Depression rate has been increasing over the last decades; it has become one of the most frequent lifestyle diseases. Antidepressants are medicinal drugs used for depression treatment and for mitigation of depression symptoms. These substances act upon levels of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) which are in charge of mood regulation. Some natural substances have been used in medicine for hundreds of years for their abilities to mitigate the depression symptoms and help improve light and medium-severe depression.
Many people have antidepressants prescribed whenever they begin to feel down. Our feelings are important messages that our body and mind send us; that is why it is better to take measure to restore life balance before deciding to go on medication. You can start by fishing around in nature for help - herbs, relaxation and nutritional supplement may do the trick.
Hypericum Soothes Our Nerves
Folk healers have been using hypericum as a natural antidepressant since the time immemorial. It is mainly used in the form of infusion to mitigate neuroses. Neuroses are disorders of the nervous system - fear, nervousness, restlessness, anxieties, mental tension, feelings of frustration. Hypericum is also used for treatment of lighter forms of depression when it can substitute antidepressants. Hypericum is full of sun and good mood and it is great for seasonal types of depression - in autumn, early spring and in winter. Hypericum can mitigate medium-severe depression by 50% which is more than in synthetic chemical pharmaceuticals. Specific substances contained in the plant have the ability to mitigate and calm nervousness, anxieties, etc. It also has many other positive effects and although it does have some inhibitory effects it doesn't induce sleepiness. Hypericum may also be helpful in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies. It also supports circulation and metabolism. Warning: medicinal interactions in cardiac patients and women using hormonal contraception.
We pour 200 ml boiling water over approx. 1.5 g of dried hypericum leaves. Let it steep for 15 minutes and sieve.
Hypericum is easily available in the form of capsules. The recommended dosage is 2-3 capsules a day. You should be able to see the results within 6 weeks.
Warning: Pregnant women should not use hypericum without consulting their physician first.
Basil Helps with Nervousness, Anxiety or Bad Concentration
Basil is one of the most typical and popular herbs of the Mediterranean cuisine. It is an annual evergreen plant with a typical peppery sweet aroma. Basil is widely used in healing and gastronomy, but it is also a great decoration plant. Aromatic oils contained in it are very potent substances acting on the nervous system, help against headaches, reduce stress and fatigue and mitigate anxiety attacks. It is a natural antidepressant that can improve our mood and rid us of winter depressions. It has positive influence on our digestive system and in case of problems with the urinary tract. Basil is excellent fresh in salads, on pizza and pasta, and works great with tomatoes. You can harvest and dry its leaves before blossoming throughout the season from May to September. We harvest basil dry by cutting it at the ground. We dry it in shade.
Prepare basil tea by scalding one teaspoon of dried basil in a cup of boiled water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Pour half a litre of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of fresh basil. Drink this infusion twice a day. It will calm your nerves and reduce stress.
Wash, dry and chop two handfuls of basil leaves. Press a clove of garlic and chop a spoonful of pine nuts. Mix everything with 50 ml of olive oil, add salt and pepper to your taste. Put the mixture into a small jar and store in a cool place.
Chamomile Calms Depressive Moods and Gives You Appetite for Food and for Life
Chamomile is a healing, aromatic herb. It is frequently used in cosmetics and alternative medicine. It helps against aches, wound healing and brings overall calmness. Chamomile essential oils contain a large amount of substances, especially terpenes, that give the plant its signature smell. It is the blossoms that are used; they are harvested in dry weather 3 to 5 days from blooming (but still before they are fully bloomed) and the floral stem should not be longer than 2 cm.
Extract: Pour 100 ml of water over a teaspoon of chamomile blossoms and cover. Let the extract steep for ca 15 minutes, strain it and drink it while it still warm. You may sweeten it slightly. It helps when one is feeling blue, slightly depressed or has stomach and intestinal problems or problems with the urinary tract. We can also add it to poultices for wound healing.
Chamomile tea with licorice: Chamomile is calming and anti-inflammatory and licorice helps against heartburn, flatulence and spams. Prepare 250 ml water, 5 g chamomile blossoms, 20 g licorice. Pour boiling water over the chamomile blossoms and steep them for 10 minutes. Strain them and let licorice dissolve in the tea. It is recommended to drink 1-3 cups of this tea a day.
Herb tea of chamomile and catmint: Both chamomile and catmint have calming and slightly sedative effects. For centuries, catmint has been used as a medicinal herb and seasoning. It contains a small amount of hallucinogenic substances and people used to smoke its dried leaves to make their everyday worries fade away. Chewing on a catmint root was recommended for shy people to gain courage and assertiveness from it.
¼ boiling water, 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile and 1 teaspoon of dried catmint
Pour boiling water over the herbs and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink ca 3 cups a day.
Calming Lavender Helps in Stress and Depressions
Lavender is an aromatic medicinal herb from the family Lamiaceae. It is mostly known as a traditional medicinal and aromatic herb characteristic by its unmistakable smell. The smell itself is intoxicating and calming, that is why dried lavender is sometimes inserted into small pillows to decorate the bedroom and spread the smell in it. If you find yourself in acute tension, drop one drop of lavender essential oil on a handkerchief or a paper tissue and inhale as necessary. The tension and nervousness will be gone in a few moments. A bath with a few drops of lavender oil is a pleasant relaxation and invigorates your mind as well.
Lavender drops help against headaches and migraines and has an overall calming effect. It reduces mental tension, has antibiotic effects and encourages the pancreas to generate more enzymes, it also reduces blood pressure.
Herb Tea of Lavender Blossoms
Pour ¼ boiling water over one teaspoon of lavender, let it steep for ca 8 minutes and strain. Sip as necessary.
One of the reasons depression has developed in you may be unsuitable diet composition. If you want to avoid depression, you should increase intake of vegetables, mainly leafy kinds. Apart from folic acid and vitamin B12, experts also recommend taking vitamin B3 and tyrosine. These substances are contained in fish, oysters, beans, nuts, leafy vegetables and enhanced dairy products. Natural folic acid and vitamin B12 are generally preventive of central nervous system disorders, mood swings and even help against dementia. Vitamin B12 can be found in meat, fish, poultry and dairy products. This vitamin is especially important for people who don't eat meat and need to supplement it otherwise. The relation between higher intake of folic acid and lower occurrence of depression syndromes has been proven in population all over the world.
Valerian Is a Popular Plant for Nervous Diseases
Valerian is a popular herb used during nervous disorders, anxieties, insomnia and to mitigate depressions. It is one of the oldest medicinal herbs used already by ancient physicians and shamans. It contains valeporiate and terpenic substances which have sedative effects. Valerian supports peaceful sleep without side effects of classic medicinal drugs, it shortens the time of falling asleep and improves sleep quality. It helps against fear and depression. It lowers blood pressure and has slightly analgesic effects. Valerian is suitable for any mental stress, hysteria, migraine, stomach problems or menopause problems.
Pour 0.25 l boiling water over one teaspoon of valerian. Let it steep for about half an hour and subsequently strain through a thin piece of cloth. Sweeten with honey to your taste; drink in the evening, ca 30 minutes before going to bed.
Valerian drops help calm nervousness and tension. In order to improve sleep quality, it is recommended to take 400-900 mg of the extract 2 hours before going to sleep for 28 days. Maximum daily dose is 15 g of the valerian root.až 2 hodiny před spaním po dobu 28 dní. Maximální denní dávka je 15 gramů kořene denně.
Primrose Blossoms Are Used in Depressions Combined With Restlessness and Irritability
Primrose is a symbol of spring. However, few people know that it is a great healing herb. Primrose blossoms are used in insomnia, nervous restlessness, hysteria and irritability.
Primrose Blossom Tea
Harvest blossoms in April and May and dry them in artificial heat. Primrose blossom tea is also suitable against migraine and for calming. In order to prepare one dose of the beverage, prepare 10 grams of dried primrose blossoms, 20 cl water and a glass vessel. Put the dried blossoms into the vessel (made of cooking glass) and pour hot water over them, let them steep for 10 minutes, sieve and serve in warmed cups.
Other herbs against light depression, nervousness and anxiety are balm, popular for its calming effects, optimism-inducing jasmine which is a strong antidepressant and a light aphrodisiac, vanilla which is calming, mitigates nervousness and tension, oregano is suitable for poultices and refreshing baths as it releases spasmodic tension of smooth muscles and it is also renowned as a delicious spice for soups and sauces.
Acupressure Against Depression
Immediately after waking up, when you are still in bed, place your right palm on the right side of your body, to the region above liver. Then press your palm strongly on that spot 10 or 15 times. This action will greatly improve your mood for the day. Other acupressure points we can press to fight depressions at any time during the day are on middle fingers of both hands. This particular point is located on the side of the middle finger, near the nail bed on the side to the index finger. Press your thumb on this point 5 times in a row as strongly as you can. Repeat this massage several times a day as a preventive measure. Inner sides of arms hide other effective points. Bend your arm in the elbow and massage the inner side of the bend under the elbow with your thumb for half a minute. First begin with the left arm and then repeat the procedure on the right arm. But do not press too much - you could stimulate the circulation too much and make your heart beat too hard. This method is not suitable for cardiac patients.
Last acupressure points for good mood are on the back - the massaging person places both hands on the shoulderblades of the massaged person who is sitting on a chair and does the "cat back" with their back, hands dangling next to their body. The massage-giving person presses on the shoulderblades 5 times in a row - this massage will improve your mood. In order to be cheerful all day, repeat the massage every three to four hours throughout the day.