Thanks for the warm welcome! Keep up the herb gardening Sallyanne, for that is one aid for your depression. Sometimes just being in the garden and spending time with the plants can uplift a depressed spirit. What kind of depression do you have? Is it mild, like a melancholy feeling or moderate, meaning that you have lost interest in the things you used to enjoy and/or are dwelling on failures a lot? Or are you suicidal? What kind of prescription and over the counter drugs are you on? Is Anxiety a big part of your depression? Has it affected your activity level? Without knowing you and your health better, I would NOT recommend St.Johns' Wort. It is the most contraindicated plant I know of and does not mix well with other meds or even many herbs. For a mild, non-suicidal type depression I would recommend the following, which can be found at any local health food store or in the natural section of your grocery store or perhaps even in your garden:
Lemon Balm, as it is mild and uplifting. Take in tea, capsules or tinctures once or twice daily, or as directed by manufacturer.
Lavender, relaxing and nourishing to the nervous system it is not only uplifting but reduces stress and anxiety and often promotes restful sleep. Drink tea or try the essential oil and use when needed.
Borage, known to uplift the spirit and give courage! Drink in tea or take capsules as directed. The flowers are edible and delicious in salads and a great way to treat depression during growing season!
Kava Kava, alleviates anxiety that accompanys depression. A typical daily dosage is to take up to 6 400-500 milligram capsules per day, or 15 to 30 drops of tincture per day.
Catnip, my favorite anxiety reliever because it clears your mind of the negative and calms you and frees your mind for more positive thoughts. Take as tea, in tinctures or capsules. I use it for my depression and it helps me immensely.
Licorice, excellent for depression and for the adrenals which become depleted during times of depression. Take in tea, capsule or tincture.
Oats, believe it or not! Take in tea form or, if you like oatmeal, eat a bowl every day.
If you have severe anxiety and/or panic attacks I would recommend Passionflower, Skullcap, Valerian and others. I hope I have not confused you but I don't know enough about your type or duration of depression to make thorough recommendations. Please feel free to contact me again with additional information or better yet, if you are more than just mildly depressed, seek professional help. I wish you luck and joy!
Edited by: GUNNSGIRL91303 at: 3/31/2010 (13:36)
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