This last year, I’ve been desperately trying to find products that complement my medication in relieving my physical symptoms of anxiety.
(In case you’re interested, I currently take Zoloft for my anxiety, daily, along with Clonazepam as needed. I try to refrain from taking it as much as possible.)
I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and that oftentimes leads to stomach issues. Most of these products I recommend help with both the anxiety and the belly issues. I hope someone finds this helpful!
Lavender Essential Oil – this can be diffused to promote calming feelings, or inhaled directly from the bottle. Most of the time when I travel, I keep my bottle of lavender in my car’s cup holder to inhale when I feel anxiety creep in.
Take a big breath in, hold it, and release to immediately experiencing Lavender’s calming effect.
If I’m feeling a little more worried than usual about traveling (which is my biggest trigger), I will dab some lavender on my wrists and on the nape of my neck.
I sometimes diffuse it at night to help with sleep, as well.
Peppermint and Digize Essential Oil– I keep these two oils on me to help with the belly issues I mentioned before. I have a “nervous stomach,” so when I get upset, it immediately affects my tummy. Digize can be applied directly to the stomach to help settle it. It is also said to help with nausea and motion sickness. I plan to take this with me on my cruise to test that out.
Peppermint has long-time been attributed to calming one’s stomach. I will inhale the peppermint oil if my stomach is starting to hurt, or rub it on my stomach.
Most trips I prefer to just carry peppermint candy and gum with me instead. I have found that chewing something rigorously helps me to occupy myself and my anxious thoughts. The stronger the mint, the better!
CBD oil – I just recently began taking CBD oil. I have the Extra Strength solution by Redeem Therapeutics. It’s a mint flavored spray that I have been taking twice a day, 2-3 sprays each time. The oil is sprayed directly under the tongue where it’s absorbed immediately (swallow the leftover). Unfortunately, for me, the taste has become a bit of setback. Today I plan on making some chocolate edibles that contain my full day’s dose, so I expect that will help.
The taste isn’t terrible, there’s just a bit of an aftertaste that isn’t super great.
So far, I have found that overall I have less anxious thoughts. I would like to feel the effects more immediately, so I plan to increase my dosage.
One thing I really like about Redeem Therapeutic’s products is that they come with a dosage tracker. This product isn’t FDA regulated, so the dosage is not an exact science, but the dosage tracker does have recommendations with the approximate milligrams per spray.
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