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Herbs & Depression

Depression has a number of causes and exhibits itself in many different ways.

SYMPTOMS low spirits for a few Like the causes, the symptoms vary in kind and in intensity, from feeling in days to feelings of intense despair that continue for a prolonged period. Sleeplessness is common, as is apathy fatigue, lack of confidence, and manifestations of physical illness.

Counselling, or talking about your feelings can often help mild depression

HERBALISM
Damiana leaf is a stimulant for the nervous system. Take as a tea or tincture.

Marigold flowers are helpful in depression that occurs during the menopause.

Skullcap can be helpful for postexam depression. Take vervain tea or tincture for chronic nervous depression.


FLOWER ESSENCES
Take Gorse for feelings of helplessness.

Mustard is useful in cases of deep depression, melancholy, and sadness.


AROMATNERAPY
Bergamot oil is uplifting and Jasmine increases self-confidence, the lack of which may be at east partly responsible for the depressed state.

Melissa has healing powers and may be helpful.


FROM THE KITCHEN
In mild cases, oats. Which contain thiamine and pantothenic acid, are a gentle tonic for the nerves; they are available in capsule form.

Supplements of vitamin
B complex and zinc may also be beneficial.

Food containing the amino acids phenylalanine. Tryptophan, and tyrosine, such as turkey, can supply help to ease symptoms.


SELF-HELP
Take care of yourself.

Gentle exercise and relaxing baths should promote a feeling of well being. You may find it helpful to seek counselling, which allows you to talk about your feelings.