Depression is a state of sadness or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual's social functioning and/ or daily activities. It is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, along with other factors. Symptoms of depression include feelings of overwhelming sadness, a decrease in the amount of interest or pleasure in routine activities, changing appetite, marked weight gain or loss, disturbed sleep pattern, decline in self-esteem, and feelings of guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, or fear. Here is a list of herbs that are useful for depression. These herbs either treat the cause of depression or minimize the related side effects.
Licorice contains most of the same monoamine oxidase inhibitors that are found in more powerful prescription medication used for treating depression and mental disorders. It is advised to consult a physician before consuming licorice, as it can trigger side effects as well.
St. John's Wort
High quality St. John’s Wort extract effectively relieves depression. Natural, wholesome, inexpensive and easily available, it is the dream remedy for depression.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)
Gingko helps in relieving depression, especially in the elderly, who suffer from reduced blood flow to the brain. It is a powerful anti-depressant and anti-oxidant that increases blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body. This increases memory, promotes cardio-vascular health and alleviates symptoms of Alzheimer’s patients.
Siberian ginseng improves the balance of important neurotransmitters in the brain. A substance called adaptogen assists the body in adapting to physical external stresses. It stimulates the immune system, enhances abstract thinking and improves aerobic capacity.
Basil helps in relieving stress and headaches, improving concentration and lifting moods.
A natural and effective anti-depressant, borage is rich in potassium. Borage leaf juice has a stimulating effect on the glandular system that helps to overcome the “blue” feeling. Leaves and seeds help in alleviating sadness, pensiveness and melancholy.
Lemon balm is known for its anti-depressant activity and is highly recommended for the treatment of mental ailments like depression. The soothing components of lemon balm extract helps to cool frayed nerves and tide over depression.
Purslane, very rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, folate and lithium, has anti-depressant properties that help to overcome depression.
Rosemary herb is excellent when used in sleep pillows and herbal baths. It rekindles a person’s energy and makes him/ her happy, thus relieving him/her from depression.
Yohimbine helps in improving the overall effectiveness of anti-depressant medications. It also relieves mild depression.
Other herbs used for treating depression are: