Keeping Anxiety at Bay: My Natural Arsenal

Do you deal with anxiety, heart palpitations, or panic attacks? Here are natural ways at keeping anxiety at bay so you can get through your day!

I first experienced anxiety, panic attacks, and heart palpitations in my late teens. I guess you could say that since then it has come in spells depending on how busy life is and whether or not I am supporting myself with the nutrition it needs to keep up with life’s happenings.

We all have genetic weaknesses (some have heart diseases that runs in the family, some cancer, some diabetes, etc.) and I happen to have these kind of symptoms that run in my family. I have family members on medication for heart palpitations, others take nerve pills to calm panic attacks and anxiety. I prefer not to take medication if I can help it because my philosophy is that my body is not lacking in medication, it’s lacking in whatever it needs to function properly. Taking medication for an underlying issue like this is just putting a band-aid on and the unhealthy problem is still there! When our bodies go crazy like this, it is letting us know that things are unbalanced and needs some serious nourishment. It’s important to research and do all we can naturally to support our bodies in addressing these genetic weaknesses. 

I have learned how to help myself through these episodes by reading and researching a lot, and putting puzzle pieces together. It is my hope that if you suffer from any symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks, you can find natural help through some or all of the things mentioned here! 

What Causes Anxiety?

In short, the thing that causes anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, and similar problems is that we put too many demands on our adrenal glands and our body produces symptoms to let us know that something is wrong and needs immediate attention. These causes can come from physical, mental, or emotional demands. Chronic stress, medications, and poor diet are contributors as well. When we face busy or stressful times in life and our body is lacking in essential vitamins or minerals, or our intestinal health is not healthy, our body can go haywire. We use up nutrients and are not replenishing them as needed. 

Blood sugar imbalance can also be an underlying cause of anxiety. My DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) discovered that unbalanced sugars were a main cause of my anxiety issues. I’ll discuss below what he gave me to get my sugars back on track. 

When I first had anxiety and panic attacks, my symptoms included feeling like I was flying when I drove a vehicle or sat in a room with high ceilings. I was extremely fatigued and had a hard time doing simple tasks such as washing the dishes and cleaning the house. I had no idea what was wrong with me, and neither did my regular doctors. You can also feel like you are walking sideways or downhill when walking on a flat surface. Heart palpitations are pretty common, as well as insomnia, excessive worry, and restlessness. Supporting the adrenal glands is important when experiencing anxiety.

My Natural Arsenal For Keeping Anxiety at Bay

Do you deal with anxiety, heart palpitations, or panic attacks? Here are natural ways at keeping anxiety at bay so you can get through your day!

  1. Vitamin B-Complex – B vitamins support the adrenal glands which reduces stress and anxiety. Years ago I began experiencing heart palpitations and started taking a B-complex supplement, and my palpitations stopped overnight! My body was obviously lacking in these vitamins, but this is not always the only answer. Sometimes I need to take several nourishing things to get back on track. If you have any kind of nerve problems, a good B-Complex is important. 
  2. Adrenal Support – As I mentioned above, the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks are a sign that the adrenal glands need help. A great way to do this is with herbs that support the adrenals such as: 

     I like to keep at least one of these herbs on hand (typically the ashwagandha) to add to tea mixes for nourishment. You can also buy a tincture or capsule form.

  3. Nerve Tea – If I am having a stressful day or am starting to feel anxious, I love drinking what I call Nerve Tea. I fix a quart jar of this and sip on it throughout the day, and it calms my nerves! Here’s what I do: *Combine equal parts of dried rose petals, chamomile, lavender flowers, and oatstraw in a container for storage (I like to store herbs in jars). Sometimes I add chrysanthemum flowers and I also like to add an adaptogenic herb like ashwagandha to support the adrenals. The adaptogenic herbs should be added in half the amount as the others. So, for instance, if I added 1/4 cup each of the rose petals, chamomile, lavender flowers, oatstraw, and chrysanthemum flowers, I would only put 1/8 cup of one of the adaptogenic herbs in the jar. Mix the herbs in the jar well and add 2 teaspoons of the mix to a cup of boiling water. I almost always make a quart jar, so you would obviously multiply the amount to 8 tsp. of the mix for 4 cups of water if you want to make that much. I find that 3-4 cups in a day is necessary if I’m having any of my symptoms of being too stressed. Remove the pan from heat and cover with a lid. Steep for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs and sip away!
  4. Magnesium – Stress depletes us of vital nutrients like magnesium. Magnesium is highly associated with our stress levels. [1] [2] Supplementing with magnesium is essential when you experience symptoms of stress. I try to take it every night before bed. It nourishes and helps calm the body for bed. You’ll most likely find yourself sleeping better at night! My current favorite is Natural Calm. They have a few flavored options with stevia. I’m currently taking the raspberry lemon flavor. You check out the different flavors here!
  5. Dr. Bach’s Rescue Remedy – this is a flower remedy specifically targeted for emotions rather than for the physical body. It helps stress, panic attacks, emotional trauma, and shock. You just place a few drops under the tongue as needed. 
  6. Kombucha – Kombucha is a fermented drink that is so good for the adrenals, is full of b vitamins, and helps lower cortisol levels. It is also very, very good for the gut health. All of these things are great at reducing stress. If I know I’m going to have a very busy week and possibly not enough sleep, I make sure I’m drinking a bottle of kombucha every day. It supports my adrenals and nervous system to help me stay on my feet and have the energy I need. The difference is like night and day! You can make your own kombucha (see www.culturedfoodlife.com for instructions), or you can buy kombucha at some stores like Wal-Mart. Not all bought kombucha is as good as homemade (as far as being as nutritious), but GT’s Kombucha is one brand that IS as good for you as drinking homemade. It saves a ton of money to make your own, but buying is more convenient, so some prefer that. 
  7. VegeCleanse Plus for balancing blood sugars. I used this 14 day Detox Program and found myself feeling much better. I typically do this detox program once or twice a year when symptoms are bad enough.
  8. Diet – processed foods and sugar contributes to stress and adrenal problems. Eat as much food to the way it was originally created as possible!
  9. Sleep – Having enough sleep is essential when experiencing anxiety. The difference in getting 6 hours of sleep and getting 8 hours is huge! I’ve often found myself with headaches and a general feeling of heaviness and stress in my head. Making sure I get to bed by 9 or 9:30 when I feel this way makes me feel like a new person. 

Do you deal with anxiety, heart palpitations, or panic attacks? Here are natural ways at keeping anxiety at bay so you can get through your day!

You may be wondering which of these you should take and when? I keep all of it on hand the best I can. But here’s how I personally use these natural remedies for keeping anxiety at bay, as well as heart palpitations and panic attacks.

Every day:

When I begin having heart palpitations, anxiety, and/or panic attacks or feel overly stressed, I add these other things to my daily routine until my body balances and symptoms subside.

When needed:

If you are dealing with anxiety, heart palpitations, extreme stress, depression, panic attacks, etc., let me reassure you that there IS hope and there is a way to heal yourself. I felt so hopeless all those years ago when I didn’t know what was wrong with me or how to get better. It can be a long journey to healing, but it’s worth it! Don’t be discouraged in the journey. It often takes years of stress, maybe taking medication, and/or poor diet to cause our body to suffer these health problems. It can also take a while to correct the damage that has been done. Patience and persistence is always key! 

Resources:

1. Cuciureanu, M. D. (1970, January 01). Magnesium and stress. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507250/

2. Boyle, N. B., Lawton, C., & Dye, L. (2017, April 26). The Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on Subjective Anxiety and Stress-A Systematic Review. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5452159/

3. Top 5 Ways Kombucha Relieves Stress. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.storey.com/article/top-5-ways-kombucha-relieves-stress/

Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

Here are a few healthier Easter egg basket ideas for your kids to enjoy!

I have fun putting together an Easter basket for my girls every year – even for my teenagers! They never get too old, do they? Or perhaps I never feel too old to make one up for them. ;)  Holidays are always an excuse for me to make things a little special for them. I don’t, however, like to fill their baskets with a bunch of unhealthy treats. 

Here are a few ideas to make Easter baskets not quite as unhealthy.

Healthier Easter Basket Ideas

1. Stevia Soda

I always buy them stevia sweetened soda as a treat. Our favorite is Zevia. There are different flavors such as Cola, Orange, Grape, Black Cherry, Ginger Root Beer, Cream Soda, and more. One thing you will notice about these sodas is that they all are clear in color even though the flavors are diverse. That is because there are not unhealthy colors added to Zevias like traditional soda.

2. Healthier Candy & Snacks

There are different options for healthier candy to choose from, but a few that I am using this year are:

3. Herbal Starter Plants

This year I am assigning each of my girls an herb to grow themselves in a large container. They have to learn all about caring for it and how to use it in food and medicine. Their Easter basket is a perfect place to give them their assigned herb.

4. Spiritual Books

I bought each of my girls a book to help them in their spiritual walk. Our main focus at Easter is the Resurrection of Christ, so I thought it a great excuse to give them each a good book! We love to all read at my house so what better time to splurge on this and add to our collection of good books. (We typically get most books through the library.)

Here are the books I bought for each:

5. Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Eggs don’t have to be dyed with unhealthy dyes! You can use things like onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage, lavender flowers, etc. instead! Find out how in this post.

I would love to hear some of your healthier Easter basket ideas!

How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

How To Make Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to treat strep throat naturally with Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend remedy!

Strep throat can be a very painful condition. In fact, some would rather have any other sickness because of how miserable it typically is. Today I’m going to share a strep blend using ingredients you likely already have in your cabinet that will help you feel better fast. This formula was created and used by Dr. Christopher himself and has proved to be a great healer for many. [4]

One  of my daughters woke up with a scratchy throat recently. It was the kind that made me think it may just be allergies or sinus drainage so I kept an eye on her but didn’t worry much about it. On day three, however, she woke up with her throat hurting so badly that she could hardly swallow and didn’t want breakfast because it hurt too bad to eat. I realized I needed to get the big guns out and start her on Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend!

Strep throat is one of those things that you can’t diagnose for sure without a test at the doctor’s office. There are other infections that can cause the throat to hurt so baldy that you think it must be strep and yet it isn’t. So no, I didn’t know for sure that my daughter had strep throat, but I knew we had recently come into contact with people that came down with strep, so it was a possibility. The good news is that natural remedies are safe to use no matter what the condition may be – you don’t have to have a specific diagnosis to treat it. This Strep Blend can be used to boost the immune system and kill infections and viruses of all kinds.

Take note that strep throat is one of those illnesses that CAN be dangerous if you don’t treat it. If left untreated, there is a possibility of rheumatic fever developing. Treat your children immediately when they are sick, and it’s always a good idea to get them checked out at the doctor if you suspect strep to make sure your home remedy successfully treated it. 

How To Make Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to treat strep throat naturally with Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend remedy!

Strep Blend Ingredients

Garlic

This strep throat blend contains garlic, which is a powerful natural antibiotic! It has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria and fungi. [1] [2] It’s important to use fresh garlic – the kind in the jar isn’t as potent as freshly crushed.

Raw Honey

According to Dr. Axe, raw honey has vitamins, 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, 5,000 enzymes, [3] making it not only a tasty reason to use it in herbal preparations, but a healthy reason as well. Honey that is not raw, however, cannot boast of all of this nutrition. Heating the honey kills beneficial nutrients. In a pinch I would use any honey on hand, but I keep raw honey in my cabinets for regular use. Buy raw honey here.

Cayenne

Cayenne is the last herb in this easy formula. Cayenne is a great catalyst herb in any herbal formula, meaning that it opens up your receptors to absorb vital nutrients. In other words, it helps the other herbs work even better than they would on their own. That is exactly what cayenne does in the formula. Plus it really helps the throat to heal quicker. Buy organic cayenne here.

How To Make Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to treat strep throat naturally with Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend remedy!

How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

Ingredients

4 cloves fresh garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
1/4 tsp. powdered cayenne (buy here)

Directions

  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more. 

It’s very important that you take this mixture as indicated to ensure that the strep is actually completely gone.

Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 4 cloves fresh garlic
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
  3. 1/4 tsp. cayenne (buy here)
Instructions
  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more.
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
Jill's Home Remedies https://jillshomeremedies.com/
 References

  1. Allium sativum (garlic)–a natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6366484
  2. Garlic: A natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/mdd/v05/i04/html/04news4.html
  3. H. (2016, September 19). Raw Honey: Get More Energy (Just Like Ancient Greek Athletes Did!). Retrieved January 29, 2017, from https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
  4. Herbal Legacy Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://articles.herballegacy.com/herbal-remedies-for-strep-throat-or-sore-throat/

Originally published 2/01/2017