Natural treatment and herbs for depression

Herbs for depression is another alternative treatment to help reduce the effects of depression. More and more people are shying away from modern medicine and turning to natural and herbal supplements for their daily health needs. This shift has come as the list of side effects for numerous medications continues to grow, while more and more reports indicate that the medications themselves are not working as promised, or are not powerful enough to warrant the side effect risk.

When should I start taking herbal supplements?

Natural or unnatural, you should always talk to a doctor before taking any type of drug or supplement. But natural supplements are a smart choice when you want to avoid the potential hazards of prescription medications. Prescription medications are not without value, but they are also not without more risk, and so trying an herbal supplement first before depending on these medications makes a great deal of sense.

But never forget that not even natural medicine can truly cure depression. Once you stop taking the herbs, your depression is going to come back. Regardless of whether or not you choose to take an herbal solution, make sure you're partnering it with a long term treatment.

Can these herbal supplements cure my depression permanently?

Before we go into herbs for depression that are valuable for treating depression, it's important to go over what these supplements mean for treating depression. The first thing to understand is that herbs for depression have the same purpose as prescription medication, to provide you with an immediate way of reducing the effects of depression while you figure out a way to cure it long term.

There's no such thing as a natural medicine that cures depression, because depression can't be "cured" through medicinal means. It can only be prevented in the moment, and will still come back as soon as you stop taking the supplement without additional help.

Best herbs for depression

Herbal supplements suffer from a lack of research as well, but thankfully enough studies have been conducted to help draw some conclusions. The best herbs for depression include:

  • The natural, calming effects of certain herbs provide relief from anxiety, while stimulating herbs restore vigor and lift depression.
  • Borage is a natural and effective antidepressant. Juice from borage leaves and blossoms exerts a specific stimulating effect on the glandular system, which helps to overcome the "blue" feeling. Suggested as a remedy for melancholy, it stimulates, energizes and renews a zest for life. The young leaves can also be used to make a refreshing salad.
  • Crush cloves and add to sage, camomile or peppermint tea to lift mild depression. Add a dash of ginseng powder, which also acts as an antidepressant.
  • St. John's wort juice is a nerve tonic for depression and nervous exhaustion caused by excess strain. Anxiety and insomnia are relieved with St. John's wort juice, particularly when taken in conjunction with valerian and lycopus juice. Take 1 tbsp. of juice or 1 cup of tea, 3 times daily for 3-4 weeks to brighten mood.
  • Add fresh basil leaves to salads to help lift depression.
  • Damiana stimulates the nervous system and helps to improve the mood. Take 20 drops in tincture form twice daily..
  • Ginkgo stimulates brain function. Take with ginseng for synergistic effect. Take 20 drops in tincture form twice daily.
  • Mix equal parts of kava, lemon balm, valerian root and St. John's wort. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp. of herb mix. Drink 1 cup 3 times daily, one hour after meals.
  • Take a relaxing bath of a combination of herbs like lavender, thyme, lemon balm and camomile followed by peppermint and lemon balm tea before going to bed for a restful, healthy sleep.

Not all herbs or natural supplements will work for everyone. Learn more about your depression first, then discover the best supplements for them after.

Are herbs for depression safe?

It's also important to clear up a very common misconception about herbs for depression, just because they're natural, they're safe.

There is some additional safety to using a natural solution. Consuming chemicals simply cannot be as healthy for your body as consuming something natural, like an herb.

But the more powerful the herb is, the more likely you're going to have side effects, because many of the side effects of modern medications are not from the chemicals, but from the action. In other words, if a prescription medication causes side effects because it increases hormone levels, then a natural medicine that increases hormone levels is also likely to have similar side effects.

Similar does not mean identical, so it's absolutely possible for an herbal supplement to be safer, but keep that in mind especially if you take any other herbs. There may be an interaction risk or a dietary risk. The best thing you can do is make sure your doctor approves of any herbal supplement before you take it.

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