Panic attacks are characterised by a sudden intense rush of physical and emotional symptoms, which tend to be triggered by a stressful event. Around one in 10 people have the occasional panic attack, but for some they are a regular occurrence and can cause a lot of stress and unhappiness.
Learning to manage anxiety is crucial to ensuring panic attacks do not take over your life. While medication and counselling are conventional methods of treatment, more people are turning to alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, herbalism and massage to help them cope with panic attacks and feel more at ease.
Aromatherapy oils have been used for thousands of years to help combat anxiety. Lavender in particular is very calming, and when inhaled directly can provide instant relief when feelings of panic strike. Smelling familiar scents that remind you of happy times can have the same effect, such as your mum’s perfume, or baby powder...