Home Remedies for Depression
Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of depression. The most important of these is the use of apple. The various chemical substances present in this fruit, such as Vitamin Bl, phosphorus and potassium help the synthesis of glutamic acid, which controls the wear and tear of nerve cells. At least one fruit should be eaten daily with milk and honey. This will act as a very effective nerve tonic and recharge the nerves with new energy and life. The cashew nut is another valuable remedy for general depression and nervous weakness. It is rich in vitamins of B group, especially thiamine and therefore useful in stimulating appetite and nervous system. It is also rich in riboflavin which keeps the body active, gay and energetic.
The use of root of asparagus has been found beneficial in the treatment of depression. It is highly nutritious and is used as a herbal medicine for mental disorders. I t is a good tonic for the brain and nerves. Cardamom has proved useful in depression. Powdered seeds should be boiled in water and tea prepared in the usual way. It gives a very pleasing aroma to tea which can be used as a medicine in the treatment of this condition.
The herb lemon balm has been used successfully in the treatment of mental depression. It assists brain fatigue, lifts the heart from depression and raises the spirits. A cold infusion of the balm taken freely is reputed to be excellent for its calming influence on the nerves. About 30 grams of the herb should be placed in half a litre of cold water and allowed to stand for 12 hours. The infusion should then be strained and taken in small doses throughout the day. Roses have also been found useful in depression. An infusion of rose petals should be used occasionally, instead of the usual tea and coffee for treating this condition.