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Mild depression can often be treated successfully using these simple, natural techniques


  • Have a cup of tea, (hops, valerian and powdered liquorice) helps to stabilize mood

  • Ylang Ylang, lavender, clary sage and chamomile teas are sedative and can calm depression.

  • St. John’s Wort, from the time of the Greeks through to middle Ages, has been known for its “magical” powers for healing. Modern research backs up that contention; short-term studies suggest it can be as effective as many antidepressants for treating mild depression, thanks to the hypericin contained, which releases the antidepressant effect after regular usage over an extended period.

  • Saffron is a surprisingly powerful treatment for depression. Just 30 mg of dried extract of saffron is as powerful as 20 mg of the antidepressant drug Prozac, but without the side-effects of Prozac (bad side effects of SSRI drugs like Prozac occasionally include: increased depression and suicidal ideation.

  • Exercise can help people recover from depression and prevent them from becoming depressed in the first place, because it can give back control of their bodies and this is often the first step to feeling in control of other events.

  • Essential oils ease the blues: a tried-and-true mixture for the