When it comes to treating anxiety, there are many natural treatments that have proven to be effective for a large number of people.
While there is never going to be a magic pill that cures all sources of anxiety, many long-time Eastern or natural treatments for anxiety and stress have actually help up quite well in laboratory testing by medical schools and universities.
In some cases, modern testing has shown some of these options to be among the most consistently helpful when it comes to helping patients get rid of their anxiety.
If you have lived with anxiety for any amount of time then you know how real the struggle can get.
Anxiety attacks are never easy and by focusing on learning more about some of these natural treatments you will be armed with the knowledge you need to help prepare for any future issues while being properly armed to help treat your anxiety at a moment’s notice.
Before we dive into these natural treatment options, it’s important to note that anyone suffering from anxiety should consult their medical doctor for the course of action and to discuss the treatment options that will work best for you.
With that said, read on to learn more about the seven best natural treatments for anxiety.
1. CBD Oil
At this point there is pretty much no question that CBD oil can be an absolutely incredible treatment for mild, moderate, and in some cases even extreme anxiety (read more). Stories on these benefits are not only experience related from hundreds or even thousands of first-hand accounts but stories on the many successful studies have appeared in various publications.
There were the obvious outlets like “High Times”(1) but Medical News Today’s website (2) links to nearly a dozen different clinical studies that have been done on the effectiveness of CBD Oil, and even NPR(3) can’t ignore the potential that CBD oil shows on a physiological level to help fight anxious feelings.
CBD oil is derived from cannabis, from the hemp plant, and has been a response to create something that has some of the widely believed anxiety and stress busting benefits of marijuana without any of the “high” or psychoactive effects.
This helps create a natural treatment for these conditions that have the benefits without the side effects that many people would consider bad, and it creates a product that is clearly separate from the “drug” that it is derived from.
CBD oil is available in several forms. It is popular via dropper where a couple drops are put under the tongue, in vape pens for vapers, or for home vaporizers as part of aromatherapy making it very versatile, as well.
Kava is a supplement that has really caught the attention of many people who suffer from anxiety, as well as those who prescribe natural remedies and solutions. Generally available in capsule form, Kava has long been a natural plant remedy popular in a wide variety of traditional Polynesian treatments. As a supplement it has been available for a couple decades as major studies were done on the effectiveness of Kava as far back as 2001.
Plenty of studies show that Kava not only worked well as a supplement that helped to knock down minor anxiousness but in many studies it was used to supplement and then slowly replace prescription based anti-anxiety medicines like benzodiazepines(4).
They were surprisingly effective and these effects have been confirmed by multiple studies since making them an optimal natural option for anxiety treatments.
Lavender has long been a very popular natural herb that many individuals touted for its natural medicinal properties, and there are multiple studies that seem to confirm its effectiveness, especially in the area of anxiety. Advanced medical studies that have been reviewed and released in the Mental Health Clinician journal and summarized online at the NCBI government website(5).
Through aromatherapy and essential oil treatments, lavender has proved not only a relaxing scent in the conscious sense, but it often has a positive physiological benefit to help remove the chemicals in the body that cause anxiety.
This popularity bleeds over into many other areas as well and lavender essential oils, for example, are among one of the most popular options out there. This can be for topographical use or, following the tradition of where it comes from, through aromatherapy and vaporizer treatments.
Chamomile tea is a favorite among many natural medicine enthusiasts and for good reason!
Long seen as one of the best natural teas for help with relaxing muscles, improving sleep, and cutting away stress and anxiety, chamomile is the main ingredient and has stayed remarkably popular over the centuries. There’s no talk of “re-discovered” medicinal value here because this tea has remained popular for many years!
While tea is still the most popular way that chamomile is used in anxiety treatments it is definitely worth noting that more and more often chamomile is also being made available in capsules specifically for its use in treating anxiousness.
A series of successful studies have shown that chamomile can have a really impressive ability as an anxiety treatment versus other medicines or placebos, as well(6).
An old Eastern Medicine treatment, acupuncture is used for a wide variety of different issues. Whether stress, depression, anxiety, or even things like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or even PTSD in some cases (more treating the symptoms there than the root, but in that case sometimes that is the best course of action).
Acupuncture has been around for many centuries and was one of the earlier Eastern treatments that was incredibly well known mainstream well before many of these herbal treatments due to its nature.
Acupuncture works by taking heated needles (sometimes in combination with incense) and they are placed into the skin at certain “Qi points” that releases energy. Whether or not you believe in the spiritual energies, the release of endorphins from the needles and the calm and relaxing setting seems to have a noticeable positive effect for many people.
While tradition talks about the benefit that acupuncture brings to the table does it really hold up under study?
The quick answer is yes, and many highly reputable and authoritative medical websites run by doctors have joined the side of believers(7). Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be a very effective treatment when it comes to anxiety. This applies whether dealing with general anxiety or even in dealing with a confirmed general anxiety disorder.
Far different from many other treatments on here, nonetheless acupuncture offers some serious anxiety treatment.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils seem to be everywhere in the news, and there’s a good reason for that. They are used for a wide variety of different treatments and there are even over a dozen different essential oils specifically targeted as being a great option specifically for use with anxiety.
From medical journals to popular mainstream options like Shape Magazine, there are many different options when it comes to finding an essential oil for aromatherapy that could be used for helping to fight stress, anxiety, and everything that comes with those feelings (8).
Essential oils are outstanding options, and part of the reason they are so popular is because they can often be combined with other options on this list to really hit anxiety from more than one angle.
Just a short list of good essential oil options for anxiety include:
There are few practices that can be employed by literally everyone and have massive positive benefit, and meditation is near the top of the list of ones that do just that! Meditation has been used for several millenniums and is one of the best way to create an emotional and mental strength and a foundation that allows you to help fight anxiety and stress seemingly at will.
The longer you commit to meditation, the more effective it becomes and most people report that it takes several weeks to fully have it “click” but that once it does the changes are incredible and meditating doesn’t become a burden but becomes an incredibly relaxing time that people start looking to.
Anyone who has regularly practiced meditation knows first hand how powerful meditation can be when it comes to getting rid of stress and anxiety. The science and clinical studies backs up their firsthand experiences, as well.
In fact, a major study done by the Harvard School of Medicine has shown that mindfulness meditation could have a powerful effect on easing both anxiety and mental stress(9). That’s coming from about as good a source as you are going to get.
There are countless free videos, guides, and articles online that give plenty of guidance when it comes to getting started and can help guide even a true novice into anxiety easing meditation.
As you can see there are many different options when it comes to finding natural treatments that can help soothe your soul and melt away all those anxious thoughts and the stress & anxiety that comes with them.
While not all of these will be a one size fits all solution, the fact there’s such a variety should be encouraging. That means plenty of options to treat anxiety in a way you’re comfortable with, and in a way that will be effective to help you live a better and less anxious life.
There’s a reason the options mentioned in this article have the reputation that they’ve earned over the years. Give a few a try and you might be amazed at the results you see.
3. NPR on CBD oil – goo.gl/F9ygXn
4. Psychology Today on Kava – goo.gl/2YSbv2