15 herbs and foods that relieve the symptoms of depression

Created on January 13, 2018 at 4:44 pm by admin

These plants help relieve the symptoms of depression even more effectively than some antidepressant drugs. 
Depression is widespread and affects millions of people around the world, many of whom are convinced by the pharmaceutical industry that serotonin drugs and other antidepressants are the only treatment possible.

The truth is that there are many herbal alternatives that are proven to help improve the symptoms of depression naturally and without causing side effects.

Golden Root
(Rhodiola rosea)
 Golden root
Gold or, as yet, a well-known golden root is a year-round plant that grows in the cold mountain regions of the northern hemisphere. Its roots contain juice that has long been used to improve physical and mental stamina, to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress and even to improve mood and relieve depression.

Therefore, the herb is considered an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps normalize the body’s response to stress and maintains optimal homeostasis by balancing the immune system and endocrine hormones.

Numerous studies have shown that gold can safely be used to reduce recovery time after exercise, to improve attention and memory, physical condition and performance, stimulate psychomotor function, and relieve  depression  and anxiety.

St John’s wort
(Hypericum perforatum)
 St. John's Wort
St John’s wort, growing in the moderate and subtropical region, has long been used in a variety of cultures to treat depression. According to the results of various studies, this herb is at least as effective in treating moderate depression as standard antidepressants but its potential side effects are less.

With success the herb suppresses the symptoms of depression without affecting the body’s negatives. Therefore, it can be taken for a long time in the case of moderate depression.

When taken as a whole extract, St. John’s wort helps to relieve sleep problems …

The healing properties of herbs have been known since antiquity. The use of these natural medicines helps fight the human body against a number of diseases, one of which is depression. Depression is a serious medical condition, which is often neglected by the Bulgarian.  But the truth is that nowadays more and more people suffer from frequent headaches, bad mood, constant fatigue, irritability and sleep problems.

If you experience two or more of the listed symptoms, the treacherous illness has also
affected your everyday life. The good news is that it is also cured with phytotherapy! Here are some of the herbs that struggle
with depression:

 Siberian ginsengSiberian Ginseng  – relieves the symptoms of anxiety and depression by increasing the balance of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Siberian ginseng has been known since ancient times as a means of diminishing the sense
of anxiety. For centuries it has been used in Chinese medical practice.

 Magnolia barkBark of magnolia  – healing properties were discovered by the Chinese. In ancient medicine, the bark of magnolia is used to relieve general anxiety. Recent research has shown that two important compounds – cholinocol and magnolol, which regulate the stress hormone – cortisol, are part of the healing herb. The effectiveness of the magnolia bark against anxiety makes it a useful product for those who suffer from insomnia.


Ginseng tonifies the body, strengthens the immune system, removes the feeling of fatigue, improves concentration and memory.

In depression, you can bet on ginseng tea or get plant tablets that can be found in any pharmacy. The combination of ginseng and honey is also effective in combating bad moods.


The aromatic spice is widely used in Indian cuisine. Recently Bulgarian hosts also dare to experiment and flavor their dishes with cardamom.

To drive depression and bad mood, set a cup of magic spice.

Add half a teaspoon of the product to a glass of hot water. Eat the tea once a day and you will soon experience an improvement in your condition.


Ginger, like cardamom, is a spice used in Indian and Asian cuisine. It is characterized by a hot taste, which gives the dishes spicyness and uniqueness.

Ginger root tea is particularly relevant in recent years. Its healing properties have no limits. The plant successfully treats sore throats, colds, stomach upset and nervous disorders.

To overcome depression, prepare tea from the root of the magic spice. Add honey and slice of lemon. Drink will immediately calm down your shaken nerves. Ginger  may be the most popular herb to treat anxiety disorder, as it has strong antidepressant properties.


Spice has a specific flavor and taste that everyone would not like.

If you are among nutmeg fans, you can take spice-based spices, but in minimal quantities. The best option is to use spices in your dishes rather than eating it yourself.

If you overdose, you can severely harm your health.
Accepted in large quantities of  nutmeg  leads to hallucinations, dizziness, nausea, palpitations and even falling into clinical death.

 Oat flakesOat flakes

What better way to drive depression and bad mood with oatmeal.
This is one of the favorite snacks of many Bulgarians, which supplies the body with important vitamins and minerals for it.

The content of the so-called “hormone of happiness” in oatmeal contributes to the good mood and tone of the whole organism.
Prepare a delicious mess by mixing oatmeal with hot water or fresh milk. Add dried fruit and honey and enjoy a nutritious and healthy breakfast.

If you are not a fan of oatmeal, you can add the kernels to yoghurt again by tasting the breakfast of your choice – honey, fresh or dried fruits and other products you prefer.


Saffron is the favorite homemade seasoning that gives a pleasant yellow color to rice.

Despite the fact that this is the most expensive spice in the world, you can get a saffron pack at an affordable price in any bigger grocery store.

The red or orange color of the product guarantees its authentic origin.

The tea of ​​this plant soothes and tonifies the body. It is effective against depression and other similar conditions.
When making a saffron decoction, do not overdo it with the amount of product because it has a strong and sharp aroma.

LemonLemon  – they call it a “soothing herb”. The flavonoids and phenolic acids that come into its composition are responsible for its various beneficial properties. This herb is usually used as a sedative against depression and anxiety, but it is also used in the treatment of stomach pain, flu, high blood pressure lowering, menstrual cycle adjustment in women.

 RosemaryRosemary  – this herb grows in the form of an aromatic evergreen shrub, and its miraculous properties have been known to the world for centuries. Rosemary tea or capsules filled with dried rosemary leaves are very good in treating depression. Rosemary tea has a strong sedative effect and can also be taken with St. John’s wort.

 ValerianValerian  is incredibly strong sedative, also effective in insomnia. Valerian is a flowering plant growing in Europe and parts of Asia. Flowering in summer in pink, and sometimes in white, it has a sweet aroma. Although it has been used in the past for non-medical purposes, including as a perfume, this herb attracts the attention of ancient Greeks and Romans who first discover the potential of valerian as a remedy against insomnia. It is assumed that valerian has special chemical properties that are useful in the treatment of anxiety.

Herbal therapy is an increasingly popular therapy

It can be used either alone or in combination with nutritional or hormonal therapy. And while anti-depressants are designed to force body chemistry to act in a certain way – for example, to artificially increase the impact of chemical substances in the brain, phytotherapy is mainly consistent with the patient’s use, with his mental and physical health.

It is important to always inform your doctor if you decide to start using herbal medicines, use alternative therapy or combine it with conventional medical treatment.

The use of  herbs  to treat depression is as successful as traditional medicines, and the main plus is the almost complete lack of side effects.

 Oatmeal strawOatmeal  strengthens the central nervous system and is also commonly used in the treatment of depression.

 BasilecBasil  is known as a natural tonic. Its intake reduces the feeling of stress and fatigue, which are widely believed to be major causes of depression.

Image result for CarnationCarnation  is recommended especially in cases where, as a result of depressive condition, the patient has trouble sleeping.


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