Do you suffer from anxiety, stress or fear?
Suffering from anxiety feels like you are constantly on the edge. You feel constantly overwhelmed with worries, possible scenarios and intrusive thoughts that make everyday life a bit more challenging than for the average person. Some people can find relief by using a natural recipe for anxiety and some others might need to visit a therapist. We all experience our feelings in different ways and our minds are complex, therefore a “One size fits all” to cure mental health issues is questionable.Jump to Recipe
I find it important to highlight that there is a difference between fear, stress and anxiety although all can experience the same symptoms.
What is fear?
According to psychology today: “Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger; it has strong roots in human evolution. If people didn’t feel fear, they couldn’t protect themselves from legitimate threats”.
Fear in a nutshell is a response to an immediate threat you are experiencing. For example: When you see someone threatening.
What is stress?
Stress on the other hand, “…is your body’s reaction to a trigger and is generally a short-term experience. Stress is a response to a threat in any given situation.”
Stress is the reaction of your body to a trigger that demands high performance in your entire body. From hormones to cognition. For example: An impossible work deadline makes you perform multiple tasks faster and deliver on time.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a term used lightly to explain overwhelming thoughts. However, “… Anxiety, on the other hand, is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety hangs around for the long haul, and can cause significant impairment in social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning”.
Anxiety is an overload of intrusive htoughts that trigger stress responses with or without triggers. For example: Exagerated startle responses and difficulty controlling worries.
From the outside looking in, it can be difficult to spot the differences between stress, fear and anxiety and sometimes people who suffer from these three can look totally normal. Therefore it is so important to exercise compassion and understanding. We never know what people are going through.
If you feel that your anxiety is taking control over your life, I will recommend you to visit a licenced therapist. Sometimes professional help can help solve anxiety disorders caused by previous trauma , addictions and other circumstances.
Being a highly sensitive person, and anxiety and CPTSD sufferer myself I have worked very hard to find a non invasive approach to curing it. The recovery is never a straight line and sometimes I find myself gravitating towards my shadow and dwelling in my past experiences. When that happens I try to be extra careful about triggers, self care and I call my plant allies. I have found some plant allies that have helped me for some years now. Especially St. John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum, Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis, and Valerian – Valeriana officinalis. I still have intrusive thoughts and I am consciously working towards recovery.
Today I am sharing with you my favorite Angst Tea, which I illustrated for my herbal zine “My herbal helpers”. The zine is a small illustrated guide to some of the plants I use to treat common issues.
Please Consult your doctor If you are taking antidepressants or anxiety medicines before attempting to use plant allies.
Using St. John’s wort together with 5-hydroxytryptophan can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called the serotonin syndrome.
I am not a licenced practitioner. I am posting this information for informational purposes. Use herbs with caution, inform yourself and do your research.
Herbs are great allies to help you cope with anxiety as well as other conditions such as acne, digestive issues, and depression. Beside herbs I personally recommend taking a look into self care as well as ice swimming.
I hope that this recipe helps you in moments of anxiety. I use it all the time and it always brings me peace plus it tastes delicious! 😀
Anxiety relief tea
- 2 handful Dried or fresh lemon balm leaves (Melissa officinalis).
- 2 teaspoon dried Valeriana root (Valeriana officinalis).
- 1 whole Lemon.
- 6 dl of water. equiv. 3 cups of water
- 1 1/2 spoon Sugar, Stevia, Honey or sweetener of your choice.
- Bring the water to a boil
- Carefully place the boiling water in the teapot
- Add the Lemon balm and Valeriana into the teapot and put the lid on. (All medicinal herbs have volatile oils which can escape when you do not have the lid on.)
- Let it steep for 5 minutes
- Pour into your favorite cup and add sweetener and lemon to your taste!
Do you use other plants or recipes for treating your stress or anxiety? Let me know in the comments below. I love to learn from you. All the best, and take care of yourself!