Around 40 million adults in the United States experience anxiety. A wide array of factors contribute to this disorder, including family history, lifestyle, poor sleep quality, thyroid disorders, recreational and prescription drugs, and nutritional deficiencies. Anxiety may also go hand-in-hand with mental illnesses such as depression and chronic stress. In many cases, professional help is an essential part of learning to cope with anxiety, but there are also many simple and effective ways to handle symptoms at home.
Chamomile is a versatile home remedy for many conditions and symptoms. People with anxiety can benefit from the flower's ability to induce relaxation. Chamomile contains a mild sedative and is often consumed in the evening to promote relaxation and restorative sleep. Drinking chamomile tea a few times a day for several weeks may improve symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety. To make the tea, brew dried flowers for about five minutes before straining and drinking. Those who could benefit from a larger dose of the helpful compounds in chamomile can try supplements (at a doctor's recommendation).
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