9 Natural Treatments For Sadness And Depression by: Susan Patterson for Off the Grid News
Even the happiest of people experience periods of sadness. While feeling blue once in a while is normal, experiencing long-term sadness that takes you away from friends and family can lead to a more serious problem: depression. When you find yourself stuck in a rut and can use a little pick-me-up, try some of these natural remedies that can help elevate your mood and boost your energy at the same time.
Herbs for Happiness
Most medical professionals are quick to prescribe antidepressant and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) when patients complain of depression. As with any medication, these come with a host of dangerous side-effects that can have long-term consequences over time. Instead of pills and prescriptions, turn to some of these herbs that have been used for centuries to treat the blues.
1. Rhodiola rosea (Crassulaceae): A perennial plant known to alleviate anxiety and stress.
2. St. John’s Wort: Also referred to as “nature’s prozac,” this herb is a natural mood booster.
3. Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia): This plant’s high vitamin C content is a natural anxiety aid.
4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): This Indian plant is also known to fight degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s as well as depression.
5. Maca (Lepidium meyenii): Known also as “Peruvian ginseng,” this powerful herb increases energy, enhances stamina and boosts the immune, adrenal and endocrine systems.
Foods That Fight Bad Moods
Many people turn to the so-called “comfort food” when they’re feeling blue. But, often these high-fat, high-sodium and nutrient-poor foods only compound feelings of sadness and depression. Instead of mom’s mac and cheese, try some of these mood boosters to add to your meals.
6. B vitamins: According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a deficiency of B vitamins is often linked with depression due to their role in the brain’s message-sending center. Incorporate foods like egg yolks, organic lean beef and poultry, wild caught fish and wheat germ into your meals. Vegans and vegetarians can turn to nutritional yeast as a condiment, which also serves as a great cheese-alternative.