Depression is a medical illness caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, and it is characterized by chronic sadness, anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, and a general lack of interest in life.While there are prescription medications that can mitigate these symptoms, they are pricey and they come with extreme side effects. You’re about to learn how to treat the symptoms of depression using natural, affordable, effective home remedies. Let’s get started.
Remedies for Depression:
Cardamom is a natural anti-depressant.
- Crush 4 cardamom seeds into powder.
- Add ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of water.
- Drink daily.
2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts contain selenium, which is a natural anti-depressant. Eat them regularly, along with other foods that contain selenium, like tuna, swordfish, oysters and sunflower seeds.
German researchers have found that garlic lifts the mood. Eat it regularly.
4. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry is a natural anti-depressant.
- Crush 5 Indian Gooseberries and remove the seeds.
- Mix crushed and de-seeded berries with ½ teaspoon of nutmeg to form a paste.
- Eat this twice a day to get rid of depression.
Cashews contain tryptophan, which is a natural anti-depressant. Eat cashews regularly.
- Use a blender to grind them into powder.
- Stir a teaspoon of the powder into a cup of warm milk.
- Drink everyday.
6. Light Therapy
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression experienced by those who live in areas where it is dark for nearly 24 hours a day during the winter. Light therapy simply means exposing oneself to light that replicates sunlight for 15 minutes to an hour every day. This therapy doesn’t cure the depression but it helps to ease the symptoms.
Coffee can lift the mood when consumed in moderate amounts. Don’t drink more than 2 cups a day as this may worsen anxiety.
Acupuncture has been shown to relieve depression. Find a trained and licensed practitioner in your area and visit her regularly.
9. Brahmi or Ashwangandha
These two Ayurveda herbs relieve depression. Twice a day, mix 2 tablespoons of brahmi or ashwangandha powder into a glass of water and drink it twice a day.
Regular exercise improves the mood and your general health. Choose a form of exercise they actually interests you and you’ll be more likely to do it regularly. Is there a sport you’ve always loved? Have you always wanted to be a dancer or a gymnast? Now’s the time to try it!