The Best Herbs For Fighting Depression

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Depression is terrible thing to have to handle. We aren’t talking about feeling sad when your team loses the final, or even the crushing sadness that’s felt when you have to put down a beloved pet. Depression is much deeper and longer-lasting than any of these things. It’s a chronic sadness, a disinterest in life — sadness so intense that it makes everyday activities seem like a chore. Depression can interfere with your life and causes many to seek professional help.

Although the symptoms of depression are varied and quite complex, most people go years before receiving a proper diagnosis. Some of the symptoms of depression include suicidal thoughts, lack of energy, recurring thoughts about death, frustration, trouble concentrating, a lack of interest in anything, restlessness, indecisiveness, and lack of motivation. The symptoms of depression are not the same for everyone, and not everyone responds to medication.

If you are taking medication, never stop talking it without first speaking to your doctor. An abrupt end to anti-depressants can cause life-threatening side effects. Always speak to your doctor before consuming any herbal products to be certain that you are taking the right herb and the correct dosage for your particular situation.

Many people respond well to herbal remedies for the control of depression. Keep reading and discover the top 11 herbs that have been proven to work wonders for many people. One of them might be the answer you are looking for.


1. St. John’s Wort

Undeniably, this is the most common and well-known natural antidepressant on the planet. This herb is indigenous to Europe and has a long history of being used as a traditional remedy for depression and other mental and emotional problems. Often recommended today by naturopaths and practitioners of alternative medicine, St. John’s Wort has been studied at length. Numerous clinical trials show that this herb is quite effective for those with mild to moderate depression. One study, published in the 2006 edition of BMC Medicine, found that a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study showed that St. John’s Wort was notably superior to a placebo in the treatment of those with major depression symptoms. The active components in this herb prevent the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, which makes it a much better alternative to the typical pharmaceutical solution known as SSRI’s. This herb is available everywhere in many different forms including capsule, tincture, powders, and teas.


2. Turmeric

The spice created from this herb has been used as medicine for thousands of years in both Chinese and Ayurvedic cultures. It’s loaded with much-needed antioxidants that protect the mitochondria, which are the tiny organelles in the cells that make chemical energy. This spice can help to keep the brain in good chemical balance. Studies have even shown that regular consumption of turmeric can calm inflammation in the brain, preventing Alzheimer’s. Try adding one tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of warm milk and drinking daily. You should see results within six weeks.


3. Peppermint

Peppermint is perhaps one of the most underrated herbs ever! In many minds, peppermint equals candy, but those with depression who try this herb almost always have amazing results. Over the years, peppermint has proven to be effective when it comes to dealing with depression; in fact, the University Of Maryland Medical Center even offers peppermint oil to calm and sooth those who suffer from depression and anxiety. Try drinking peppermint tea three times each day. You can also consume a peppermint extract after consulting with your doctor for the proper dose.

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