I’ve mentioned a few times how I was suffering from panic attacks last year. I’ve also talked about an herbal formula mix that I call “my panic attack formula” that I would take and how much it helped me. Now, this wasn’t a premixed formula although I have used those from time to time. I used individual tinctures of each herb because I wanted to make sure I was getting a good amount of each individual herb.
My formula consisted of passionflower, valerian, skullcap and sometimes kava kava (I explain why below). If I had some I would also add in poppy, hops and lobelia. I seem to always have the first four herbs in tincture form but the other ones not so much. I usually have them, but in the dried herb form. If I was having an especially bad day, in addition to the tinctures, I would brew the poppy, hops and lobelia together and let them sit for awhile and then drink the tea just for added help. I find the act of drinking tea calming in itself. At the bottom of the page you’ll find the exact dosages for the herbs and the products I use.
How I mix my panic attack formula together
This is how I take my panic attack formula: I place the passionflower, valerian , skullcap and if I feel like it kava kava in a shot glass (there’s a picture below if you want to see), I don’t drink , but I find the shot glasses perfect for the amount of tincture I use. I purchased them from the Dollar Store as I seem to break them quite often and at least they don’t cost too much. I make sure to have a drink nearby, usually water, and I then drink the whole thing at once, much like an actual shot of liquor, and immediately drink some water.
I usually do the shiver and the blech that many people do after taking a shot. If you didn’t know I don’t drink alcohol you would think I had just knocked back a shot of tequila or something. Which is why I find it funny that so many people are turned off by strong tasting herbs. Many of these same people have no problem with the taste of strong liquor.
Ah sweet calm
I would start to feel the effects within a few minutes and it would usually last for a few hours. This formula can be used anytime for any anxiety you may be having, not just for panic attacks.
Now, I have been taking herbs for 30 years as I mentioned before and I have never had a serious side effect happen. I took the blend of herbs in the amounts below for about 6 weeks with no problems. I still take it once in a while when I’m having a bad day. However, everyone is different. You may be able to take less and still have it work for you. For instance, you can start with 3 dropperfuls instead of 6 and just 1 of the kava (if you choose to take it). If you don’t see an improvement add 1 dropperful more of each of the herbs until you feel an effect.
Note: As shown in my picture above, a dropperful is whatever amount comes up into the dropper when you squeeze the top. It will not fill up completely to the top. If that does happen, for some reason, (it hasn’t ever happened to me) count it as 2 dropperfuls.
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My Panic Attack Formula
Passionflower– 6 dropperfuls- I love this herb. It also makes fruit which can be eaten or made into Maracuja pudding. That’s a Brazilian dessert.
Valerian– 6 dropperfuls- My daughter says that the reason Valerian works so well for anxiety is that your body is so shocked by the taste that it forgets to be anxious. She is exaggerating of course, well kind of. I have to admit it is a very strong tasting herb, to put it mildly. But it works so well for anxiety that I would never exclude it.
Kava– 3 dropperfuls- There has been some controversy about the safety of this herb. Some studies say that it is implicated in liver disease and some say that it is safe to use Kava short term. It is used regularly in the South Pacific without any problems. Some say this is because of they way it is processed there, with water, and because the roots are used. Some say that mixing it with alcohol is the problem, but no one is really sure. So just to be safe I don’t use kava on a daily basis. The formula works well without it, so I usually save using it for very bad anxiety days.
Skullcap– 6 dropperfuls- This herb is named for the flowers that grow on it, which look like military helmets or little dishes (depending on your point of view). It is also good for insomnia.
Poppy– 6 dropperfuls- Very good for anxiety and especially good for insomnia. It helps with sleep when I take it close to bedtime but some people say it makes them sleepy whenever they take it. You may want to use less if you have to drive or if you think it may interfere with your job.
Hops– 6 dropperfuls- This is the herb that flavors beer. Not only does it have calming effects but it is also good for insomnia. It’s said that early physicians noticed that people that worked where hops was grown and had to harvest it would get tired easily. They believed that the plant excreted a resin that had sedative properties and it was being absorbed through their skin.
Lobelia– 3 dropperfuls- This is another herb that has controversy surrounding it. Some experts say that no more than 5 drops! should be taken and some say that taking more is fine. I used to regularly take a premixed herbal anxiety remedy that contained lobelia and I had no problems with it. Again, everyone is different so start with a smaller dose and work up.
If you would rather buy a premixed formula this one is a good one. It doesn’t contain all the herbs in my formula, but it does contain the ones I consider the strongest.
Use your brain
Overdosing on herbs is very rare. You would definitely need more than a couple of drops of a tincture to overdose, even so, there is no reason to down an entire bottle of any tincture at once. All that is needed when taking herbs is common sense. Start small, and pay attention to your body.
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