Herbal Antidepressants: For lifting the mood

Mood Enhancers

Listed below are the herbs that are known to improve mood and are the classic herbal anti-depressants. Read our blog article on Herbal Anti-depressants here.

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(Theobroma cacao)

Raw Cacao contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, and is high in magnesium, iron, chromium, tryptophan, and antioxidants. It also contains PEA and anandamide, Dopamine and serotonin. It's feel good factor is well known however it is also an excellent source of nutrition.

Good for... Mood, Nutrition

Camu Camu

(Mycaria dubia)
Camu Camu

Camu Camu has a reputation for alleviating depression and helping the process of weaning people off pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Good for... Mood, Nutrition


(Turnera diffusa)

Damiana is an antidepressant and is known to strengthen and tonify the central nervous system and is used for emotional stress, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. It is also thought to be helpful in conditions of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood

Fo-ti (Ho Shou Wu)

(Polygonum multiflorum)

Fo-ti is a traditional Chinese medicine, and is known as one of the herbs for nourishing the heart and calming the spirit. It is seen as a remedy for unblocking the channels of the heart and spirit, allowing a pathway for the release of generalized weakness, soreness, pain and fatigue. It is also indicated traditionally for nightmares. As it is mildly oestrogenic it is indicated for use in menopausal symptoms.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood


(Tribulus terrestris)

Gokshura (better known by it's latin name Tribulus terrestris) is well known for improving stamina and performance both physically and sexually for men and women.

It is classed as a herbal remedy for depression because Harmine,one of the active ingredients of Tribulus, is an effective mono-amine-oxidase-inhibitor (MAO inhibitor).

Regular use of Tribulus during the menopause can aid insomnia, hypertension, irritability, and loss of sexual interest at this time, 65% of women treated in one study reported increased sex drive after using this herb.

In Men it stimulates the secretion of leutinising hormone LH, which goes onto stimulate testosterone in the gonads.

Good for... Mood, Energy



Jasmine Tea is fantastic for lifting the mood; it's flowery scent and taste has the power to elevate and brighten any moment. Used in a blend with other herbs it can bring calm and relaxation to the nerves.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm

Lemon balm is known for its calming and soothing properties.

t is a stomachic, anti-spasmodic and carminative, so it is not only good for settling cramps of the digestive tract but also relieves the cramps of pre-menstrual tension. However as a nervine it also settles emotional upset and is an anti-depressant. So it is a great herb to aid women in the menstrual cycle.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep

Milk Thistle

(Silybum marianum)

Milk Thistle herb has a traditional and modern use as a liver tonic. It encourages the secretion and flow of bile and is therefore an excellent remedy for liver inflammation, the kidneys and the gall bladder. It is an excellent detox aid.

Milk Thistle has been shown to work at preventing liver damage associated with anti-biotics, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic medication.

It can be an appropriate supplement to support any sort of anger work as these emotions often involve toxins in the liver.

Good for... Mood


(Viscum alba loranthaceae)

Mistletoe is a nervine. It will calm, soothe and tone the nervous system.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood

Mucuna / Kapikachhu

(Mucuna pruriens)
Mucuna pruriens

Renown as a mood enhancer and libido booster due to it's L-Dopa content. Kappikachhu beans have a wide range of unusual phyto chemicals and a nutritional profile similar to soy beans.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Nutrition, Energy

Muira Puama

Muira Puama

Indicated for impotency, menstrual cramps and PMS, neurasthenia and central nervous system disorders amongst other things.

Good for... Mood

Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)

Passion flower's calming properties make it useful in dealing with depression if the route is anxiety. It is known as a tonic for the nervous system, a natural sedative and tranquiliser. It is an anti-spasmodic herb and has been used for treating seizures, hysteria, palpitations, panic attacks, excess sweating and trembling (as experienced in anxiety states), uterine pains, and aches and pains of all kinds.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep

Reishi Mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum)

A fantastic herb with a wide range of benefits, the traditional use of Reishi has been as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to the stressors of life.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is indicated for treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and coughs.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep

Rhodiola Rosea

(Rhodiola rosea)

Rhodiola Rosea optimises the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your body, meaning reduced stress levels and fatigue as well as increased mental and physical performance.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Energy


(Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is a tonic for the liver, and stimulates bile, gall bladder and digestive function. It is useful for general debility and depression. It has been said that 'it comforteth the harte and maketh it merie'.

Good for... Mood


(Schisandra chinensis)

Schizandra are known for their adaptogen properties. This means that they assist the bodies systems in adapting to stressors and achieving the balance of health. They also replenish the adrenals so are indicated for recovering from exhaustion or overuse of stimulants.

Good for... Mood, Energy

Siberian Ginseng

(Eleutherococcus snticosus)
Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng is an adaptogen, and it encourages the adrenal glands to secrete stress fighting hormones.

It is indicated as a preventative for a wide range of problems including nervous breakdown and depression.

Good for... Mood, Energy


(Vanilla planifolia)

Probably the world's favourite flavour. Not specifically documented as an anti-depressant but it's association with indulging the senses makes it excellent for the self esteem.

Good for... Mood


(Verbena officinalis)

Vervain is a nervine, and is therefore known to be strengthening to the nervous system. It is useful in conditions of stress and nervous tension, and it has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It is also indicated for use in the treatment of depression and sadness.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep


(Triticum aestivum)

Wheatgrass is quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth and healing man has ever benefited from". As rich a source of vitamins, amino acids available anywhere plus an almost complete spectrum of minerals. The bedrock of super nutrition.

Good for... Mood, Nutrition, Sleep