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15 DIY Home Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Image – ShutterstockDepression is a medical illness which causes a feeling of sadness and it leads to a variety of emotional and physical problems. It is caused mainly by an imbalance of brain chemicals and other factors like anxiety, mental stress, deficiency of vitamin B complex, etc.
Deep sense of loss, disturbed sleep, overwhelming sadness, feel of dejection, not interested in anything, loss of appetite, mental unrest etc are some of the symptoms of depression. Don't worry about it as it is not a disease but a feeling which can be prevented with these remedies and tips.

Home Remedies for Depression:

Depression is a common emotional disorder which makes you feel hopeless and your life is filled with empty. To get rid of this depression, follow these home remedies which are natural without any side effects. Try all these remedies and follow the best one which suits you.

1 Cardamom Powder

Cardamom has an antidepressant quality which helps to reduce the depression. Take 3 – 4 cardamom seeds and crush them to make fine powder. Take 1/2 teaspoon of this crushed cardamom powder and add this to a glass of water and mix it well. Drinking this glass every day will helps to prevent the depression.

2 Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts contain selenium which helps to ease depression. So, have these nuts in your diet to reduce the depression and feel better. Other food which contains selenium are tuna, swordfish, oysters and sunflower seeds.

3 Garlic

Research done in Germany has found that garlic does not show affect on cholesterol but also helps to up lift your mood. So, try this garlic therapy whenever you feel down to prevent the depression.

4 St. John's Wort

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been used in treating the depression problem from many years around the world. Research suggests that St. John's wort will work better than a placebo and acts as effective antidepressants for mild and moderate depressions but not that much effective in treating the major depression problem. You get the full effective results when you take this for 4 – 6 weeks. It also have some side effects so try to take necessary precautions by consulting the specialist. It is available in the form of capsules, tablets, liquid extract or tea form at health food stores, drug stores and in online also. Bring it and try this to get rid of the depression.

5 Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry or Alma acts as antidepressant and helps to give relief from the depression. Take 4 – 5 Indian gooseberries and take out the seeds from it. Crush it to make paste. Then take 2 teaspoons of this juice and add 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg powder. Mix it well and drink this twice a day to get rid of the depression.

6 Milk and Cashew Nuts

Cashews contain tryptophan which acts as antidepressants & Milk also helps to prevent the depression. Take few cashews and crush them to make fine powder. Then take a teaspoon of this cashew nut powder and add this to a cup of warm milk. Mix it well and drink this every day to fend the depression.

7 Light Therapy

Light therapy is used to get rid of the seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression caused in some people during short and dark days of winter season. Light therapy means you have to sit near a bright light which mimics outdoor light.. It initially starts with 15 minutes and can be increased up to 2 hours a day. Light therapy is used in order to replicate exposure to sunlight. This therapy doesn't cure the depression but it helps to ease the symptoms.

8 Coffee

If you have the habit of drinking coffee in every morning than have it, as this makes you less irritable and helps you to feel better. Experts suggests that having a cup or two cups of coffee per day will indeed helps to ease mild depression. But make sure that not to overdo it as it leads to cause more anxiety and more depression.

9 Brahmi / Ashwagandha

These two are commonly available ayurvedic herbs used to treat depression. Take 2 tablespoons of either brahmi or ashwangandha powder and mix it well in a glass of water. Drink this twice a day to get rid of the depression.

10 5-HTP

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is produces naturally in our body and used to make neurotransmitter serotonin. So, take the supplement of 5 – HTP may boost body's serotonin levels. But make sure that it should not be combined with antidepressants.

11 Exercise

Exercise will works as antidepressants which helps to uplift your mood and makes you to get relief from the depression. Exercise particularly aerobic exercise, helps to release mood elevating chemicals in the brain and decrease stress hormones. Try to choose the exercise which you are interested in doing it like going to gym, playing any outdoor games, walking, gardening, dancing, etc. which helps you to boost up your mood and makes you feel better. So exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes to get rid this depression.

12 Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps to give relief from the depression. As the research suggests that the acupuncture relieves depression and makes you feel better. So, have an acupuncture therapy whenever you faced this depression in more. But make sure to select the correct practitioner while doing this acupuncture therapy.


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