Natural remedies for Depression
Depression is an illness, and should not be confused for an occasional sadness or an emotional weakness! According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 25 million Americans are affected every year by Depression. It is also reported that it affects 70% more in women than men.
Depression could be seasonal or ongoing, with factors ranging from biological imbalances, inherited traits to unfortunate life situations. Depression is a medical condition that comes out as long bouts of sadness, loss of interest and despair.
Common Symptoms of Depression
The following may be considered as the classic symptoms of Depression
- Persisting sadness and emptiness
- Poor concentration
- Loss of interest
- Low energy
- Restlessness or irritability
- Loss of Appetite
- Excessive guilt
- Negative thoughts of suicide
There is a wide range of research available today on Depression, compared to the past. Research combined with proper diagnosis often gives place to an effective cure. Other than psychotherapy and counseling, there are medications and anti-depressants available to treat depression.
Natural Remedies for Depression
- 1. Inhaling floral oils such as rose, jasmine, neroli, Melissa and ylang ylang are great mood enhancers.
- 2. Citrus oils such as grape fruit, lime, mandarin, and bergamot has great benefits to uplift the mood. Choosing the one that appeal to you is important; if you have had a bad association with a specific fragrance, it would be the best to avoid it.
- 3. As per Ayurveda, rubbing your scalp and the soles of the feet with sesame oil for 5 min., before having a shower could be beneficial. Using coconut oil or sunflower oil is also beneficial.
- 4. Drinking ginger tea or gingko tea helps to embalm your senses and uplift the mood.
- 5. Food has an impact on one’s body, mind and spirit. Eliminating the sugars, processed foods, caffeine and alcohol is essential, because these foods may worsen one’s depression says Dr. David Edelberg, M.D., Medical Director of American Holistic center, Chicago. He recommends the supplement - St. John’s Wort to uplift the mood.
- 6. Other remedies include:
- a) Meditation- where you follow a routine of sitting down every day to relax at least for 20 min. Hold on to a mantra or a hymn to draw inner strength from your faith.
- b) Sound therapy with relaxing music and water fountains. Listen to the lilting sounds of the water and allow the serene sounds to wash your senses away.
- c) Image therapy to reinforce positive symbols may also be beneficial.
- d) Watching colorful fish swimming in the fish tank is supposed to calm the senses and bring peace to the mind. A fish tank according to Feng shui combines the water element with the earth element in the form of pebbles and the fire element in the form of flamboyant bright colors of the fish.
An occasional Depression may even be considered a catharsis to cleanse one’s emotions. But if it continues to persist, you may need to attack it from different levels. Take the first step and know that you are fully worth fighting for! If you don’t fight for you, who else will?