Everyone to some extent suffers from worry and anxiety. Sometimes it is perfectly natural, like when you are waiting to see if you got into college or if you are going to ask someone to marry you. But for a lot of people, chronic worrying and anxiety is a chaotic and destabilizing part of everyday life. I want to stress that anxiety and panic attacks are a real, honest to Goddess medical condition and that you are not alone. 40 million adults age 18 or older in the United States suffer from anxiety, including yours truly. If you suspect that you suffer from this condition, please see a doctor or medical practitioner and implement a rigorous self care routine.
As part of my awesome anti-anxiety routine, I developed a tea to drink in the evenings and at times of high stress as well as an essential oil blend to carry with me and to wear as a perfume during times of high stress. These are two little concoctions of calming herbs oils that really have helped me through some bad moments. I am sharing them in hopes that they helps other people start to feel a little better.
As always, I am not a doctor or a medical practitioner. So take my suggestions with a grain of salt.
Calming Tea Blend*
- 2 parts dried chamomile flowers
- 2 parts dried lemon balm
- 2 parts dried passionflower
- 1 part dried skullcap
- 2 large pinches (or to taste) dried lavender flowers
Combine these herbs and store in a glass, air-tight container (I use a mason jar). To prepare, put 2 teaspoons of this herb mix into a tea infuser basket and place it in your favorite mug. Pour boiling water into your mug and let the herbs steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
If you use Bach Flower Essences, feel free to add them to this tea.
Calming and Stabalizing Oil Blend
- 3-5 drops lavender essential oil (to your taste)
- 1-2 drops grapefruit essential oil**
- 1 drop chamomile essential oil
- 2-3 drops vetivert essential oil
- A carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond
- A few tiny chips of amethyst
- A clean dropper bottle
Combine the oils and amethyst chips in the dropper bottle, cap it, shake, and enjoy!
Lavender, chamomile, and vetivert are classic healing, anti-anxiety, and calming oils. Grapefruit is a cheerful oil that promotes happiness and well-being.
PRO TIP: If you suffer from chronic anxiety, I strongly suggest carrying a bottle of lavender essential oil with you. If you find yourself overwhelmed or on the verge of a panic attack, put a few drops on your palms and cup your hands around your nose. Breathe deeply.
*Check with your doctor or health practitioner to make sure none of these herbs interact with any medications or other therapies you use.
**Grapefruit, like most citrus oils, are not good for people with sensitive skin or who spend a lot of time outside (they’re phototoxic and will cause serious sunburns). Omit if necessary.
© Ariadne Woods