Natural antidepressants and herbal remedies for depression.

More and more people are using natural antidepressants and shying away from modern medicine for their depression. 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.

This is especially true for those living with depression. When you have depression, you want immediate relief. But the depression medications out there are fraught with side effects. So finding a natural antidepressant for depression becomes so important.

When to Choose Natural Antidepressants

Natural antidepressants or unnatural, you should always talk to a doctor before taking any type of drug or supplement. But natural antidepressants are a smart choice when you want to avoid the potential ramifications of prescription medications. Pharmaceutical antidepressants are not without value, but they are also not without more risk, and so trying a natural antidepressants 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.

Are natural antidepressants dangerous?

It's also important to clear up a very common misconception about natural antidepressants; 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 serotonin levels, then a natural medicine that increases serotonin levels is also likely to have similar side effects.

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

What are the benefits of using natural antidepressants?

Herbs for depression are a popular choice over prescription medications due to:

Availability: Herbs are readily available and one can grow them in your backyard as compared to drugs whereby its a process.

Lower cost: Herbs cost far much less than prescription medication.

Reduced risk of side effects

Most herbal remedies are well tolerated by the patient with fewer unintended consequences than prescription drugs.

We warned earlier about the safety of herbal supplements in general, but anxiety supplements do appear to be mostly safe and addiction free. It's simply something to keep in mind when you take any antidepressant, especially if you have any other health problems or are taking other medications.

What are the best natural antidepressant?

Borage herb

So now it's time to go over the best available herbal solutions for depression. We're going to overlook "homeopathic" supplements for now. There is little research supporting most homeopathic remedies and thousands of mixtures that make it difficult to pinpoint whether or not one actually works.

  • 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.

Are there any other suggestions for depression?

There is also other alternatives called external or physical therapies which are just natural antidepressants. These include:

  • 2 hours of early morning sun helps lift depression. Spend as much time as possible outdoors.
  • Avoid spending a lot of time in concrete buildings. Overexposure to electrosmog from computer terminals and kitchen appliances, especially the microwave oven, upsets the balance of the body's own electromagnetic field and leads to depression.
  • Run away from depression. It has proven that depressed people who had never exercised improved considerably when starting an intensive exercise program which included long distance walking and jogging. They found a new zest for life, became more stress-tolerant, and improved their self image.
  • A complete change of environment, such as a vacation in the mountains, is extremely helpful.
  • Get plenty of rest. Over-tiredness and depleted nerves create a feeling of depression.
  • Massage by a family member or an understanding friend is very comforting and improves the outlook on life, especially under stressful emotional situations.
  • To uplift the spirit, add 5 drops of roe oil to sweet almond oil or your regular massage oil.
  • The cold-water genital rub is applied for general detoxification and helps relieve depression. Sit on a narrow board that is placed over a tub of 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) water. with feet in the water. Soak a cotton cloth in the water and gently rub over the genitals. Continue for 10 minutes, then dry genital area well and rest for one hour in bed.
  • Stimulate the nerves along your spine to help relieve the pain the tension associated with depression. Lie on your back on a thin foam pad. With feet crossed, pull your knees up to your chin. Hold each foot firmly with one hand and rock back and forth, rolling along the spine.

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