If you go by what most doctors tell you, you would begin to think that if a problem can’t be solved by a pharmaceutical drug or treatment, then it’s as good as untreatable.

But this is far from the reality. Firstly, the body is far too complex for their to be one chemical or medication that can instantly fix it when there is a problem. And secondly, nature has a much vaster and more holistic “pharmacy” that has been evolving alongside us for thousands of years.

We just never hear about it anymore because it’s much harder for big pharma to measure, patent, regulate, and, therefore, make billions of profit from.

Nowhere is this more true than in the treatment of depression and low mood. Of course, alongside a good diet, exercise, and therapy, antidepressants can have a significant impact for a lot of people. However, it can often be that the myriad of mood-enhancing remedies that nature has to offer can do the job just as well, if not a hundred times better and with none of the side-effects.

Here are some of those such forgotten natural treatments for depression and low mood, still favoured today by many people and medical professionals across the globe.

Essential Oils

A blend of extracted pure oils, essential oils basically condense all of the beneficial compounds of plants into a potent mixture or “essence”. Different sources are beneficial for different problems, and three that are good for depression and low mood are bergamot, ylang ylang and grapefruit.

These three oils have been used throughout the ages as everything from a natural treatment for depression to a remedy for soothing a broken heart. They work by helping increase the secretion of hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, thus balancing mood, promoting relaxation, and fighting feelings of anxiety.

Ginseng

Rather than adding something new to the body to fight stress, like antidepressants do, adaptogen supplements such as ginseng work by naturally increasing your body’s own capacity to deal with stress.

Ginseng does this by supporting the adrenal system — which is all too often overworked today — which, in turn, helps regulate hormonal imbalances in the body and bring about a more normalised state. The result is you have less toxins in the body, more energy, and are much better able to deal with stress.

B Vitamins

Many doctors and health professionals agree that B vitamins play an important part in a healthy diet. However, they also agree that the best sources of B vitamins come from food itself — things like brewer’s yeast, liver, whole-grains, and leafy greens.

The problem is that many of our diets is often all but void of such B-vitamin rich foods. And as they are essential for breaking down foods into energy and the functioning of a normal nervous system, this can lead to everything from digestion problems and fatigue to anxiety and premenstrual syndrome.

As suggested, the best way to get more B vitamins in your diet is through whole food supplements such as brewer’s yeast — a potent source of the major B vitamins, sixteen amino acids, and fourteen minerals. Many people thus find brewer’s yeast as one of the most effective natural treatments for depression and low mood.