Natural Herbs For Depression And Anxiety

Depression is a condition of grief or dejection that often advances to the point of being upsetting to an individual's social performance and daily behavior. It is caused by a disparity of brain chemicals, along with other factors. Symptoms of depression include feelings of overwhelming sadness, a drop off in the amount of interest or pleasure in all routine activities, changing appetite and marked weight gain or loss, troubled sleep pattern, decline in self esteem, and feelings of culpability, helplessness, despair, nervousness, or fright.

There are a variety of natural herbs that helps in handling depression and anxiety. Licorice is a very influential antidepressant. Its role takes a back seat due to the popularity of another natural herb called St.-John's-wort. Licorice and its extracts are safe for normal use in moderate amounts up to about three cups of tea a day. However, long-term use or intake of larger amounts can produce headache, lethargy, sodium and water retention, excessive loss of potassium and high blood pressure.

St. John's wort has been used for a long time for treating anxiety and depression. Modern science shows that the flowers of this herb make a concoction that is useful in relieving unhappiness and melancholy. Studies show that treatment with just one of the active compounds in this herb, hypericin, results in major development in anxiety, depression and feelings of worthlessness and have fewer side effects. Studies also show that St.-John's-wort enhances sleep quality, often a big concern for people who are seriously depressed. This herb when combined with psychotherapy can be used to treat alcoholics suffering from depression. One of the major advantages of Saint-John's-wort is that, unlike many antidepressant drugs, it does not impair our concentration, attentiveness or reaction time. This herb should not be taken if a lady is pregnant. While consuming this herb we should avoid direct sunlight and exposure to sun because it makes the skin even more sensitive.

Borage is a natural and effective antidepressant. It is also rich in potassium. Juice from borage leaves and blossoms put forth a precise stimulating effect on the glandular system, which helps to overcome the sad feeling. Use the leaves and seeds to alleviate sadness, abstraction, and melancholy. Recommended as a remedy for melancholy, it stimulates, energizes and renews a keenness for life. The young leaves can also be used to make a refreshing salad.

Many people get the urge to eat Purslane when they are depressed. Foods containing the minerals magnesium and potassium have been shown to have antidepressant effects. Purslane, which is very rich in these minerals, is also high in other constituents with antidepressant value, including calcium, folate and lithium. In fact, purslane contains up to 16 percent antidepressant compounds.

Besides rosemary being a great spice for recipes, it is excellent in sleep pillows and herbal baths. It rekindles our energy and will make us feel happy. We can also prepare an effective rosemary tea using a pinch of valerian.

Sage is a member of the mint family and has been used medicinally and cosmetically since ancient times. To calm jittery nerves, make a decoction with the dried herb, strain and drink. Thyme is also a member of the mint family and is easy to grow in our own herb garden. We can add this spice to our favorite dishes, and use it in herbal sachets to lift a melancholy mood.