8 Herbs for a Happier You

Happiness is something that even money can’t buy. But what if you can improve your own feelings of happiness and well-being by using herbs from Mother Nature to lift your spirits and keep your brain functioning properly?

Being happier can make you healthier. And the good news is there are some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system -- helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness. What are they? Here are the lists for you:

Lavender is one of the most frequently prescribed botanicals for low mood and depression. Lavender possesses anti-inflammatory action and is helpful in treating exhaustion and an inability to sleep, or insomnia. Insomnia itself may contribute to feelings of sadness and low mood. Lavender essential oil can help reduce stress and alleviate your depression. This herbal remedy may also help treat nausea and indigestion.

This is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries as a brain tonic and as a means of improving feelings of well-being. Brahmi (bacopa monnieri) can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory. In doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.

Gotu Kola
This herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress. Gotu kola (centella asiatica) also has antispasmodic and antiseptic compounds.

Chamomile tea is well-known for being the perfect relaxing tea before bed to help induce deep sleep. Just one cup of chamomile tea can help so much to easing stress and anxiety. Chamomile will also improve digestion, soothe the nervous system, improve the immune system, and reduce painful menstrual cramps.

Cannabis, or cannabis oil, is perhaps the most effective way to reduce social anxiety. When consumed regularly, it has been shown to be an exemplary tool for the relief of depression. Cannabis can also fight psychotic disorders, tumors, reduce inflammation, stop seizures and neurodegeneration, and stimulate new neurons in the brain. But cannabis isn’t considered legal in some areas.

St. John’s Wort
This herb has been used for centuries as a natural antidepressant. St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum) has successfully been used as a replacement for prescription antidepressants for those with mild to moderate cases of depression. It can also help cramps, bruises, inflammation, and muscle spasms. This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it.

Oat Straw
Oat Straw (avena sativa) can help treat feelings of anxiety. It is also very effective in the treatment of shingles, migraines, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.

Lemon Balm
This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) which can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. Lemon balm (melissa officinalis) is so mild that doctors often recommend it even for children. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so you might want to drink some lemon balm tea at the first sign of a cold or flu infection.

Making yourself happy and looking after your own well-being not only affects your quality of life, but also the lives of those who are close to you. If you are experiencing feelings of prolonged sadness, consider visiting a qualified health care professional for the care you need.

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