Nowadays, according to many researches as well as the lives we live, they are more stressful than ever! Even though technology is really advanced, the stress is still present.
There are about 40 million adults who fight with anxiety in the U.S.A. every day. Anxiety increases more while we’re in our workplace because of the increased competition and we have lesser time to fight with that stress.
Conflicts appear in our relationships, finances, health and at home, within our family. All of this often becomes overwhelming for us.
Women At Higher Risk…
The ones that have an increased rate of anxiety and stress are definitely women. It has been confirmed with numerous researches. They are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide or suffer from anxiety!
Here are some of the most common signs of anxiety in women:
- Problems sleeping
- Feeling of uneasiness, panic and fear
- Heart Palpitations
- Cold or sweaty feet or hands
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Can’t calm down or sit still
- Muscle Tension
- Tingling or numbness or in your feet or hands
- General Medicines Used to Treat Anxiety
If anxiety reaches the point when it becomes unbearable, specialists can help us with medicines. They often prescribe Prozac, Valium or Xanax.
These are medicines which can be extremely addictive. Almost 36% of drug overdoses appears from benzodiazepines. Addiction isn’t a solution. It only causes additional problems and stress.
The Effective Non-Drug Alternative
Numerous methods can be used to treat anxiety. Luckily, not all of them are drugs. One of the most effective natural methods includes lavender oil which is known to be able to treat anxiety and help you relax with its aroma.
This is an extremely powerful herb which scientists claim is effective like Lorazepam is. This is the leading pharmaceutical drug which is used against anxiety.
Here are some more medicinal benefits lavender oil has to offer:
- Fight Acne
- Fights Dandruff
- Pain Relief
- Stops Bloating
- Insomnia Relief
- Blood Circulation
- Calms Itchy Skin
- Increases Urine Flow
How to Use Lavender Oil to Relax?
You can use lavender oil by aromatherapy or orally.
If you want to use it as aromatherapy, you just have to combine from 4 to 6 drops of lavender oil with some icy cold or very hot water. Dip an absorbent fabric in the water you’ve chosen. Then, apply the fabric on the affected area, preferable the forehead or the chest.
Another thing you can do is to add several teaspoons of Epsom salt in your warm bath along with ½ a cup of dried or if you prefer them fresh lavender flowers.
If you want to take the oil orally, use lavender oil pills. Unfortunately, they are very hard to find. Prepare some tea with boiled water left to steep and 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh lavender. Leave it to stay for a while and then strain. Drink it warm.
In case you’re using some antidepressants or benzodiazepines like Valium, Ativan and Xanax, using aromatherapy might cause the appearance of drowsiness. Consult a doctor before you decide using lavender oil in this case!