Millions of people struggle every day with the symptoms of depression: low mood, low energy, sleep and appetite problems, feelings of emptiness, and low self-worth. Many antidepressants don’t work equally well for everyone, and can lead to negative side effects or even make symptoms worse. Because of problems with medications, many people seek out natural remedies for depression instead.
Our BRIGHT herbal tea program brings together the best herbal remedies for depression from around the world into convenient, flavorful natural blends that help boost your mood and improve depression symptoms. We’ve carefully selected and tested the most potent natural remedies for depression, using only natural ingredients. BRIGHT is a safe, natural approach to managing depression and anxiety, without any potentially dangerous side effects.
4 Effective Herbal Remedies for Depression
Many plants produce biochemical compounds with positive effects on the brain areas that regulate your mood, making them useful as natural remedies for depression and anxiety. Many herbal remedies for depression function in similar ways to prescription drugs for depression and anxiety, but they tend to come without any serious side effects.
Here are some of the most effective natural herbal remedies for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders:
- St. John’s Wort. In many areas of the world, St. John’s Wort is commonly prescribed for milder forms of major depressive disorder. This small flowering plant has a very minimal side effect profile, despite working in similar ways to SSRI medications. Compounds in St. John’s Wort help increase the supply of serotonin in the brain, regulating mood and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Unlike pharmaceutical SSRIs, St. John’s Wort doesn’t produce unwanted side effects. However, it should never be combined with other SSRIs, which can be dangerous.
- Saffron. Saffron, a culinary spice and the source of colorful orange-red dyes, is a longstanding folk medicine in many areas of the world. Recently, people have discovered that saffron can have a significant effect in reducing depression symptoms. This may be because compounds in saffron, which have yet to be fully investigated by scientists, help modulate serotonin activity in the brain.
- Passionflower. Passiflora incarnata, also known as “maypop,” is a North American passionflower species with anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Passionflower contains harmol, harmaline, and harmalol. These compounds, also found in Syrian rue, act as MAOI inhibitors that help prevent the brain from breaking down neurotransmitters too quickly. Unlike pharmaceutical MAOIs, which are rarely prescribed anymore because of their serious side effects, passionflower doesn’t generally produce any negative or dangerous effects.
- Valerian root. Although some people with depression feel tired all the time and sleep too much, it’s equally common for depression to cause insomnia and poor quality sleep. Valerian root contains compounds that interact with the brain’s GABA receptors, similar to many benzodiazepines. These compounds make valerian root one of the useful herbal remedies for depression and anxiety.
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Our BRIGHT herbal tea program is based on the intersection of scientific investigation and traditional medicine. We’ve found the best herbal ingredients to fight depression and reduce anxiety, combining them into customized blended recipes for soothing, flavorful herbal teas. Start feeling better today: visit our store to try BRIGHT for yourself.