Anxiety: The Worry Syndrome

Anxiety can arise from a number of factors. Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with a threat or a future stressful event. The problem with anxiety is the body revs up to match the impending threat, whether it is mental, emotional or physical. If anxiety is a long held pattern of reactivity, the body becomes accustomed to being hyper-vigilant as it scans for danger. This leads to many physical issues like insomnia, high blood pressure, irritability, an inability to focus, digestive issues, nervous system disorders, fatigue (wired and tired), hormone imbalances, panic attacks and more.

In Ayurvedic medicine anxiety is known as a vata imbalance. Vata is one of the three Ayurvedic body constitutional types (vata, pitta, kapha). It is composed primarily of air and space and therefore imbalanced of vata are felt in air filled spaces in the body and can manifest as “spaciness and air headedness” (forgetful and un-focused). Good vata treatment modalities include a stable daily routine (see handout), grounding self-care activities (see below), use of essential oils (see below) and meditation. is a good resource as well as the book Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease by Ajayan Borys.

Anxious people often have imbalanced neurotransmitters, in particular GABA. A urinary metabolic test and/or a salivary and urine neurotransmitter test that can pin point the imbalance is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to see what the root problem is.

Adrenal imbalance is also a source of anxiety. When the adrenal glands have been over-stressed (many times by too much anxiety over a life time), they get worn out or are on over-drive. If this is the case, it’s best to know which way they are going. Again, salivary adrenal testing is the best way to find out the actual problem in order to fine-tune a targeted treatment plan.

Finally, cognitive beliefs are also a big source of anxiety. If you worry about things that have not yet happened and are driven by fear, you will be anxious. If you are a perfectionist, you will be anxious. Learning your ennea-type (enneagram) is helpful for understanding your motivations and getting underneath them. Additionally, therapy is an important part of reversing long term mental wiring that keeps you anxious. Remember the body holds anxiety and responds (via the adrenals) quickly to the messenger chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) that say you are under attack and in danger.

Supplements that help: (each has a different herbal formula that addresses different aspects of root cause)

  1. Calmify 2 caps twice a day
  2. Serenity 2 caps twice a day
  3. Mintran 2-4 tabs 2-3 times a day
  4. Tranquil Mind 2 tabs twice a day

Essential Oils: Make sure you use ONLY ORGANIC and sustainably harvested pure oils. (We love DoTerra oils at Fern Life Center) Essential oils are an economic way to treat many imbalances and use in place of toxic cleaning agents in your home.

  1. Serenity by Do-Terra: Apply generous amount to hands and rub bottoms of feet (absorbs into system rapidly this way), to back of neck, abdomen, and under nose. Repeat 3 times a day as needed. Use a diffuser and keep Serenity in your environment. You can also add Serenity to your massage oil and use daily after your shower and nightly after your bath. Serenity contains vata reducing oils: lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and vanilla bean extract oil. You can order Serenity at:
  2. If anxiety is due to tension then use the In Tune focus blend in addition to Serenity. Use is the same way as noted above. This blend contains sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang, and amyris. It’s great for focus and calming. You can order In Tune Blend here:
  3. Balance Blend contains spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense and is in coconut oil as a carrier. It’s great for emotional balance and helps with mood swings, hot flashes, brain integration, sorrow, energy, and metabolism. You can order Balance Blend here:
  4. If your anxiety is accompanied by depression or low moods you can use Elevation Blend with some of the above oils. It contains lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood. If can be applied to the heart, thymus, temples, brows, and wrist, as well as used in the ways listed in #1. You can order Elevation here:
  5. If your anxiety is accompanied by fatigue you can use Citrus Bliss. Citrus Bliss contains wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin and bergamot. All of these citrus plants are uplifting and invigorating. Use Citrus Bliss the same way as already instructed. You can order Citrus Bliss here:

Nightly Baths:

Use 5 drops of essential oil of your choice to 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and add to hot bath as it’s filling. Soak for 30 minutes nightly and follow with a sesame oil (with essential oils added) self-massage before going to bed. This is a wonderful sleep aid and helps turn off the mind.


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