Depression is an illness which affects the mind and body of a person. It can cause them to have a loss of appetite, feel sad, lack energy and willpower among other things. Oftentimes, they feel hopeless and this can potentially lead to suicide. In desperation, they or someone close to them will try to get medical help for them. While antidepressant drugs are helpful in their ability to alleviate depression, these drugs often have unpleasant side effects. While medical help has helped a great number of people many could benefit from using herbal remedies. Herbal remedies have been used successfully in many cultures for thousands of years. They have proven to be safe, effective for most people. Also, they don’t have many of the unpleasant side effects that prescription drugs have. Many herbs are adaptogens which means they provide benefits for multiple conditions. Many people take herbal supplements for depression as well as other conditions. Many people also drink herbal teas throughout the day.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a plant used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional health care system in India. It is known in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to restore vitality and energy. The entire plant including the leaves, roots and berries have been used for numerous health conditions. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb which helps to rejuvenate the body. It can increase energy, endurance and stamina. Ashwagandha is a powerful stress busting herb. It provides anti-stress benefits and acts as a mood stabilizer. It has been proven to safely and effectively reduce and counteract stress and depression. Known side effects of Ashwagandha include drowsiness and sleepiness so it is best taken close to bedtime.
Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a tropical rainforest plant which grows in the Peruvian rainforest. It is a small fruit similar to acerola. It is tart with a citrus like flavor. Camu Camu is a very potent plant which contains natural antipressant compounds. Many people have been able to get off of potent anti-depressant drugs when they began taking Camu Camu. It is available in capsules or in powdered form which can be mixed with juice or other beverages.
Camu Camu is unique in that it is best known for the extremely high level of vitamin C of the berries. It has the highest concentration of vitamin of any plant known to man. Vitamin C provides a host of benefits. It protects the nervous system, helps with eye problems and improves muscle tone. It also is antiviral which means it can kill viruses. Additionally, it is effective in easing inflammation in the body and helping to relieve headaches including migraines.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii), is commonly referred to as “Peruvian Ginseng” although it is not a member of the ginseng family. It is a root plant native to Peru, Bolivia and parts of Brazil. It is an adaptogenic herb which has been used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It helps to increase energy, stamina and endurance and improve sexual function. It also balances moods and helps one to effectively deal with depression. It also enhances memory and brain health and allows for a deeper sleep which reduces mental fatigue and sluggishness. Do not take Maca near bedtime because it can keep you awake.
Maca root is a powder made from a Peruvian root and can be found in certain supplements and drink mixes. Maca root contains a phytonutrient that can help ward off anxiety and depression, provided that you can find the unprocessed form. In its natural state, just one glass of tea containing Maca root has more nutrients than a serving of most fruits and vegetables, including the nutrients calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Many studies have found that Maca root is just as safe and effective at fighting depression as prescription drugs but without many of the risks and side effects that many prescription medicines may cause.
Rhodiola Rosea Root (Crassulaceae) is another plant which is also an adaptogenic herb. It is native to Asia, Europe and other areas of the Northern Hemisphere. It has been used for thousands of years for a variety of problems. It strengthens physical and mental stamina. It helps with insomnia and depression, plus it improves emotional stability. Additionally, it helps the body recover from fatigue quickly. It helps the body become more resistant to stress. It also helps to calm the nerves which enable the body to more effectively deal with challenging circumstances.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant native to temperate and subtropical regions of the world. It is an herb whose flowers and leaves are used to make medicine. It has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks and by cultures around the world to treat depression. Many research studies have determined that St. John’s Wort is just as effective as standard antidepressant drugs at least for treating mild to moderate depression. It also helps with fatigue, sleep disorders and loss of appetite. It also promotes relaxation and increases energy levels. It is very effective in improving overall mental health.
The medical use of the flowers of St. John’s Wort was first recorded by Hippocrates. “Wort” is an old English word for plant. The name of St. John’s Wort was taken from John the Baptist. It blooms about the 24th of June which is the birthday of John the Baptist.
Herbs are readily available and are very inexpensive compared to the cost of prescription drugs. They can be taken safely and effectively by most people. However, each person is different. Be sure to check with your health practitioner to make sure the herbs you desire to take are safe for you do to so. They will need to make sure that the herbs don’t negatively affect any health condition you may have and to make sure they don’t interfere with any other medications you might be taking.