Anxiety SUCKS. Truly. There is no way around that fact!
I dealt with anxiety on a low scale for most of my life, but boy did it get so much worse after I had my son. The experience that I had with postpartum anxiety was what finally landed me in the world of mineral balancing. This is how I found out about how a copper imbalance could have been my root cause of anxiety!
I have since healed from this issue, but it can take time for a root cause of an illness to balance out 100%. There are lots of ways to aid in anxiety though as you are healing from that root issue.
First of all, let’s go over what anxiety truly is and what the symptoms are.
I’m sure most people have had times of anxiety in their lives. Whether it is just for a short time period, or if you deal with it 24/7, anxiety is an extremely uncomfortable feeling.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling nervous or powerless
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or racing mind
The remedies for anxiety are going to differ based on what your cause is. For most people, copper dysregulation is at the core because excess, unbound copper can truly overstimulate the brain. Please read my whole post on copper to get an idea on how prevalent this issue truly is! If you have ever been on birth control, been a vegetarian/vegan, had copper pipes in your house, or have had children, then copper dysregulation could be your root cause!
Top Natural Anxiety Busters for Fast Relief
A lot of anxiety has to do with a mix of unbound copper that is floating around because we lack the bile flow to excrete it. Couple that with constipation, and you’re just going to be in a cycle of never ending anxiety. This dandelion tea can help with giving a boost of bile to help clear out whatever toxins might be causing your anxiety:
Minerals for Anxiety
Magnesium is a calming mineral. A majority of people are dealing with deficiency of magnesium, especially if they grew up eating the Standard American Diet, which is low in most critical nutrients like mag. Read my whole magnesium post here. These days, many people are deficient in many minerals though, so it’s helpful to use HTMA to determine what imbalances you personally have before adding in just one mineral.
My top pick for quick magnesium is a bath or foot bath. Work up to 2 ounces mag oil (1 cup of flakes), 1 cup of baking soda and you can add ½ cup of pink salt if desired. Epsom salts are also helpful for relaxation, although the mag oil/flakes tend to be better for raising mag levels. Either are a good choice to help with anxiety. You can even get some magnesium lotions like this awesome one with lavender to help relax quickly.
Herbs for Anxiety Relief
There are so many herbs out there that can help with anxiety, so we’re just going to go over the best ones that I’ve come across.
Oatstraw: I LOVE herbal infusions, and oatsraw is one of the best ones there is for dealing with anxiety. Oatstraw infusions are super high in magnesium, calcium, and B vitamins which are all helpful for the nervous system.
Infusions are super easy to make. Steep one ounce (about one cup) of dried herb in a quart of hot water for at least 4 hours- leaving it overnight is perfect. Strain the herbs and store the liquid in the fridge. Some reuse the herbs to make another quart or 2. Mason jars are perfect for making these infusions. Infusions will generally last about 2-4 days in the fridge after making them. If you find yours has gone a little bad, you can use it for any plants you might have or even a hair rinse after you wash your hair. Find oatstraw here!
Rhodiola: This is a potent adaptogen! Rhodiola helps a lot with chronic exhaustion, stress and anxiety.
Lavender: Whether it is in a tea or essential oil, lavender is one of the most common herbs used for anxiety and depression. Many studies have proven its benefit for helping stress. Diffuse the oil, get a toxin-free candle made with lavender EO, or just open the bottle and take a whiff 🙂
Stress Manager Formula from Herb Pharm– This formula has all of the best adaptogens in it! Eleuthero Root, Reishi Mushroom, Holy Basil Leaf, Rhodiola Root, and Schisandra Berry.
Herb Pharm also has this awesome spray that is easy to carry around- it is called Anxious Moment– you just use a few sprays when you are feeling a bit anxious and it can help to calm you down.
Why Healing the Gut can Help Anxiety
The gut is our second brain. When we are dealing with leaky gut, it is common to experience symptoms like anxiety and depression, so healing your gut is a must. Some quick helpers for experiencing relief include apple cider vinegar, grass-fed collagen, and probiotics. These are things you will have to continue for a time to experience continual healing but I have heard from many people that find fast relief with these 3 things.
For Apple cider vinegar: put 1 tsp-1 tbsp in a glass of water and drink this 1-3 times a day, preferably with meals.
For Collagen: Perfect Supplements is my favorite brand because they are one of the best qualities that I have found. Use 1-2 scoops a day to help get a great source of protein, as well as a boost of amino acids that are essential for gut and brain health.
For Probiotics: My top picks include Garden of Life 100 Billion CFU, Prescript Assist, and Catie’s Whole Food Flora. You can find more ideas here. Also, fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies can help replenish gut bacteria.
My top activities for helping calm anxiety include:
- Yoga- everyone knows about yoga, but not everyone likes doing it. Yoga has been one of the most popular ways to help de-stress for a long time. Even finding a few yoga positions that help you can help immensely. I like legs-on-the-wall, child’s pose, cat-and-cow, and corpse pose. Legs-on-the-wall is my absolute favorite, and I have heard from many people that this instantly calms them down when dealing with anxiety!
- EFT (aka Tapping)- Emotional Freedom technique is not new, but it has been garnering a lot of attention over the last few years in the natural health field. This method used meridian tapping to harness your body’s energy to heal itself.
- Buteyko breathing- A friend introduced me to this method this year, and I will forever be grateful. It truly is a great way to calm yourself down before bed, or if you wake up in the middle of the night, or even in the middle of a panic attack. It actually helps the healing of a lot of different ailments as well!
- Do something that makes you happy! Watch silly videos, read, color, go for a walk in nature, etc. Do something that helps take your mind off of what is going on.
So there you have it: my top natural anxiety relief tips. There are a LOT of things to try. Anxiety is just a (horrible) symptom, but you can heal from it once you find your root cause. As you heal though, you should be able to find relief with some of the ideas above. And remember: I HAVE BEEN THERE! I have HEALED! It is completely possible to heal from chronic illnesses. Stay strong, keep fighting, and don’t give up until you find your root cause.