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Herbal Remedies to Cure Holiday Blues

Updated on December 1, 2010

Cure Holiday Blues with Herbs

If you know that you're going to have a little stress and anxiety during the holiday season, and you know that you're prone to feeling a little down, then it's a good thing to prepare ahead of time.

It's best to find an all natural treatment that you can take, starting at least 6 weeks ahead of schedule. You want to make sure that the herbs are in your system and working when you need them to be.

You don't want to get flushed at the last second with depression and anxiety because you didn't start the natural remedy early enough.

When taking a natural supplement or an herbal remedy, you want to verify with your doctor that the supplement isn't going to counteract any current prescriptions or conflict with any current illnesses or concerns, as even though they may be natural, there are some herbs that may cause conflict with current medications or illnesses.

  • St. John's Wort- has always been the dream remedy for depression
  • SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine)- works to increase levels of brain chemicals to improve deficits and improve mood
  • 5-HTP ( 5-Hydroxytryptophan)- works as a strong neurotransmitter to target symptoms caused by low sseratonin, causing changes in sleep patterns, depression, etc.
  • Ginkgo Biloba- has worked on those who suffer reduced blood flow to the brain, which may cause depression; this powerful anti-depressant and antioxidant increase blood flow to the body, improve circulation, increase memory, etc.
  • Siberian Ginsend- improves the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can help the body adapt to stress and anxiety.

Other natural remedies can include drinking Oatstraw Tea throughout the day to help relieve depression symptoms or taking Ashwagandha 2-3 times a day to help improve hormone imbalances.

The nice thing about natural treatments is that they generally have fewer side effects than prescription medications and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor so that you can determine your diagnosis and the best treatment.


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    • Mokibobolink profile image

      Mokibobolink 7 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub, very useful and I plan on getting some of those herbs the next time I'm out shopping.

    • richtwf profile image

      richtwf 7 years ago

      Useful hub and thanks for sharing. Learnt a few useful things from this short article.