Herbal Teas To Help Reduce Your Depression

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Herbal teas continue to be one of the most popular natural remedies for many conditions, including dry skin, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression.

“If you drink tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy,” says Toronto-based herbalist Marcia Dixon.

Healthy Herbal Teas

If you are drinking tea and treating depression with medication, it is important to know which teas are good for you and which ones are not. Learn which teas best in relieving certain symptoms of depression, including anxiety, insomnia, memory loss or bad mood.

  • Red raspberry leaf. This tea can be especially helpful when dealing with depression associated with the menstrual cycle. Red raspberry leaf has quercetin, a plant pigment that works as an antidepressant. Nutrients coming from the raspberry leaf tea include iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and vitamins B, C and E.
  • St. John’s wort. This herb is known to help with mild and moderate depression by helping the body produce serotonin, an antidepressant chemical substance in the body. People who suffer from depression have lower levels of serotonin in their bodies than those who don’t. Because this tea causes higher amounts of serotonin in the body, consult with your doctor if you are taking other antidepressants.
  • Chamomile. This popular herbal tea has long been used to soothe anxiety. The herb contains chrysin, which can reduce anxiety. It can also help with insomnia, which is a common depression symptom. Both types of chamomile, German and Roman, have ingredients that can decrease other symptoms such as irritability and insomnia.
  • Ginkgo biloba. One of top-selling herbs in the United States, Gingko biloba can help with cognitive function and memory loss. Improvement in memory can also lead to less anxiety. However, this herb is known to interact with some medications and it is important to consult with a doctor before mixing it with any antidepressants.

Choosing Wisely

It is important to look for herbal teas made from high-quality ingredients. When drinking tea on a regular basis for depression, steer clear of products that add things like oils or artificial flavors. Make sure to steep tea bags in water for as long as 10 to 15 minutes to maximize all of the herbs’ healthful properties.

Sources: Livestrong, Best Healthy Mag

 
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