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Occasional anxiety is a normal part of living but when it becomes chronic and/or begins to interfere with your daily life, it may be time to get some support.

Some people are reluctant to turn to the medical community for help because they do not want a prescription medication that may cause dependence or side effects. Understandable.

Below are ten natural remedies for treating anxiety.

  • Homeopathic remedy – Ignatia Amara

Homeopathy works on the principle “like cures like”. Highly diluted substances of what would cause symptoms in a healthy person are given to treat the symptoms of the ailing person. Though homeopathy eludes scientific explanation, quantum physics is moving toward shedding light on just how it works. It has been used effectively for over 200 years. Ignatia Amara is a homeopathic remedy I have been using with great success for many years. My naturopath prescribed it to me. When first trying homeopathy, I recommend consulting a naturopath first to find the correct dosing for your individual needs.

  • Natural herb – Valerian

Valerian is an all-natural herb that helps calm the body and mind when taken in its prescribed dosage. It is commonly used for insomnia but also works well for anxiety. I have been using this remedy for years with great success.

Caution:

Do not overdose on valerian. Even though it is a natural herb, it can cause side effects such as vivid dreams, drowsiness, headaches and upset stomach. If you are pregnant or nursing, do not use valerian. If you are currently taking medications for insomnia or anxiety, do not use valerian unless directed by your healthcare practitioner. If you have liver disease, avoid using valerian.

  • Supplement – Magnesium

Magnesium is vital to 300 of the body’s enzymatic reactions. One of the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency is anxiety and tendency to startle easily. Ironically, cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, causes magnesium depletion. Magnesium occurs naturally in foods such as: chicken, green, leafy vegetables, oats, cocoa, nuts and seeds and whole grains. If you choose to take a magnesium supplement, take chelated magnesium as it is best absorbed by the body.

  • Flower essences

Flower essence work to heal the body on an energetic level, much like homeopathy. Aspen, rock rose, and agrimony are helpful in relieving anxiety. Flower essences, as with homeopathy, work on an individual’s energy. I recommend experimenting with them slowly, one at a time, to see what works best for your individual needs.

  • Natural herb – Chamomile

A nice cup of chamomile tea is helpful to calm the mind before bedtime and is also used in the treatment of anxiety. For a little more potency, chamomile can be taken as a tincture or in capsule form.

Caution:

If you are allergic to plants in the daisy family, have a bleeding disorder or taking medications that would increase the risk of bleeding or if you are pregnant or nursing, do not use chamomile. Common side effects are drowsiness when combined with other sedatives. Take caution if you are on medication for diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • Supplement – Vitamin B3

Since niacin, or vitamin B3 is responsible for supporting the neurotransmission system of the brain, deficiencies in this vitamin has been linked to anxiety & depression. Foods such as salmon, chicken, red meat, tuna, milk products and mushrooms contain natural niacin. You could also choose to supplement your diet with B3 in capsule or liquid form. A common side effect of niacin is flushing if used in high doses.

  • Activity – Writing

Writing may seem like an odd ‘natural remedy’ for anxiety but it helps. If your worry comes from too much to do or financial or business concerns, getting your thoughts organized with a list is a great stress buster! Try this: write your worries on the left side of the page under ‘Stress’ and on the right side, under ‘Busters’ write down a possible solution to your problems. Having a plan of action creates feelings of empowerment, which can greatly reduce your anxiety. 

  • Activity – Meditation

When you read the word ‘meditation’ visions of silent monks crunched up into uncomfortable positions for hours may be the first thing that comes to mind. Meditation is simply a way of quieting the thoughts. Try this: find a comfortable chair in a place where you will be uninterrupted for at least twenty minutes. Close your eyes and settle back. Breathe deeply in and out through your nose 5-10 times and then, just let your breathing return to its natural rhythm and allow your thoughts to drift. Sometimes it is helpful to concentrate on a mantra, just one or two words to help clear the mind such as: “peace” or “calm”. Just ten to twenty minutes a day can work wonders!

  • Activity – Exercise

When you work out, your body releases natural endorphins called serotonin, which give you an instant mood lift and help release “nervous tension”. You don’t have to join a gym either; a brisk walk or hike, dancing to your favorite music while pumping 2 lb weights or even vigorous housecleaning can give you just the boost you need to release stress.

Note: If your anxiety is related to a recent or past trauma and/or the above steps do not make a significant improvement in your mood and well being, it is a good idea to consult a qualified therapist who may have additional suggestions for healing from panic and anxiety. If, at any time, you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, call a crisis center immediately.

Click the link below for a suicide hotline.

http://suicidehotlines.com/

I have first-hand experience with anxiety and some of the above natural remedies have worked wonders in my life. I hope they will in yours too.

For more information on how to heal your body naturally, visit: www.itoldyouiwassick.com.

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You’ve seen them; unassuming pieces of metal jewelry with signature terminal ends that resemble two large ball bearings. Made popular by golfers, ionic bracelets have made headlines in more ways than one. But do work and are they really, as the 2001 “false advertising” lawsuit claims, just hype?

Not according to this dedicated customer. I wasn’t sure about buying an ionic bracelet. I’d started having trouble with my left wrist over ten years ago and I was diagnosed with the beginnings of carpel tunnel syndrome. I was forced to wear a metal brace, which made typing and other everyday tasks awkward. On a whim, I decided to try a magnetic bracelet. It seemed to help and I wore it for several years but still experienced wrist pain. So, when it tarnished to the point of being unattractive, I never replaced it.

Fast forward to 2003. I got into a fender bender where I was hit from behind and developed a herniated disk in my neck. I was told I’d need surgery but I elected to try physical therapy first. I thought about getting back into magnetic therapy and that’s when I found the ionic bracelet. It was costly and, at first, I was skeptical about its claims. Still, natural therapies had been working for me so far so I decided to give it a try.

I was so pleased! Not only did the pain in my neck improve but I had more energy, less anxiety and other aches and pains I’ve had as a result of my digestive/autoimmune problems disappeared. I never expected that. I’ve had the same ionic bracelet now for over six years and I never take it off unless I get into salt water (you shouldn’t wear ionic bracelets in salt).

So how do ionic bracelets work? Basically, our bodies are filled with a life force energy commonly known as, “chi”. This energy is designed to flow freely and naturally throughout the body. Unfortunately, stress, electromagnetic chaos (think microwaves and cell phones), poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and environmental pollution cause blockages in the natural flow of our life energy. Ionic bracelets help to unblock and balance that energy in the same fashion as acupuncture.

When my closest friend developed carpel tunnel syndrome a year ago, she asked me if I really thought an ionic bracelet would help her I told her I thought it would. She invested in one of her own and within a week, her pain was gone!

She went on to recommend the bracelet to her mother-in-law who suffers from fibromyalgia and her mother-in-law experienced such a decline in pain and an increase in energy, she was able to tackle house projects she hadn’t been able to in years!

So do ionic bracelets work? Yes! It is my sincere belief that they are an investment in ones health and well-being.

Which ionic bracelet do I use? Q Ray. I can’t vouch for any other ionic bracelets but I can say my Q Ray works.

Go to the websites, read the testimonials and talk to real people who wear ionic bracelets then make the decision if one is right for you. You’ll be glad you did.

Caution: 

If you have a pacemaker, consult your healthcare practitioner before wearing any ionic jewelry. Remove your ionic bracelet before entering salt water.

For more information on how to heal your body naturally, visit: www.itoldyouiwassick.com.

This article is intellectual property © Jaime A. Heidel 2010

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In 2007, I was diagnosed with skin cancer. Thankfully, all I needed was minor surgery and the cancer didn’t spread. I’m not a sunbather on account of my fair skin but for years, I had used artificial lotion and spray-on tanners. I wondered if there was a connection so I stopped using the fake tan, switched to natural skin lotion and discovered the beauty of mineral makeup.

Conventional makeup contains artificial chemicals, which can irritate skin and cause breakouts. Its additives have even been linked to cancer.

There are many benefits to the use of mineral makeup. It feels light on the skin and doesn’t clog pores. In most cases, even those with sensitive skin can comfortably wear it. Mineral makeup hides blemishes, dark circles and fine lines by reflecting the sun’s rays and gives skin a healthy, natural glow. And unlike conventional makeup, mineral makeup is inorganic, which means microbes and bacteria cannot live in the makeup and be transferred to the skin.

Another added benefit to the use of mineral makeup is the natural UVA and UVB protection (zinc and magnesium) that some brands provide.  

I personally enjoy using Sun Cat Naturals mineral makeup. She’s a private business owner who makes all the makeup herself.  

There are a lot of great brands of mineral makeup out there. Give them a try. Your skin will thank you!

For more information on healing your body naturally, visit: www.itoldyouiwassick.com.

 

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