Many people have struggled with feelings of depression, feelings of general sadness, or intense sorrow and grief. Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their nutritive and holistic benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our mental health. Here are 23 natural substances which can help to optimize our biochemistry, neurotransmitters and address nutrient deficiencies.
Kava is safe and effective in treating anxiety disorders and depression.
L-tryptophan is as effective as imipramine in treating depression.
Saffron may be of therapeutic benefit in the treatment of mild to moderate depression and has similar efficacy as the drug imipramine.
St. John’s Wort is as effective as Selective Serotoin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) in the treatment of Depressive Disorder, with a greater safety rating.
St. John’s Wort’s cortisol reducing effect in brain may contribute to anti-depressive effect.
Blue-green algae improves quality of life, mood, anxiety and depressive attitude in menopausal women.
Rosemary exhibits antidepressant action probably through the monoaminergic system.
Valerian extract has anxiety-reducing and anti-depressant effects, but is not a sedative and does not interfere with muscle function.
Folate may have a therapeutic role in treating depressive symptoms.
Pat Robinson was in the medical industry for decades. She has invested over 10,000 hours learning about natural alternatives, reading hundreds and hundreds of medical research studies, and assisting thousands of people about holistic health issues. Pat is passionate about sharing the amazing power of the body to heal itself. Pat’s Farmacy focuses on wellness promotion through whole food nutrition, so that you can Heal Thyself!