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 itrussive toughts that make everyday life a bit more challenging than for the average person. Some people can find relief by using a natural remedy 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.
I find 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”. Source
Fear in a nutshell is a response to an immediate threat you are experiencing. For example: When you are hiking and you see a bear.
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”. Source
Explained simple. 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 use lightly to explain overwhelming toughts. 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”. Source
Anxiety is an overload of invasive toughts 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 excercice compassion and understanding. We never know what people is 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, etcetera.
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. Specially St. Johns Worth – Hypericum perforatum, Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis, and Valeriana – Valeriana officinalis. I still have invasive toughts and I am consciously every day working towards recovery.
Today I am sharing with you my favorite Angs tea, which I illustrated for my herbal zine “My herbal helpers”. The zine is a small illustrted guide to some of the plants I use to treat common issues.
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!
Natural remedy recipes from my shop
Herbal recipes for helping with:
Acne, Anxiety, Bloatedness, Depression, Flu / Cold, Inflammation, Menstrual pain, Migraine / Headache
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The package includes all 8 illustrations and also the “My Herbal Helpers” booklet.
8 Hand signed Art prints on thick paper.
Deluxe covers for the prints.
1 “My herbal helpers” booklet.
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These flower girl art prints are part of a series called “My Herbal Helpers” that is about healing plants. All prints have a herbal recipe on the back side. This illustration is about anxiety and herbs that can ease the symptoms.
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Herbs are great allies to help you cope with anxiety as well as other conditions such as acne, digestive issues, and depression.
I hope that this recipe helps you in moments of anxiety. I use it all the time and it always brings me peace. It tastes delicious!
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.
Good luck, and take care of yourself.