Depression and anxiety may seem a minor problem but it can get severe if not treated on time. Depression me also begin as anxiety and slowly and gradually form a major depression problem. There are a lot of things that you can do that don’t require prescription medications like using herbs to help keep depression and mood fluctuations under control. They take time and effort but it’s well worth it. Here as some herbs you can use to treat depression and anxiety:
St. John’s wort is a plant that’s native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical in the brain that’s often low in people who have depression. Several antidepressants work by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Taking the herb has been linked with increasing the amount of serotonin. This way this herb can prevent or treat your depression and in some cases, anxiety too.
Saffron has been used for centuries to strengthen digestion, smooth menstruation, improve mood etc. It is a rare spice made from the dried stigma of the Crocus sativa flower. Saffron supplements available commercially or just raw saffron sticks actually improve mood and reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder more than placebo supplements.
Chamomile has relaxing properties that help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Chamomile is best consumed in the form of chamomile tea and here is how to make it: Boil 1 cup of water and add over 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile or a chamomile tea bag to it. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Let steep for 15 minutes if you are using a tea bag. Strain, and add little honey if you like. Your chamomile tea is ready! Drink it 30 minutes before bedtime.
Kava is a plant-based medicine derived from Piper methysticum plant. The Kava plant is a tall shrub that is native to the South Pacific. Kava can make people feel intoxicated, so teas and tinctures made from the root have been used for centuries to help increase relaxation and reduce anxiety. Kava root can be used to make tea: put the roots in boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. strain and drink.
A member of the mint family, thyme is an herb that originates in the Mediterranean basin. Thyme is recommended by herbalists as an effective and safe beginner herb for anxiety and depression. Thyme oil can be applied on a cloth or handkerchief and sniffed all day long in between whenever possible. It can also be used on pulse points so that the scent remains.
Rosemary is another popular home remedy for anxiety and depression due to its calming effect. Add one or two teaspoons of dried rosemary to one cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 10 minutes, and then strain it. Drink this tea daily until you are satisfied with the results. You can also add few drops of rosemary oil in a diffuser.