“Once you have identified the root cause of the depression, you should see if you can address it.”

This may involve counselling, the use of psycho-therapies, meditation, prayer, exercise and reflection.

One of the things to do that I always recommend is to take adequate exposure in the sun. Exposure to sunlight will increase your vitamin D levels, which, among other things will help you overcome depression.

Below are natural remedies that help fight depression

1. Cardamom

Cardamom can help detoxify the body and rejuvenate the cells, in turn helping improve your mood and treat depression.

Add one-half teaspoon of cardamom powder to one cup of warm water or milk. Drink it once daily.

You can also add a few drops of cardamom oil to your bath water. Soak yourself in this uplifting aroma-filled bath for 30 minutes daily.

2. Nutmeg

Nutmeg works like a brain tonic and helps stimulate your brain, eliminate fatigue and stress, and improve your mood.

Mix one-eighth teaspoon or a dash of nutmeg powder in one tablespoon of Indian gooseberry juice.

Drink this two times daily to calm the mind and relieve depression.

Do not take raw nutmeg in large doses as it has psychoactive effects.

3. Saffron

Saffron is high in carotenoids and B vitamins that help increase the levels of serotonin and other chemicals in the brain. In fact, a study published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology has found saffron to be as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in reducing mild to moderate depression.

Take 15 mg of dried extract of saffron twice daily to fight depression.

You can also use a little bit of saffron in cooking, milk shakes or smoothies.

4. Cashews

Being rich in vitamin C, cashew nuts stimulate the nervous system. Also, the riboflavin in cashews boosts energy so you can be active and joyful. Other useful nutrients in cashews that help combat depression are magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6.

Add one teaspoon of cashew nut powder to one cup of warm milk. Drink it once daily.

You can also eat a handful of dry roasted cashews as a healthy snack to lift your mood.

5. Fish Oil

Studies have found that people with depression usually have low intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are required for normal brain functioning, and is highly recommended for people with depression.

Take a daily supplement of fish oil to fight depression. Fish oil supplements are sold in health food stores, drug stores, grocery stores and online. Consult a doctor for the proper dosage.

Alternatively, you can eat cold water fish like salmon, sardines, and anchovies that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed and soy products are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids

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