Feeling Moody? Try These Herbs!
Written by: Brandi Monasco
And probably just downright irritated.
It happens to the best of us from time to time. We become so overwhelmed with the stresses of our daily lives that sometimes we just feel as though we could snap.
When you are irritated or in a bad mood, for any reason, sometimes it seems impossible to turn your mood around and to have a better day. If you suffer from occasional irritability or moodiness, there is hope for you – in the natural form!
Turn to these natural herbs the next time your mood needs a pick-me-up:
St. John’s Wort. This herb helps to promote a good and positive mood, which can also give you the feeling of control and stability. It has been found to be highly effective in helping depression.
St. John’s Wort boosts your brain’s level of serotonin, which is a chemical produced in your brain and acts as a mood stabilizer. When your levels of serotonin are low, you can experience depression and irritability. St. John’s Wort can also help those who suffer from low energy, fatigue and insomnia caused by depression.
To take St. John’s Wort, take 1 or 2 capsules twice a day.
Ginseng. This herb has many health benefits; improving your mood and reducing stress are just a few of them. Two studies, one performed by the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and the other done by the Division of Pharmacology at the Central Drug Research Institute, found that having a high dose of ginseng in your diet improved mental clarity and promoted calmness. The studies also proved that using ginseng can lower your stress.
You can find ginseng over the counter in extracts, liquids or pills. You can also make your own tea using fresh or powdered root. If you choose to use over the counter ginseng, you can take 500 milligrams twice a day.
Ginkgo Biloba. Ginkgo Biloba helps increase your concentration along with helping you fight against depression, anxiety and mood swings. Ginkgo works by improving blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Having poor blood flow to your brain can cause the symptoms of depression, low energy levels and anxiety.
Ginkgo Biloba also works in increasing your levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which will make you feel happier, calmer and can even help fight fatigue that comes along with depression.
You can find ginkgo biloba at your local pharmacy in the form of tablets, capsules, liquid extract or dried leaf. To increase your mental ability, you should take about 120 milligrams each day. To help with nervousness and anxiety, take 40 milligrams a day.
Do you have any experience with these herbs, or do you know of any others that are good for mood stability? Please share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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