Updated: May 30
I am a big believer in natural remedies but I don't like to use the term 'alternative remedy', I'd rather use the phrase 'complementary remedy' as there is still firmly a place for Western medicine.
But natural herbs, oils, spices and various therapies such as light and colour have a significant positive effect on our psyche and mental well-being.
The following recommendations are taken from good sources listed below and my personal 2 favourites are light and of course a good spritz of Drama Queen!
Feel free to comment below with your fave mood boosting complimentary remedy
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.
Rose tea is actually my favourite and with a wee bit of honey it can taste like Turkish Delight!
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 30mg of dried extract of saffron is as powerful as 20mg 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 fragrance oil burner consists of 2 drops each of rose and lemon balm (melissa) oil and 3 drops of lavender oil.
Banish gloomy thoughts by slowly sipping a glass of milk with fennel and honey 30 minutes before going to bed.
Bring 2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds and 1 cup milk to boil, let it steep briefly, strain, and sweeten with honey.
Smell yourself better. A scented sachet of valerian, lavender, primrose, elder or hops placed under your pillow may help you sleep better.
Light can have a massive impact on mood: a bright, or ambient environment can lift your spirits.
The Danes are officially some of the 'happiest people in the world' and a common daily practice among them and the Finns is to light candles, even during the day.
Don't save it for a romantic dinner. Ambient lighting is proven to lift your spirits.
Get out your Christmas lights and put them up all year round, use them to lighten up dark corridors and corners for an instant mood lifting boost
I love to wrap mine around my banister. This way, as soon as I wake up, the stair area feels happier. An instant way to make a gloomy area look light.
I met the author at a book signing and listened to him during an interview and not only is he incredibly happy he is HOT!
Evidence is piling up that fish oil, which contains a type of fatty acid called EPA, can help chase the blues away.
Cut back on soda and soft drinks that contain caffeine. Some research links caffeine, which suppresses serotonin production, to depression.
Go away for a few days. A break from your routine and discovering someplace new will give you a boost.
Depression, which occurs just before menstruation, may be caused by a vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. Ensure that you have an adequate intake of vitamin C.
I can't leave this post without mentioning my NUMBER 1 FEEL GOOD REMEDY
My very own Drama Queen - not just because I made it but because it actually works - my customers are living proof that it does too, so don't just take my word for it!
Read more about the the inspiration behind the creation here
Natural Remedies for Healthy Living, The Readers Digest Association, 2011
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies - C. Norman Shealy 2002