Most of us feel sad, miserable or ‘down in the dumps’ sometimes. We can feel like this when someone we love has died or moves away or we have lost a job or our home or have difficult things or circumstances to cope with. Usually, these feeling become less intense over time — especially, when other good things are happening in our life. However, when these feeling of being sad or down are intense and persistent and stop us from doing the things that we would normally do then it is likely that we have a depressive illness.
The depressive illness can range from interfering with our usual activities and relationships (mild to moderate depression) to making it hard to relate or communicate with others or to do day-to-day tasks ( debilitating or severe depression). If you or someone you know has depression (mild, moderate or severe) it is important to seek professional health care. However, there are many things that the depressed person can do to help themselves — the information on herbal remedies provided in this article is particularly geared to someone with mild or moderate depression.
There are many herbs that can be used to fight depression. These herbs include: damiana, ginseng, lady’s slipper, lavender, lime (linden) blossom, rosemary skullcap, valerian and vervain. Sometime it is useful to have a particular combination of herbs. A combination of herbs is usually more effective and preferred for treatment of depression. Tonics can be prepared with consideration to the specific situation of the individual who is taking it.
Herbs can be used as a part of an overall program for dealing with mild to moderate depression. Growerz overcoming depression program is able to provide a comprehensive support and assistance for dealing with mild to moderate depression.
Listed below are examples of herbal tonics that can be used in mild to moderate depression. You should consult you health professional before starting on herbal remedies — the herbs may interact with prescription medicines.
You need to use the teas or tinctures over 2 – 3 days to give then a chance to work.
When the depression is connected with general debility of the whole body, affecting the nervous system, the following mixture is indicated:
- 2 parts kola
- 1 part damiana
- 1 part lavender
- 1 part oats
- 1 part rosemary
Combine the ingredients. Take 1 teaspoon of the herb blend and place into a suitable sized saucepan and pour on one cup of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Drink 1 cup three times per day.
Where there is not so much debility involved use the following mixture:
- 1 part kola
- 1 part lime (linden) blossom
- 1 part skullcap
Combine the ingredients. Take 1 teaspoon of the herb blend and place into a suitable sized saucepan and pour on one cup of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Drink 1 cup three times per day. If a more powerful approach is needed then valerian may be added to the mixture.
This tea provides a general ‘pick-me-up’.
- 1 part rosemary
- 1 part sage
Combine the rosemary and sage and add two cups of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 5 minutes. Strain out the herbs. Drink 1 cup up to three times per day.
Feel Good Tea
This tea encourages a general feeling of well-being
- 3 parts lemon balm
- 1 part lavender
- 1 part rose petals
- 1 part spearmint tea
- 1 part St. John’s wort
- 1 part marjoram
Combine the ingredients. Store the herbs in a glass jar so that you have them available when they are needed. To prepare the tea, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup. Pour hot water over herbs and allow this to stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups per day.
- 1 teaspoon tincture of St. John’s wort
- ½ teaspoon tincture of licorice
- ½ teaspoon tincture of ginseng
- ½ teaspoon tincture of lemon balm
- ½ teaspoon tincture of ashwaganda leaf (if available)
Combine ingredients. Take 1 dropperful 3 times a day.
These herbal mixtures can be used to help with depression – especially for those with mild to moderate depression. You can obtain the herbs that you need from the Health Products Site. If you have depression it is important that you seek professional help.