggested by author, herbalist, and oriental medicine doctor, Michael Tierra.
Tierra claims gingko biloba increases blood flow in the brain, which helps reduce anxiety and tension, and “the potency of the European extract that has demonstrated effectiveness is a 50-to-1 extract…standardized to 24% of the flavone glycosides. To date, there are literally hundreds of scientific studies attesting to the benefits of using this 24% concentrated extract.” If you’re interested, here’s a link to Gingko Biloba. Tierra recommends a standard dose of 40 mg, 3 times a day, for no less than three months.
Tierra also asserts that “treatment with gingko under four to eight weeks is considered too short to be effective.” However, although it is rare, there can be side effects with gingko that include dermatitits, diarrhea, irritability, restlessness, and vomitting. Anyone with blood circulation disorders or taking anti-coagulants, such as aspirin, should also be cautious, and, if someone has side effects when taking gingko, the person should lower the dosage or discontinue it completely.
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If you’re interested in learning more about reducing anxiety and panic attacks through diet, read Foods to Avoid for Anxiety. If you’re interested in learning more about herbs, you can purchase Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality or Tierra’s book, The Way of Herbs.