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10 Home Remedies for Depression

by Andreea Laza

Looking for home remedies for depression? Keep on reading.

Depression is a condition of the mind that reflects on the body and ultimately on the behavior and lifestyle of the person depressed.

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The person suffering from depression feels so low that they cannot envision that there is a cure for their problem.

Excessive thinking and focusing on the negative things will most definitely be the cause for depression.

That is why the best cure for depression is to go within yourself and see what are the thought patterns that you perpetuate. And then go further and see what you fears are.

It is important to bring out what you are pressing and try to find solutions.

Modern medicine will never help too much, because it only treats the symptoms and, moreover, can create dependency.

We advise you to go to a good psychotherapist to help you open your soul and cure the suffering or the possible traumas of the past.

The First Signs of Depression

  • Lack of interest in any type of activity
  • Persistent melancholy
  • Irritability
  • Body weight fluctuations
  • Isolation
  • Sadness
  • Headaches

There are more components to depression.

One is emotional, one is mental and the third is physical. You can go about each of them as a good start, but you have to understand that one affects the other and that they are interconnected.

For example, you can go for a body detoxification program.

While your body flushes all the toxins out and you normalize your body weight, you will feel better mentally as well.

But you can go the other way around. Seeing a psychotherapist for example, will help you mentally and emotionally to sort all the negative thought patterns and to better understand yourself.

When this is done, you will see less depression symptoms on your body as well. It’s up to you how you choose to cure depression; the good news is that there are numerous ways that can help you out!

Herbal Teas that Help with Depression

St. John’s wort, valerian, lavender and linden teas are very effective and at the same time gentle with the body.

Valerian and lavender tea is better drunk in the evening.

Valerian is known for being a very powerful natural sleeping pill, because it has this calming down effect.

This is the reason why it’s best to drink these teas in the evening, when you are ready to go to bed.

  • Sleeping with lavender sachets on your pillow will also help you have a better sleep and get you out of that negative funk.
  • Marjoram tea is also a natural sleeping pill that you can have up to 4 cups per day (1 tsp. plant/cup).
  • Have St. John’s wort and linden tea first thing in the morning on an empty stomach instead of coffee or sugary drinks.
  • If you can’t drink them plain, sweeten them with honey instead of sugar. Sugar should be avoided at all costs, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
  • Depurative tea blends are amazing with depression! Sage and artichoke teas are especially good with depression.

Natural Supplements for Depression

  • Calcium: green barley, sesame seeds, soy, almonds, peanuts, spinach, nuts, oatmeal, buckwheat, millet, turnips, sprouts, brown rice etc.
  • Magnesium: sunflower seeds, almonds, soybeans, walnuts, seaweed, whole wheat flour, millet, spinach, bananas, green leafy vegetables, avocados, wheat germ etc.
  • Vitamin B Complex (B6, B1, B12). B1 Vitamin is amazing against migraines caused by excessive thinking or depression, helping the good functioning of the brain. It also helps memory and soothes painful attacks. Natural sources of B1 Vitamin are asparagus, brown rice, peas, new potatoes, grapes and sunflower seeds.
  • Omega 3. The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been called “the food of happiness,” because these fatty acids are the essential constituents of the brain that the body cannot synthesize. The omega-3 foods and supplements consumption (salmon, herring, tuna, sardines, nuts, extra virgin olive oils: olive, soybean, flaxseed, flaxseed, sunflower seeds) relieves depression, increases cognitive function , prevents neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)
  • Homeopathic medicine: Sepia 15 CH
  • Royal jelly and pollen have the property to inhibit prostaglandins that are responsible for releasing inflammatory proteins in the body and causing headaches. Have 1 tsp. of pollen in a 3 months cure.
  • Ginger is great for somatic symptoms depression, especially for nausea and vomiting. Have 1 cm of grated ginger whenever you feel like vomiting.
  • Natural extracts: rosemary, basil and St. John’s wort act as natural mental refreshers.
  • Ginseng increases serotonin, being very beneficial in depression, fatigue, overuse etc. Known as the „Peruvian ginseng”, Maca is another superfood responsible for raising energy levels naturally, as well as stimulating the immune system, the adrenal and endocrine glands.
  • Maca (Lepidium meyenii), known as “Peruvian ginseng”, is a root plant rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2016 concluded that maca clearly has the action of general antidepressant.

natural supplements depression10 Home Remedies for Depression

1. Powerful Blend for Depression

For this remedy you need the following herbs:

  • valerian root, common hawthorn flowers, common motherwort and linden tree blossoms.
  • Add one teaspoon of each plant in 750 ml boiling water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.
  • Separately, boil a hydrated Agaricus Milena mushroom (also known as Agaricus Blazei Murill mushroom or Brazilian  Mushroom) in 1.5 liters of water for 45 minutes.
  • Mix the obtained liquid with the herbal infusion and consume throughout the day.

This is a day’s worth quantity.

2. Rhodiola Rosea Home Remedy for Depression

The roots of this plant contain a sap that has long been used to improve physical and mental resistance, relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and even to increase mood.

It is an adaptogen herb that helps normalize the body’s response to stress and maintain an optimal homeostasis by balancing the immune system and endocrine hormones.

Numerous scientific studies, including research studies conducted and compiled by Dr. Zakir Ramazanov, a former Soviet soldier, have shown that Rhodiola rosea can:

  • reduce recovery time after workout
  • improve attention and memory
  • improve physical condition and physical performance
  • increase psycho-motor skills
  • mitigate states of depression and anxiety.

3. St. John’s Wort Remedy for Depression

All research has shown improvement in the emotional state of depressed patients after internal treatment with St. John’s wort.

The active principles of this plant gradually eliminate sadness, asthenia, sleep disturbances, while elevating the psychological state and the optimism.

The most effective method of administering this plant is orally in as powder (obtained by grinding the dried plant with the electric grinder).

  • Take a teaspoon of St. John’s wort four times a day.
  • Keep it for a few minutes under your tongue before swallowing it.
  • You can also take St. John’s wort as tincture.

Have a teaspoon of St. John’s wort tincture 3 times per day before meals.

Dilute the tincture in 100 ml of water.

  • In addition, have fresh salad every day and 2 cups of lemon balm tea per day mixed with common motherwort.

4. Nigari Salt Depression Remedy

Some women have cured post-natal depression with nigari or magnesium chloride.

  • For this, you have to ½ tsp. of nigari on an empty stomach in the morning.
  • Dilute it in 1 cup of water, so you can take it easier.
  • After 20 minutes you can have breakfast.
  • After 1 month of treatment, you can take it in the evening as well before dinner.

Nigari, or the magnesium content in it, elevates your mood, makes you happier and boosts the immune system as well.

There is no limit for taking this remedy, since magnesium doesn’t accumulate in the body, but is flushed out in maximum 24 hours.

The best time to end this treatment is when you no longer feel depressed.

5. Ashwagandha Remedy for Depression

Also known as the „Indian ginseng”, Ashwagandha contains powerful adaptogenic compounds known to relieve symptoms related to anxiety and depression.

It contains amino acids, including GABA, antioxidants, alkaloids and tannins.

More studies, including one published in the Phytomedicine magazine in 2000, found that Ashwagandha works the same or better than antidepressants to relieve anxiety and treat depression symptoms.

Ashwagandha powder is used to strengthen the nervous system and to prevent depression, stress, irritability.

6. Salt Water Remedy for Depression

The simple fresh water frictions are another efficient remedy for depression.

  • For the salt water, mix 1 tsp. of salt in ½ l of water until it dissolves.
  • Use this water to run the temples of your head with every morning.

7. Cinnamon Tea fights Depression

  • Pour hot water over a cinnamon stick or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.
  • Let it infuse well for 15 minutes and then drink it in small sips.
  • You can also sweeten it with honey to taste better.

8. Common Centaury Tincture

Common centaury or common wormwood tinctures are great for somatic symptom depression, for lack of appetite.

These tinctures help stimulate the gastric juices, preparing the body to have food.

9. Valerian Herb Cure for Depression

Valerian is a plant with a strong anxiolytic and antidepressant effect that also improves sleep.

  • Take a teaspoon of valerian root powder three times a day, for 30-60 days of treatment, with 7-10 days of pause.
  • Store the valerian root powder in hermetically sealed dark glass jars in cold places for a maximum of 2 weeks.

10. Camu Camu fights Depression

Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a plant native to the Amazon forest of Peru whose fruits have the highest known levels of natural vitamin C.

In the The Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition, Dr. Gary Null, a nutritionist and researcher, lists Camu Camu second place in a list of 19 plants that contain chemical compounds with antidepressant properties without any negative side effects.

Camu Camu has been succesfully used for panick attacks and ADHD as well.

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Best Foods for Depression

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There are some foods that effectively combat stress and which should be included in your daily diet if you suffer from depression or a low mood. These are:

Celery contains a series of compounds that decrease the concentration of stress hormones;

Cabbage is a very good source of antioxidant vitamins that fight stress, such as vitamins A, C and E;

Brown rice contains slow-acting carbohydrates that trigger serotonin release in the body;

Berries helps relieve stress by increasing magnesium and vitamin C levels in the body;

Sesame seeds reduce stress with their zinc-rich composition that causes serotonin production;

Garlic contains a detoxifying substance called alicin that helps to wipe out depletion conditions, helps to increase good mood;

Raw sunflower seeds contain potassium, B12 vitamin complex (especially B6 and pantothenic acid) and zinc, that help decrease stress;

Asparagus contains many regenerating elements for the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, bones all of which have positive effects on the body’s good functioning and stress resistance;

Raw almonds are very rich in magnesium, which helps the metabolism of essential fatty acids. Alcohol consumption reduces tension, anxiety, irritability and insomnia through magnesium intake;

Seaweed – has an energizing effect on the liver and facilitate the elimination of toxins, thus lowering the level of stress in the body;

Avocado – contains 14 minerals, all of which have an important role in regulating body functions.

The Best Drink for Depression

Orange and spinach contain significant amounts of folic acid, tryptophan and vitamin B6. These substances help to restore the nervous system during episodes of mental stress and anxiety. They stimulate the neural function and have a tonic action on the brain activity. The following fresh juice is the best and tastiest remedy for depression.

  • Add 1 handful of spinach leaves in a blender, 1 peeled orange and 1 tbsp. of honey into a blender and blend.
  • Add some water to thin the juice out.
  • This simple juice drives out the slight signs of depression and enlivens your mood.

What to Do When Depressed?

Get Out There

Stay out in the open, go for long walks outdoors, stroll with friends. It can greatly benefit you to change your lifestyle for the better. Get more active and exercise daily if possible.

Focus on Health

Try to follow a healthy diet, have enough sleep, and think about the beautiful things in your life that you are grateful for. Have plenty fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh carrot and beetroot juices while avoiding meat and junk foods. Give up on sugar and caffeine that only accentuate anxiety and depression on the long run.

Time for Growth

Accompany yourself with the people who raise you up instead of pulling your down. Also be brave enough to be on your own and get to know yourself truly and deeply. This is the perfect time to do so. From the experience of a good friend, I can tell you one thing that helped her with depression. She engaged in volunteer work that forced herself to leave the house. Above all, she felt helpful by helping people like her, so she continued to stay in touch.

It is important to not isolate yourself in the home or work, but to try to fight to get out of this state. If people don’t do, get a pet. This is not a joke.

Choose Not to Be Depressed

Do not let yourself be depressed and understand that this is just a phase you’re going through. It’s not how your life actually is and will be. Remember the good times you had this far, the long way you’ve come and be grateful for everything in your life.

Meditation & Prayer

And, last but not least, do not forget the power of prayer, and being grateful for the positives in your life. In case of depression, this is the most effective medicine of all!

Hopefully you’ve found here a handful of helpful home remedies for depression and some healthy tips that will help you out. Remember that this is not who you actually are. Also, know that depression is just a phase that you’re going through that on the long run will help you grow even more.

Try to see everything on a positive light and have faith that all is well and eventually will be. Here is a resourceful video that might help you out:

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