Herbs for depression are safe and effective. There is a growing body of evidence to support herbal medicine for the treatment of depression. Herbal medicine in Ireland is self regulated. I am a member of the Irish Association of Master Medical Herbalists (IAMMH). I have extensive experience working in the field of addiction and depression. I have seen first hand the failure of anti depressants in the treatment of depression. Anti depressants have side effects, and many are prescribed multiple medications for depression, anxiety, insomnia and addiction. I believe firmly in the power of natural treatments and herbal medicines for the treatment of a range of psychological conditions including herbs for depression.

 

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh has sedative properties and is very effective fro irritability and anxiety states. Acts as a hormone stabiliser and good for emotional traumas associated with depression.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo relieves depression especially in the elderly and those with heart disease associated with poor circulation. Ginkgo increases the circulation of nutrients and oxygen to the brain, increases focus and memory.

Ginseng

Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that balances the body’s response to stress and is involved in the maintenance of neurotransmitters involved in depression. Increases stamina, energy levels, concentration and immune response.

Gotu Kola

Another adaptogen herb that ponies and revitalises the body increasing overall mental functioning, memory and concentration. Goto Kola soothes and calms the mind.

Kava Kava

Kava kava relaxes and calms the mind without producing the hangover or sedation. Useful to decrease pain and muscle spasms, and is excellent for insomnia.

Lavender

Relaxes the entire nervous system, lifting depression and mood. Soothes and clams anxiety, irritability and tension headache. Helps with digestion and bloating.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is an effective herb in the treatment of depression and in lifting low mood. Improves associated feelings of anxiety or panic, heart palpitations.

Rosemary

Useful in mild to moderate depression, with exhaustion. Assists recovery from long term stress and illness. Improves focus and memory.

Schisandra

Provides nervous system rejuvenate, improves mental sharpness, relives depression, irritability and insomnia. Improves memory, concentration and sexual stamina.

Skullcap

A great herb for depression in people who think too much, like me! Tones and nourishes the nervous system. Used in serious mental exhaustion, depression and the effects of over work.

St John’s Wort

Improves mood, ability to function and decreases feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and exhaustion. Helps to relive insomnia.

Valerian

Effective for depression with associated anxiety, panic attacks and pain. Relaxes spastic muscles, tremors, excitably and heart palpitations.

 

Sources:

Herbal Remedies by Asa Hershoff and Andrea Rotelli

Ayurveda and the Mind by David Frawley

Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman

30 Herbs for better mental health