In winter, we are often feeling down, we have no energy to act, we would like to fall into the winter sleep and wake up in the spring. We often say “I don’t want to do anything”, “I don’t have energy at all.” Periods of periodic fall in mood probably happen to everyone, but instead of giving in to depression, let’s reach for natural and safe ways to fight back!
Bad mood may be the result of chronic stress, constant fatigue or even a long-term lack of sun. These depressed moods can be combated naturally, so how can you cope with chronic depression in a safe and healthy way? The best solution will be natural herbs that have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the nervous system, have a calming, adaptogenic and mood-improving effect. Below you will find antidepressant herbs, calming herbs and herbs for a bad mood.
Rhodiola Rosea – herbs for adding energy and vitality
The mountain rosary is a plant classified as a group of adaptogenic herbs. What does it mean? The rosary increases adaptability, resistance to stress also has a positive effect on physical performance and mental endurance, improves mood, improves immunity, relieves fatigue and allows you to work more efficiently under stress. The rosary is also known under the names arctic root or Rhodiola Rosea. It is a small plant preferring a cool climate.
The rosary is one of the better studied medicinal plants, numerous studies have been carried out, which showed, among others that the rosary affects the feeling of stress by affecting the levels of serotonin (colloquially called the hormone of happiness) and noradrenaline. It has also been found that taking rosacea extracts has a positive effect on brain function – it improves cognitive functions, remembering, also with reduced rest time. Arctic root is most effective when taken in the form of dietary supplements.
Lemon balm – to improve your mood
Lemon balm has primarily calming effects, it is also an excellent remedy for improving memory and concentration. Lemon balm is recommended for excessive nervous tension, stress, fatigue and insomnia. So, lemon balm tea will be perfect after a hard, exhausting day – it will reduce anxiety, soothe your nerves and make it easier to fall asleep.
An infusion prepared from express bags is not very effective – the main active substances are oils that evaporate during the grinding of the raw material. So you have to pay attention that the lemon balm we buy have an intense lemon scent.
St. John’s Wort – a natural way to depression
St. John’s wort is an effective way to improve depression therapy, its effectiveness has been confirmed by numerous studies. But beware – St. John’s wort, to work on improving mood, must be taken in the form of tincture, which can be prepared from dried or fresh herbs. The effectiveness of St. John’s wort is comparable to synthetic drugs, whereas St. John’s wort extracts do not cause the side effects characteristic of synthetic drugs.
Contained in the extract of St. John’s Wort hypericin increases the level of serotonin. St. John’s wort increases stress resistance, improves mood, has a calming effect. People who take St. John’s wort extracts often say that it “brings the will to live.” Dried St. John’s wort root can also be used to treat other ailments – it improves metabolism and has a positive effect on liver functions and digestive tract functions.