When it comes to fighting depression, there are really a lot of medications out there vying for our attention. However, most of the pharmaceutical options that are on the table come with quite staggering side effects. Also, they can often lead to a lifetime of prescribed medication taking since they are difficult to ween off of.
Not that some herbs can’t be the same way, but at least you don’t have to get a prescription for them and you also don’t have to worry about trying so many of them and spending a lot of money before you find one that works. It is estimated that the average depression case takes up to three antidepressant medications before they find one that works, so keeping the cost down, and taking something natural is something that eases a lot of people’s minds.
Let’s face it, we all struggle with blue moods once in a while. It doesn’t meant we all need to go on Prozac! So let’s get on with the subject of this post, which is all about the options out there in herbal medicine that exist for helping to treat mild depression, anxiety and blue moods, all of which pretty much go hand in hand.
Herbal remedies for Depression – the Natural Antidepressant
1.) Sceletium Tortuosm – This one is relatively new to a lot of people here in the US, but it’s been around a while. Like the uber popular diet aid hoodia gordonii, it is a succulent plant that is found in South Africa. It can be chewed, brewed, ground up and basically done any way you want it. It is available in capsule form as a ground up powder as well, but it’s still relatively hard to find here in the US last time I checked. I’m sure that’s about to change once news catches on about it.
This herb is a pretty potent natural antidepressant and mood brightener. It can also boost clarity and mindfulness while also improving overall mood. Those are all traits that we want to improve in ourselves, so it’s a great way to get a sort of three in one supplement.
It works as a natural SSRI (Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitor), so it helps to increase the amount of serotonin circulating in the blood, which is the feel good chemical that we can be deficient in. Deficiency of this chemical can lead to bulimia and depression.
It also helps dopamine to circulate more efficiently and affects the natural chemicals that help this one to work together in harmony with all the other hormones and chemicals that make you feel good, productive, and happy. A noted potential side effect is headache in some people.