Natural Treatments for Depression
Life is too short for sadness and pain.
Discover the reasons you are depressed and a handful of natural treatments for depression.
How do I know I am depressed? Signs and symptoms of depression
It happens to all of us sometimes to loose interest in our chores, even in things we like to do.
Our energy levels are low and we have poor concentration ability. We avoid our duties and seek refuge in sleep. Unfortunately, this sleep does not provide rest, and it is rather a state of laziness.
Rest assured - this is not you :). This state has a scientific explanation, and leads me to the question below.
Why do I get depressed? Causes for depression
Asthenia, hormonal problems (my husband nags me saying that women PMS last two weeks before and two after - well, he is a crying baby if you ask me :) ), post partum depression, something that bothers you, material problems, work related issues or conflicts with others.
A particular case is for those people who work indoors or don't get much sun light. It's been studied that lack of sunlight leads to depression, anxiety, agitation, reduces physical capacity, mental, intellectual. (N. E. Rosenthal - "Journal of the American Medical Association" 1999)
The biochemical cause of depression
Although this is still a controversial topic, there are studies showing that an imbalance in serotonin levels
(a neurotransmitter) may influence mood in a way that leads to depression.
Neurons interact with each other through chemicals called neurotransmitters. Various disturbances are caused either by under-production or over-production of neurotransmitters, or the fact that neurons don't have enough receptors for neurotransmitters.
Other causes are the inability of serotonin to reach the receptor sites, or a shortage in tryptophan, the chemical from which serotonin is made.
If any of these biochemical glitches occur, researchers believe it can lead to depression, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, anger and even excess.
Antidepressant drugs used in anxiety and depression treatments work in general by adjusting the levels of serotonin.
For women there are also several other factors that may cause serotonin levels to decrease. Menstruation, childbirth, menopause are events that occur in the life of any woman.
The decrease in estrogen levels that occur at these times leads to a drop in serotonin. Hence the psychological discomfort and states of depression and anxiety that women often complain.
See!? There is a scientific explanation you can give to your hubby :)
Discover below Paula's secret tip
and many other natural treatments for depression that will instantaneously light your day.
Complement your own will these natural treatments for depression.
What can I do? Five alternative treatments for depression
1. Positive attitude plays an important role. The best remedy against depression is our mind.
Convince yourself to get out of this state. Get involved in what's happening around you and stop feeling sorry for yourself.
2. Typically, a walk outdoors reinvigorates. The sun and the fresh air are natural treatments for depression.
Take the first step. Once you get the foot of the doorway, nature will take its course.
3. Try to do something that makes you happy. A bike ride usually does it for me, as well as a walk on the seashore. These activities put a smile on my face for quite a while.
Paula's secret tip
Here is a tip that works every time for me: Although I am not a big shopping fan, I will have a big grin on my face all day if my husband buys me something nice :)
4. Complement these simple steps with herbal remedies for depression:
- Chop a handful of fresh rosemary and put it a bottle of white wine.
- Let it stand for 4 days.
- Strain and drink with a teaspoon according to your needs.
It is delicious. How can you stay depressed when it tastes so good?
Antidepressant and herbal remedy against headaches:
- Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 3 teaspoons of dried flowers and leaves of primrose.
- Cover the infusion and let it stand for 15 minutes.
- Strain and sweeten.
- Drink it warm or hot.
5. Aromatherapy complements the natural treatments for depression.
It helps by relaxing the body and nervous system. Herb oils good for depression are floral oils from geranium, rose, jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, citrus oils - bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin.
* Take steam inhalations or have your significant other do a Pine Oil massage.
* Put compresses and poultices on the forehead, neck and spine with St. John's Wort tincture, Gingko biloba and Swedish Bitter.
* Massage with 2 drops of lavender oil and one drop of Chamomile oil in 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil or grape seed oil.
More herbal remedies for depression
Here are my Top 10 herbal remedies for depression.
Top 3 herbs for depreesion and anxiety
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