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lavendar-1153408_1280If you are looking for a natural way to boost your mood, a good place to start is your diet.  There are herbs that you can incorporate into your diet plan to help enhance or improve your mood and overall mental health.  Check out your neighborhood health food store or farmer’s market for these feel-good herbs.

Chamomile: Chamomile has several health benefits, such as its ability to treat digestive disorders, colds, muscle spasms, and many infections.  Among its most powerful benefits is the effect on mood and sleep.  Chamomile promotes an elevated mood and helps relieve insomnia.  This makes chamomile a very popular choice as a non-caffeinated evening tea.

Ginseng: If you are looking for a way to increase your energy levels while also improving your mood, ginseng is a great option.  Ginseng promotes a relaxed and alert state of mind while also improving overall focus and mood.

Holy Basil: In Indian culture, basil is known as the healing herb.  Consumption of holy basil promotes relaxation and relieves anxiety, depression, and fatigue.  It also improves migraine headaches, insomnia, and skin infections.

Lavender: Lavender is extremely calming and helps with anxiety and low mood.  Lavender also alleviates bloating and aids in relaxation.  Many women find it very comforting during their menstrual cycle.

Oat Straw: This soothing herb is usually consumed as a tea.  It is known to relieve mild anxiety and is also good for heart health and cholesterol.

Passionflower: While passionflower has several benefits including relieving gastrointestinal issues and reducing ADHD, many of its benefits are associated with mental health.  Passionflower is also used to combat insomnia and nervousness.

Peppermint: Peppermint tea is not only refreshing but also stimulates clear thinking.  Peppermint boosts energy and promotes concentration.  While peppermint is usually consumed in a tea form, it can also be added to salads.  Diet Plan Tip: Try adding peppermint leaves to your ice water.

Rosemary: Rosemary has several benefits, including stroke and heart attack prevention, promoting good cholesterol, and enhanced mood.  Rosemary is also linked to increased alertness, reduced anxiety, and improved memory.

Our moods are crucial in how we handle stress and adjust to a healthy lifestyle change – two key things essential to a successful diet plan.  Adding herbs to your diet can enhance your mood as well as serve as an opportunity to spice up your diet.  

GreenLite Medicine note: Always speak with your doctor before introducing new herbs into your diet plan if you are taking medication to discuss any possible drug interactions.

 

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