Mood

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Mood:

  • Horney Goat Weed
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Valerian

Natural Cures and Remedies for Mood

Rose (see page 85), damiana (see page 139), vervain (see page 55): these herbs are gentle mood improvers.

A low mood can be lifted with many herbs, but severe depression needs help from a health professional. If you try the measures below, either singly or in combination, and you do not get results within six weeks, seek advice from a herbalist or your GP. Depression is a complex disease and often herbs other than antidepressant ones are required. For instance, if your depression is related to your periods you may need herbs to balance your hormones, or if you feel down after having flu you will need herbs that boost your immune system.

Horney Goat Weed, St. Johns Wort, Valerian

Is carbohydrate craving during the premenstrual phase another instance of self-medication? Of all the neurotransmitters studied to date, Serotonin appears to be the most important in the development of PMS. Indeed, PMS shares many of the features of other mood and anxiety disorders.

As one might expect, depression can present itself as a feeling of sadness or as “I’m just having the blues.” In fact, sadness may not be the most obvious or dominant feeling of a depressed person. Depression can also begin as a numb or empty feeling, or perhaps as an unawareness of feeling. A depressed person may experience a noticeable loss in his or her ability to feel pleasure from anything. Psychiatrists tend to view depression as an illness that causes people to experience a marked change in mood and in the way they view themselves and the world around them. Depression as a significant disorder ranges from that of short duration, to long-term and mild, to very severe and, at worst, life-threatening. Depressive disorders come in different forms, just like other illnesses. The three most prevalent types are major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder.

The menopause can bring an array of health problems: hot flushes, mood swings, low libido, discomfort during sex and joint aches. Each woman will have an individual set of symptoms that will vary in severity. And each woman will need an individual prescription, which may need to be adjusted as the symptoms improve. Therefore the two prescriptions here will suit only a proportion of women and should be customised to treat your unique set of symptoms.

Depression involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It is all encompassing. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and how you think about others. A depressive disorder is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. Those suffering from depression can’t just “pull themselves together” and get better. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help over 80% of those who suffer from depression.