The Happy Life: Beat the Blues with These 10 Natural Mood Lifting Herbs
Sometimes, for no particular reason, you found yourself lack of energy, sadness, low mood, and an inability to enjoy life. Maybe this wasn’t serious enough to be treated as depression, but you need a boost too. Good news, several herbs can help.
Here are some great herbs can be used to your advantage to help control mood swings:
1-St. John’s Wort: A well-known mood enhancer, it can be taken as a tea or a tincture and has been proven to relieve sadness and melancholy. St. John’s Wort can help you sleep better too, which dramatically affects mood. St. John’s Wort is not without some side effects, but it’s safe for most people.
2-Milk Thistle: Taken as a tea or in capsules, milk thistle has long been used as a remedy for depression. Bonus quality: it’s great for cleansing the liver, and toxins in your body can definitely affect your mood.
3-Lavender: Used to soothe the nervous system, a whiff of lavender can relieve depression, headaches, insomnia and stress. Keep a lavender sachet under your pillow, and a spritzer around the house to lift your spirits as needed.
4-Ylang-Ylang: This potent flowery scent is used to treat depression and anxiety. Blend a few drops into your favorite body lotion, or just keep a small bottle around to smell throughout the day.
5-Rose: The aromatherapeutic qualities of rose oil will enhance your mood and relieve mental fatigue. Plus the aphrodisiac qualities can give you a nice boost, since much of our energy (Chi or Prana) is based in our sexual centers.
6-Ginseng: Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng is a stimulating herb known to increase energy levels and general vitality. It is also known to increase focus and improve your emotional state.
7-Gingko Biloba: Although gingko is not traditionally thought of as a remedy for depression, it is commonly used to bring about mental energy and clarity. When you find yourself wrapped up in a mental fog, this stuff can help you see out of it.
8-Valerian: If you’ve got insomnia and anxiety, valerian’s sedative qualities can help. It’s absolutely necessary to sleep well if you want to maintain a better mood. I enjoy it as a tea, but some are put off by its potent scent.
9-Kava Kava: It is said to calm the central nervous system, providing an overall sense of relaxation and relief to the body. It may even help reduce stress and anxiety in other ways.
10-Rhodiola Rosea: Traditionally used in Siberia to help deal with the harsh life and climate, rhodiola may be helpful to you too. This herb increases mental sharpness and reduces physical and mental fatigue, while reducing depression and anxiety.
These herbs can assist you to beat the blues and emotional distress, while you have to look at your diet too. Some things have a tendency to throw your whole outlook off balance, such as caffeine, alcohol, highly processed foods and artificial sweeteners. So eat a diet of organic foods, this is important to lift your energy and fight the blues too.