Depression is a mental disorder characterized by inadequacy, mood swings or feelings of unhappiness accompanied by poor performance in routine activities and gradual decline in conditions of health. Depression, usually short term in nature, is quite common to everybody and can be treated well by socialization or by spending time with friends and family.
If depression stays for a longer time then it can bring upon severe consequences and can even be life-threatening. So, long term depression needs attention and medical help. Several causes may lead to depression like prolonged stress, mental anxieties, hormonal fluctuations in women after menopause or any shocking event. However, the good news is that depression can be well treated with some time-tested herbs and the results are satisfactory.
Following are Some Herbal Remedies for Depression
Lemon Herb, Uplifts Mood and Treat Depression
Lemon herb is popularly used to treat depression because it has properties that calms the nerves, uplifts mood, and cools the brain. Soak 30 grams of lemon herb in 1 liter cold water. Strain the infusion and drink in small amounts for twice or thrice daily.
This herb is known to improve blood circulation and encourages blood flow to the brain. It also encourages the brain to produce neurotransmitters that deal with depression.
Studies have shown that a standard extract of the herb has helped adult depressed persons, even those who suffered from “dementia”. You can take this herb in capsules, tincture or in form of tea.
Soothing Herbal Teas to Relax the Nerves
Sage tea is known to uplift mood and thereby helps to deal with depression. Prepare a tea out of sage herbs by boiling few sage leaves in water. Even catnip, peppermint, lavender, and chamomile have the same properties of soothing and relaxing the nerves. These teas are easily available in the market or can be prepared at home.
Many individuals in depression find it difficult to sleep and lack of adequate sleep only intensifies the condition. The calming and soothing properties of herbal teas also induce sleep and alleviate depression. Just have a cup of any herbal tea after the dinner to have a restful sleep. Or, whenever you feel depressed just take few sips of these relaxing teas and see the difference that herbal teas can bring.
It is a chemical naturally found in human body and known for increasing the levels of dopamine and serotonin. Although it’s an expensive supplement but found very effective in dealing prolonged depression.
It is available in health and drug stores or can be ordered online.
St. John’s Wart
It is the most recommended herb to beat depression. It is popular for its properties to sooth the nerves and reduce anxiety. St. John can be taken in tablet form, in tea or as a tincture which comes in concentrated form prepared with glycerin and alcohol. Researches have shown that this herb is very effective to treat moderate depression.
Damiana is populary known as an antidepressant and sexual stimulant. This herb has properties that effectively treats depression related to sexual dysfunction.
You need to take this herb only under the guidance of the physician. This drug is not recommended in pregnancy.