What is depression?
The dictionary definition of depression is a state of dejection, severe despondency and feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness. It is also defined as a condition in which the minds remains disturbed. It is a condition in which one feels lack of energy, lack of focus and concentration and loss of interest towards life in general.
It is a state of mood in which one feels low or down with an aversion to activity. Depression is an illness which affects both body and mind. Physically one may feel tired, lethargic, loss of appetite, under eating and even overeating. Mentally one may feel sadness, anxiety, emptiness, irritability, restlessness etc.
Honey has been used to treat depression since times immemorial. There is a good evidence reported by people that it enhances mood. The Romans used it make them happy apart from deriving many other healthy benefits. Honey is sweet and contains natural sugar. When taken, it gives instant energy and many change one’s mood and depressed feelings.
Honey is a great mood lifter and can be taken on its own, or mixed with tea, water, milk, yoghurt and any other fresh juice drink.
When the body is out of tune, the mind loses its vitality and focus. As honey contains many minerals, it enhances the general immune system which in turn boots mental energy as well.
Honey also contains kaempferol and quercetin which greatly improve health of the brain. It is known to reduce inflammation and a strawberry dip in the honey works as a quick mood enhancer.
Among the most common symptoms of depression are: fatigue, tiredness, low energy and sleeplessness or insomnia. Sleep disturbances or insomnia, both in adults and teenagers, are considered to be the hallmark of depression. According to an estimate 80% depressed people find it difficult to sleep while 15% sleep excessively. According to Dr Michael Perlis insomnia often precedes mood disorders and may be the harbinger of depression.
Honey contains an amino acid called tryptophan which induces sleep. Serotonin is a hormone which helps the body and mind to relax by inducing the brain to pass the signals of sleep. When we take honey before bed time, the amino acid tryptophan enters the brain and forms serotonin. Thus taking honey reduces or helps to cure insomnia and may prove helpful in curing depression.
According to Jenny Fleetwood, a tablespoon of honey with ginseng in warm water relaxes the nerves and help in the recovery of any damage done to the nervous system.
Top 5 Natural and Home Remedies of Treating Depression with Honey
Take 5 to 10 almonds and crush them
Mix them with tablespoon of good quality honey
Eat one spoon morning and one before going to bed.
Chop one apple and place them in a blender
Add one Table spoon of honey
Add one cup of warm milk
Stir to mix well
Drink twice a day
Take one tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves
Boil a glass of water and mix the rosemary leaves
Strain the mixture into another glass or cup
Mix one table spoon of honey
Drink daily once and continue for a month.
Put a bag of chamomile tea in hot water
Add one tablespoon of honey
Drink first thing in morning
Drink before going to bed
Mix one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of ginseng powder
Add one cup one cup of hot water
Allow to stand for a few minutes
Drink twice a day
Apart from many other health benefits and general boosting of the immunity system, honey works best as instant energizer and treating sleep disorders.
Sleep disturbances or insomnia may be the warning alerts of oncoming depressive mood. Once depression takes over, fatigue, tiredness and other related symptoms follow. Honey may help eliminate sleeplessness or oversleeping and also provide instant energy boost to overcome the feelings of tiredness and lethargy. Thus it may help in people regain their mood by reducing the state of dejection, sadness and low energy.
If you suffer clinical depression consult your doctor for medical or professional advice. All the information in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to treat or cure any disease.