What’s wrong?! Why are you pacing the floor? Why are you breathing hard? “Take me to the hospital I can’t breathe. I feel like I am going to pass out! “
This is the conversation my auntie and I had as I felt like I was going to die. Have you ever felt like you could not catch your breath? Oxygen is all around you but you cannot seem to take any in. My auntie rushed me to the hospital thinking they would find something really wrong with me….asthma, heart attack…or possibly a respiratory problem. They did not hook me up to any huge machines or stick any needles in my arm or even put me in a room.
They seemed to know something I did not know. What they did was, sit me down in a corner and gave me a paper bag and told me to breathe into it. A good old fashion brown paper bag cured me! What? How? Well, the Doctor told me I was suffering from ANXIETY! What anxiety? I didn’t know much about it, didn’t know what caused it but for sure, I did not want to feel that feeling again!
I had to look it up to see what this Doctor was talking about and found out there are several anxiety disorders. They are:
I had panic disorder, when you have a feeling of terror that strikes suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Some of the symptoms are sweating, palpitations and a feeling of choking, which may make you feel like you are going crazy or dying. I am so happy I do not have that feeling or those attacks anymore.
When I googled anxiety I found that anxiety is the most common mental illness in America as approximately 40 million adults are affected by it. Not only is anxiety common in adults, but it has also been found to be more common in females rather than males.
The behavioral effects of anxiety may include withdrawal from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past. Anxiety can also be experienced in ways which include changes in sleeping patterns, nervous habits, and increased motor tension like foot tapping.
The emotional effects of anxiety may include “feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, restlessness, watching (and waiting) for signs (and occurrences) of danger, and, feeling like your mind’s gone blank”. It may also include “nightmares/bad dreams, obsessions about sensations, déjà vu, a trapped in your mind feeling, and feeling like everything is scary.”
The cognitive effects of anxiety may include thoughts about suspected dangers, such as fear of dying. “You may … fear that the chest pains are a deadly heart attack or that the shooting pains in your head are the result of a tumor or aneurysm. You feel an intense fear when you think of dying, or you may think of it more often than normal, or can’t get it out of your mind.” Wikipedia
When I read all of the information on anxiety I couldn’t believe that’s what was happening to me. How could that be? I believe I am a sensible, intelligent woman who can handle most challenges in my life. How can something like this happen to me? But it did happen to me and 40 million other Americans.
So what can you do when it happens to you? You can grab a brown paper bag, like the one that was given to me by the doctor. Some doctors would have prescribed Cymbalta, Prozac, Xanax and/or Laxapro. All are drugs that have serious side effects. There are natural products on the market that you can look into, but I would like to share how essential oils can help with anxiety.
The essential oil I would like to tell you more about is Roman Chamomile. Roman Chamomile is used to relieve restlessness, anxiety, depression, ADHD, insomnia and even some skin conditions. For centuries, mothers have used this oil to calm crying babies. The plant origin is in Utah and France. There are other essential oil combination recipes below. I found them through research and you are welcome to use them or pass them on to help someone who suffers with anxiety.
Essential Oil Combination for Anxiety
Marjoram – 1 part
Neroli (orange blossom) – 1 part
Bergamot – 1 part
Lavender – 3 parts
Bergamot – 2 parts
Sandalwood -1 part.
Mix soothing essential oils such as lavender, jasmine, geranium, ylang-ylang. and bergamot. This can be used by any of the following methods.
Use 50 drops of this blend in a diffuser or an aroma lamp
Add 6 drops to a hot bath (stirring gently to disperse)
Make a massage oil by adding 10 drops of the blend to one ounce of carrier oil such as almond or olive
So as we continue to seek therapeutic ways to deal with anxiety, I gave you a few solutions, essential oils being one of them. I was happy when I found out about essential oils. I hope you fall in love with them as I did.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. (Psalm 94:19)