Sayer Ji is an extraordinary individual who has spent the past decade distilling the data from hundreds of thousands of natural medicine studies into a roadmap for treating the major health challenges of our time. Sayer Ji, the founder of GreenMedInfo along with the respected naturopath, Pamela Duff investigated herbs that are vital to your survival as a species.
Here are some from their list of herbs with anti-depressant properties:
B-complex, especially B12 and B9 improve the effects of antidepressants since B vitamins are used as co-factors in the manufacture of such necessary neurotransmitters as serotonin and dopamine. (see Appendix for a list of B vitamins according to name and number).
Blue-green algae improve mood and decreases depression.
Curcumin, alone or with Piperine (found in black pepper), has anti-depressant qualities that have the same effect as the drugs imipramine and fluoxetine.
Ginseng root has been used for thousands of years to correct problems in the body, including depression.
Goji berries/Wolfberry improves the sense of well-being.
Kava is a safe antidepressant herb.
Lavender is an herb long-used for its calming effects but it may have some antidepressant qualities as well.
Nutmeg is a food spice that has some anti-depressant effects.
Onions have anti-depressant effects.
Pomegranates improve mood and bone quality in postmenopausal women.
Probiotics help with depression because they repair a damaged digestive tract thereby increasing the absorption of nutrients.
Rosemary is an herb that is calming with mild anti-depressant effects.
John’s Wort is a safe alternative to SSRIs but should never be taken with other antidepressants.
Saffron, a food spice, can be as effective as fluoxetine as an anti-depressant.
Sesame oil has several health benefits including a calming effect during depression.
Valerian reduces anxiety and depression but since it is also a sleep aid, caution is advised as to when it is taken.