Anxiety can be described as a feeling of physical irritation that permeates throughout your entire being. It's a state of nervousness and total discomfort. The source of this fowl emotion could be psychological ( in your mind ), or even neurochemical ( chemical imbalance, narcotic withdrawal, etc). If you experience habitual anxiety or any other habitual fowl emotion, then the problem is most likely the habit itself. Physiological habits are hard to break, because they are literally wired into our minds. Those habits induce the release of peptides, which are the emotions we habitually feel. Peptides are chemicals released by the hypothalamus. You can think of them as the chemicals for emotions.
Many herbs can alter or tweak the production, release, or function of these chemicals. With all of this in mind, I'd like to share with you a list of herbs that many folks find help. Before I do that though, remember that It's important to make an effort in changing your habits daily. I firmly believe that these herbs can help someone to change their emotional habits, however; The goal should be to use the herbal remedies in combination with your own efforts towards changing your daily behavior, so that new habits can be made. In other words, your whole life is a bunch of habits, and you just have to choose the right habits to form. Chose a lifestyle that benefits you and the people around you.
I've compiled quite a bit of information for you. There are several list below. There's a section on Diet, Herbs For Anxiety, Meditation, and Music(sound). People around the world have reported great success with all of these practices. It's important to understand that everything you put in your body becomes your biology. A healthy diet, exercise, relaxation, and daily pleasures in moderation, all make life much more worth living. Below is the first section of information for you. It's a list of natural tools for anxiety, with a brief and scientific explanation of their properties.
Frankincense contains something called "inseensole actetate". In 2012, a study found that this "insensole actetate" was "concomitant to reduced serum corticosterone levels". What does this mean? Well, Corticosterone, also known as 17-deoxycortisol, belongs to the Adrenal
system. Your adrenal glands are affected by dangerous situations, emergency situations, caffeine, amphetamines, and other stimulants. Cortisol works with the adrenals. It's a stress hormone which is generally meant for emergency situations only. The study mentioned here has shown that this stuff actually reduced the levels of the hormone, which is absolutely incredible. Personally, I find a combination of Chamomile and Frankincense to be one of the most effective remedies for dealing with this dreaded emotion. It has many more benefits though, and you can learn much more about Frankincense here.
Chamomile is well known for its calming effects. As far as being pharmacological in nature, it's chalked full of medicines. I call them medicines because phytochemist have done tremendous amounts of research on each chemical constituent in the herb, and found so many medicinal qualities in each one, that it's just mind-boggling. Don't just take my word for it though, check out some academic journals on phytochemistry. British researchers discovered that it actually stimulates the immune system.(p 368) Because of this and its generally sedating qualities, its
ideal for anxiety relief. A healthy body and mind feels good, which hints that feeling bad in any way, indicates illness.
Today, Kratom is probably THE most popular herb on the planet, BESIDES Marijuana of course. That's because it behaves like an opiate. The thing is, it doesn't actually contain or produce any opiates which originate from the ACTUAL Opium Poppy. Its active constituents though, do bind to opioid receptors which creates the same kind of effects that opiates produce. It also works with the bodies adrenal system. One of the main things people use it for all around the world is dealing with anxiety and mood disorders, along with pain and insomnia.
Pain and insomnia can obviously actually cause anxiety, so you can see how those go hand in hand. Most people know that it produces a phytochemical called Mitragynine. What most people don't know is that kratom produces a large number of pharmacological alkaloids, like speciofoline. Kratom is an herbal narcotic, which is completely natural, harmless, and has killed not one person in thousands and thousands of years according to a researcher on a documentary called "Leaf Of Faith". The FDA states otherwise... Because it works like Morphine or any other opiate-like chemical according to them and researchers, it can certainly enhance ones mood and lower reduce stress. Excessive daily use on the other hand, may cause more negative side effects on mood and potentially can lead to habit forming which is hard to break. People have used it to get off of addictive pharmaceuticals and other drugs though, so don't get the wrong idea.
Passion Flower is classified as a sedative, among other things. Like a lot of other ethnobotanicals such as Syrian Rue, and Ayahuasca vine, it contains harmala, and related constituents. Harmala, for those of you who don't know, is an MAOI, and mild sedative. Passion Flower has a vast history of use for dealing with Anxiety, and conditions which are closely related. It's also prized for insomnia, headaches, and more.
It shouldn't be combined with certain medications or even other herbs. Keep that in mind, and make sure you do research before you combine it with anything else. On its own, the herb is harmless, and has never been known to cause any adverse reactions that I can tell. You can learn much more about Passion Flower here.
Kava Kava is basically, an intoxicating root. On the Island of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean, a beverage is made out of the Kava root, and cold water. When consumed, it produces inebriating effects similar to alcohol, only with a unique and organic twist. It has been CLINICALLY PROVEN to reduce anxiety. Some claim the flavor to be an acquired taste, but I've found it delicious sense the start.
Some drink it raw, some prefer cream, sugar, milk, etc. It goes good with vanilla, maple, cream, sugar, milk, etc. Coconut milk, is especially good with Kava root. Some prefer to take it in capsule form, others prefer a 'toss 'n wash', while most enjoy the delicious drink. I find the liquid cold water tea to be the most effective method of consumption.
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