You’ve felt your heart rate increase.
You’ve felt the heat rise up your neck.
Maybe you’ve even gone to the ER because you were so scared.
Sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, feelings of choking, chest pain, and a fear of dying are common symptoms when you feel an attack come on.
What if Panic attacks could be prevented?
Think about this for a moment. If you’ve had a panic attack, you’re probably noticing you’re a little stressed, right?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you take time for yourself each day to breathe?
- Do you exercise?
- Do you drink too much coffee?
- Do you have wine at night?
- Are you sleeping well?
- Do you have other symptoms?
- Does heart disease run in your family?
But hang on.. I know you are busy. But what is more important than your health?
The truth is when you take just a moment for yourself each day to just breathe. You can calm your nervous system down for hours after. It doesn’t cost any money to do.
Then, when you add in botanicals to help you reduce your stress – your life will change.
In this post, I’m going to share my favorite herbal remedies to reduce a panic attack. The first two botanicals are also safe for breastfeeding mommas.
1. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera)
This is the first adaptogen I turned to when I was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, and it’s still a personal favorite. Ashwagandha is “known to give you the strength and stamina of a stallion”, but still gentle enough for anyone coping with anxiety. When taken regularly, it can ease shot nerves and improve sleep.
My favorite Ashwagandha product is Adrena Soothe by Dr. Aviva Romm. Try 2 dropperfuls in¼ cup of water two times per day, to reduce your stress.
If breastfeeding, use just the single Ashwagandha tincture, not the blend.
2. Motherwort (leonurus cardiaca)
From motherhood to menopause, Motherwort is a true gift for women. It shouldn’t be used during pregnancy but should be your first go-to-herb after birth. Motherwort’s calming qualities can help with everything from heart palpitations to extreme anxiety.
Taking motherwort throughout the day can release tension and reduce panic attacks, and it’s a great solution for falling back to sleep if you wake up frequently during the night. This is my go-to remedy for heart palpitations.
Motherwort has a bitter taste, so I find it’s best taken as a tincture. Follow the directions on the label for your dosing. I like this one.
3. Passionflower (pasque flower)
Calm a restless mind, reduce tension headaches, painful periods and insomnia with Passionflower. Cooling to the body and tasty enough to add it to your nightly tea or take in a tincture dropper for ease and efficiency.
Herb Pharm Anxiety Soother : combines Kava, Passionflower, and other botanicals to boost your mood and reduce anxiety. Not to be taken while breastfeeding.
4. Skullcap (Scutelleria laterifolia)
Use Skullcap in cases of stress, anxiety or tension to promote well-being and induce relaxation. You can use the loose leaf and add it to your Chamomile tea at night or combine this tincture with a Valerian tincture and take nightly to reduce panic attacks and induce sleep.
Dosing: Take 2-4 ml of the tincture 3x day for severe anxiety.
5. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Known as natures natural sedative, Valerian calms the nervous system and reduces stress throughout the body. Take it at night around 7-8pm to help induce sleep. Valerian can also reduce cramps and pains associated with your period. This is a bitter herb so it’s best to take as a tincture.
Keep in mind, work with a herbalist if you are breastfeeding.
Dosing: Take 2-4 ml of the tincture at night or 2-3x day for serious panic attacks. I like this one.
As always, this is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Can you afford not to try these remedies?
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