Nowadays, we have a lot of technology, and for every problem we can find a solution, but even this, some studies have shown that we are still under stress, and we are more stressed than we were in the past.
In the United States, 40 million adults are fighting with anxiety. With increased rates of competition in the workplace we are faced with higher amounts of anxiety, but less time to manage our stress. Also, we are facing every day with many types of conflicts, such as with our friends, family, health, finances, school, etc. These conflicts sometimes can be very stressful.
Women have a higher risk…
Some studies have found that women are at the higher risk of stress and anxiety, they are twice more exposed to depression than men. Also, they are 3 times more exposed to anxiety than men. Here are some signs of anxiety for women:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Shortness of breath
- Cold or sweaty hands or feet
- Heart Palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Inability to be still and calm
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs
- Muscle Tension
GENERAL MEDS USED TO TREAT ANXIETY
When the anxiety becomes more than we can bare, and mundane tasks become difficult, often we turn to the help of pharmaceutical drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Prozac.
Unfortunately, while these medications may be helpful they are also highly addictive, with nearly 36% of drug overdoses coming from benzodiazepines . This addiction can lead to even further stress and problems.
THE EFFECTIVE NON-DRUG ALTERNATIVE
There are many highly effective natural and non-addictive methods to treat anxiety, one of which is the use of Lavender Oil. Lavender has a long-standing reputation for its relaxing aroma and treatment for anxiety.
Researchers are now discovering that the use of this powerful herb can actually be just as effective as Lorazepam, a leading pharmaceutical drug used to treat anxiety .
In addition to the treatment of anxiety, researchers have also found lavender to hold the following medicinal benefits :
- Fights Dandruff
- Stops Bloating
- Calms Itchy Skin
- Insomnia Relief
- Fight Acne
- Increases Urine Flow
- Pain Relief
- Blood Circulation
USING LAVENDER OIL TO RELAX
You can draw the benefits of lavender oil through oral administration or aromatherapy.
If you choose aromatherapy, just put 4-6 drops of the oil into ice-cold or very hot water, and then dip an absorbent fabric in the water. Afterwards, place the damp piece of cloth against your forehead, chest, or affected area.
Also, you can add about ½ cup of fresh or dried lavender flowers plus some spoonfuls of Epson salt into a warm bath.
If you want to take the lavender oil orally, lavender oil pill can be your ideal option. However, these pills can be hard to find. Alternatively, you can add 1-2 teaspoons of fresh or dried lavender leaves in boiling water to prepare lavender-based tea. Steep it, and strain before drinking.
The use of aromatherapy either orally or through aromatherapy can cause drowsiness when taken with benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium) or certain antidepressants. Make sure to consult with your naturopath or health care practitioner before trying any of these.