Chamomile (Manzanilla) Tea
Tea number one in my D & A remedy kit is Chamomile tea. It’s healing properties go back for centuries. Both the ancient Romans and ancient Egyptians used Chamomile to help those who struggled with insomnia. My recent studies have shown that Chamomile decreases the symptoms of both anxiety and depression. It’s relaxing properties can calm a racing heart during those horrid panic attacks. It can also slow those racing thought that drive you nuts during manic depressive spells.
When I take my walks I always make sure that I have three things I always take with me:
- A walking knee brace to prevent any extra damage to my knee.
- My cell phone in case of an emergency.
- Last but definitely not least a thermos of Chamomile tea.
While on a walk your mind can begin to go fifty million miles a minute. The Chamomile helps to slow those thoughts and you can better focus on the beauty of the nature around you. As the weather is beginning to get cooler it is the perfect time for reflective walks.
Tea number two in my D & A remedy kit is Peppermint tea. This is the tea I choose when I am trying to wind down from a long stressful day. It too have relaxing properties. I love a good book before bed to draw me out of my negative thoughts and transport myself into a different time and place. A good book and a cup of hot peppermint tea really helps to put me in such a relaxed state that I can easily fall asleep.
Like chamomile, peppermint tea’s medicinal use goes back centuries. The ancient Egyptians liked to use peppermint tea to help those suffering from indigestion. So if you your nerves have you tummy in knots peppermint tea is a great thing to keep in the kitchen cabinet.
Another plus for peppermint tea is that it helps to relieve headaches and migraines. High anxiety as well as manic depressive episodes are usually accompanied by headaches and migraines and for me nothing seems to help alleviate those better than peppermint tea.
Lemon Balm Tea
Tea number three in my D & A remedy kit is lemon balm tea. It isn’t one you hear of very often, but while trying to find a natural way to fight the memory loss side effect of my mood stabilizer I read about lemon balm tea. Of course I just had to try it. It has done wonders for me.
Lemon balm tea has properties to increase memory. Not only that it is an herb that has been use of the centuries as an anti-anxiety remedy. Talk about a double whammy there. There are reports, from others that use this supplement, that say it helps to decrease their irritability, calm their nerves and improve their ability to focus.
Sleepy Time Tea
Last but not least I keep sleepy time tea in my D & A remedy kit. It is the tea I turn to when I need a little bit of all the teas. So for the worst of days I like to sit down with a cup of sleepy time tea, an assortment of color pencils and my favorite mandala coloring book. Sipping on the sleepy time tea and getting lost in the intricate designs as well as the colors is like lifting that have weight anxiety and depression can put on the body.
There is so much in life that can trigger manic depressive episodes or bad panic attacks. While there is a lot of modern medicines that can be useful to help with the symptoms of anxiety and depression, I have found that the best remedy is a cup of hot tea and either a good book, a walk, coloring, a puzzle or even journaling. The most important thing to remember is the world is full of negativity so shield yourself from that unnecessary negativity and try to think positive thoughts. Love yourself for who you are and don’t be ashamed to ask for help when it needed.