Natural antidepressants

Depression is a plague of the modern age of suffering an increasing percentage of the population. Depression has been successfully treated with antidepressants, but sometimes it can be treated successfully and in a natural way. Here’s how:

St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort is an herbal antidepressant that has been clinically tested and proven effective in combating mild to moderate depression. This plant is also used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical antidepressants, and enhances the activity of serotonin and norepinephrine (natural antidepressants that produced by the body), but in a very gentle way, so it does not cause almost no unwanted side effects.

Ginkgo biloba

One of the oldest types of trees, Ginkgo biloba has proven to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression. Anti-depressant effects of ginkgo biloba have begun to be observed when the significant improvements in mood and concentration have been noticed in patients with cerebrovascular insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to the brain).

Ginkgo Biloba increases the blood flow in the brain, and helps fight depression caused by changes made due to the aging of brain cells. The study, which was conducted on forty respondents older, showed a significant reduction in depression after just four weeks of use of ginkgo biloba compared to subjects who have used a placebo.

Yellow jasmine

German researchers have found that Jasmine is molecularly similar to the drug Valium. The smell of jasmine reduces the anxiety and improves the sleep. Jasmine scent molecules that enter the bloodstream through the lungs serve as an effective substitute for pharmaceutical antidepressants. Also, it is well known that jasmine oil is a natural remedy for stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression and the like.

Lavender

Lavender is a natural antidepressant that has a soothing effect on the central nervous system and reduces blood pressure. It helps with reducing anxiety, depression, insomnia and emotional stress and has a calming and relaxing effect. In addition to essential oils, dried flowers and leaves for making scented pillows and teas and other preparations of lavender have also proven to be highly effective in combating depression and similar states.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a natural herb that helps with various types of mental stress. The herb is proven to have adaptogenic  properties, which means that this plant helps to cope with stressful situations by improving the function of nerves. Ashwagandha is also used at major physical effort, working on the increase the vitality and improves memory.

Omega 3

Many clinical studies have proven the correlation between low dietary intakes of omega-3 fatty acids and depression. Scientific research has established that depression is often associated with high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and low levels of omega-3s. In this case it is necessary to compensate for the reduced amount of omega-3 fatty acids to achieve an ideal ratio for the control of depression and improving brain health.

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