9 Herbs that Boost Mood and Combat Depression

Aug 29, 2014

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    Herbs for Depression

    Depression is a condition that afflicts millions. There are several antidepressant drugs for treatment as well as healing. Besides, there are a number of herbal alternatives to the over-the-counter medicines that have been proven to help combat depression. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Holy Basil (Tulsi)

    Holy basil is a highly regarded herb in traditional Indian medicine. This herb is known to promote general health, well-being and longevity. Holy basil is an effective remedy for those ailing from generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Studies have shown that the herb reduces cortisol, lowers adrenal gland hypertrophy and normalizes stress-induced hyperglycemia in rodents. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Asian Ginseng

    Also referred to as panax ginseng, this herb is used to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, and can also be used as an anti-depressant. It is promoted for the treatment or prevention of anxiety and depression. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Fennel (Saunf)

    Fennel is not only used to flavour food and candy, but it can also be used to relieve gastrointestinal issues that are related to anxiety. It can also be made into tea to relieve stress. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Licorice Root (Mulhati)

    Licorice root can help the body handle stressful situations owing to the presence of a natural hormone alternative to cortisone. The herb normalizes blood sugar levels as well as adrenal glands and provides energy to cope with stress. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Indian Ginseng (Ashwagandha)

    Ashwagandha is acknowledged for its purported health benefits. The herb contains a substance that helps the body resist stress and maintain homeostasis. Besides its stress-reducing effect, ashwagandha improves or mitigates other stress triggers. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Passion flower

    Passion flower is an effective remedy for depression. This herb acts as a mild sedative and treats anxiety, insomnia and nervousness. It can also be dried and steeped to make tea. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Lavender is quite a powerful herb; it helps get rid of irritability, anxiety and promotes relaxation. The herb gives a sense of calm to those in stressful situations. Moreover, lavender is a powerful anti-bacterial agent that balances hormones and stimulates the immune system. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Chamomile is a mild sedative that can help calm frayed nerves. A study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School led to significant improvements compared with placebos and improved mood. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Kava Kava

    Kava Kava is a powerful herb that relaxes muscles and acts as an analgesic to treat depression and anxiety-associated conditions. (Image source:Gettyimages)