Home remedies for depression can help!
Home remedies for depression
can get you feeling better.
The number one mental disorder in
many parts of the world is depression. While many who suffer
this illness are too ashamed to seek help, it is something that can be
It affects some of the greatest thinkers and successful people on
the planet so it is not something to be ashamed of. If you are affected
with depression you are not alone, as some of the greatest leaders,
scientist and artist to have ever lived have been affected as well. If
this has gone on more than a couple of weeks you should seek immediate
The authors of this site are not
doctors and have no training in the medical industry. We believe the
natural remedies offered here are safe and effective, but they are
offered as our opinions and for informational purposes only. We do not
diagnose, treat or cure disease or illness of any kind.
Depression can be brought on by a number of factors. The loss of a
loved one, the foods we eat, environmental toxins, lack of enough
sunlight, chronic stress and lack of exercise among others.
From food for mood to meditation for mental clarity and exercise
to spiritual enlightenment.... the following natural remedies are worth
- Home remedies for depression #1: Caffeine can stimulate
us, but if we are heavy drinkers of caffeinated drinks it can have the
opposite affect. If you want to have some caffeine throughout the day
switch to green tea. It has half the amount of coffee and comes packed
with nutritional benefits.
- Home remedies for depression #2: Chocolate Lovers take
heed. Eating dark, bitter chocolate if not over done can elevate mood.
The sugary kind or milk chocolate will have the opposite effect.
- Home remedies for depression #3: Start including more cold water fish
as part of your weekly meal planning. Salmon, sardines and mackeral are
some of the fish from the sea that have the highest amounts of omega
3`s which studies have shown to be effective in lifting mood.
- Home remedies for depression #4: Herbal
treatment can be very useful against depression. Lemon balm helps
calm physical tension. Skullcap can help ease a panic attack and St
Johns Wort can help ease mental or emotional stress or sadness. These
can each be taken as an infusion 3 - 4 times a day, but use only the
one that is most suited for your particular situation. Be sure to talk
to your herbalist or health care practitioner about the proper use of
these herbs. If under a doctors care be sure to speak to him or her
before using, especially if on any medications.
- Home remedies for depression #5: Bask in the sun for a
little while. Those who are in regions that have less sunlight have
been shown in studies to suffer more depression then those living in
regions with more sunlight. If your region has less sunlight or if
seasonal changes make extended periods of less sunlight consider a
light box. Most indoor lights are not strong enough, but these special
light boxes can give enough light energy to be useful. Be sure to turn
off the lights at night though because those who leave on lights at
night, (even ordinary lights and clocks have an effect), have been
shown to have lower levels of serotonin.
- Home remedies for depression #6: Many of us in the industrialized
world get far too little sleep. Study after study shows that we need a
minimum of six to nine hours sleep with most needing 7 - 8 hours to be
at our best. Take the time to get enough sleep or you will suffer
consequences one of which may be depression.
- Home remedies for depression #7: Deep
breathing is one of the most important daily practices you can do,
not only for depression, but for many health related issues. Most of us
today breath short, shallow breaths which makes the body believe it is
in a state of panic which eventually produces that very feeling. Doing
daily deep breathing will help restore many functions of the body to a
more balanced state. Many also breath in through there mouth. Clinical
studies have shown that breathing in through the nose and out through
the mouth can raise mood and levels of serotonin which is the bodies
natural mood lifter. Taking time each day to focus on your breath will
allow you to do deep belly breathing which will further enhance the
- Home remedies for depression #8: Low levels of folic acid
and selenium have also been linked to many suffering extended
bouts of sadness and depression. One study found that by adding foods
high in these nutrients significantly raised moods. 1/2 to 1 cup of
spinach along with other dark greens are good sources of folic acid.
And fish such as Tuna are good sources of selenium.
- Home remedies for depression #9: There is no escaping it.... spiritual
faith matters for a balanced, health body, mind and spirit. One of
the best natural remedies you can do for depression and over all mental
and physical health is to find and actively practice a spiritual faith
of your choosing. There are as many religions and spiritual pursuits as
there are cultures and languages. There is one you will feel
- Home remedies for depression #10: Exercise! For those who
do it... they already know it`s effect on mood and well-being, but for
those who don`t... this is a four letter word. You don`t have to train
to run the marathon. Learning some basic yoga or taking a 30 minute
brisk walk can be all it takes to get you going mentally and
physically. If you chose walking be sure to do it at a slightly faster
pace then normal. Going for a casual stroll on a beautiful day is great
as it connects you with nature and creation, but for exercise you need
a little extra in you steps. Don`t over do it and if you are under a
doctors care be sure to talk to him or her before starting any exercise
- Home remedies for depression #11: Hijiki is a common
seaweed eaten in Japan and has long been known to promote mental and
emotional well-being. It`s health producing effects are enhanced if you
eat it with other foods high in vitamin C which aids the absorption of
some of the important nutrients in this seaweed.
- Home remedies for depression #12: Daily meditation along
with visualization can go a long way to improving mental
health. Meditation teaches you to focus the mind. Like any muscle, when
exercised it not only makes it stronger, but it also gives you more
control over it. Visualization is also an important remedy.
Often we think the Placebo
effect is some kind of foolishness. But thinking positive and
believing in the treatment is as important part of healing as any
medicine or procedure that you do. Every study that has ever been done
whether with drugs, placebo or with natural sources of healing the mind
has played a significant part in the healing process.
Enhance that effect by making the deliberate effort of
visualizing and imagining the outcome you want to happen.
Illness is an imbalance in
body, mind and spirit. Eat more fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, fish and sea vegetation. Meditate, do daily
deep breathing and actively practice a spiritual faith of your choosing.