Natural cures for depression succeed largely because they “dig deep” for the actual source of the problem and then try to “uproot it.”
As outlined in the article, “Natural Causes of Depression,” some of the most common causes of depression are lack of sleep, lack of B vitamins in the diet, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise and poor spiritual health.
Natural methods can be used to address these problems. In general, one can say that there are eight steps to curing depression naturally.
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1- Sleep more and drink more water. In my personal experiences with clients, I am amazed how often this simple therapy will cure almost anything. Most of the time I find people do not even need to go further than this step.
In “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,” Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD, describes how chronic dehydration can cause numerous diseases by crippling the “transportation system” of important enzymes and hormones.
When these enzymes and hormones cannot reach the organs they need to reach, many diseases result. When these nutrients cannot reach the brain, depression and other mental disorders result.
In one of his studies, there was a 30% improvement in Alzheimer’s patients after adding just three extra glasses of water a day to their diet. Many people find that, by sleeping eight hours and drinking eight glasses of water a day, their depression is alleviated.
2- Break the cycle. Sometimes taking a medication or an herb or even using aromatherapy can provide a catalyst to a lasting solution.
Essential Oils commonly used in depression are: clary sage, lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, rose, neroli, geranium, and lemon. In The Fragrant Mind, Valerie Ann Worwood offers a list of formulas for mixing combinations of oils for everything from weepy to hysterical depression.
Some of these oils are even internationally famous for their effects – Bergamot essential oil is in real Earl Grey Tea and Sandalwood is used in Sudanese marriage ceremonies to assure a happy bride! The herb, myrrh, can be burned, or a half-teaspoon of powdered myrrh can be added to a glass of boiled water and drank (once cooled) twice a day to chase away depression.
Borage is the herb used by Native Americans to treat depression caused by a loss “when the heart is weeping with sorrow.” Lemon balm, linden (lime blossom), basil, skullcap, St. John’s Wort, and aloe vera are also effective herbs for depression. Bach Flower Remedies can also be used for depression. The most common ones are gorse (for hopelessness), willow (for bitter resentment), and sweet chestnut (for deep despair).
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