Dealing with Depression Naturally

Last Modified on Apr 07, 2014

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B Complex

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[YEA]  02/24/2006: Dee : "I have found that taking B complex vitamins work very well for depression and anxiety. Also repeating positive affirmations like "I am healing" while imagining a white light covering your entire body has worked very well for me! Much peace to you all!"


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Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment for Depression

Home Remedy Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces

The apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic is easily our most popular remedy for all manner of complaints. For use in treating depression, start with one-teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and an equal amount of honey in a tall glass of water. Later on, slowly increase the amount of vinegar to as much as 2 tablespoons per glass according to your body’s needs. Take this ACV Tonic 2-3 times daily with meals.

10/19/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi Seekthetruth ; I'm an example of a person that's had depression long term. I remember it as far back as pre-school. I remember feeling an utter sadness even watching children's programs on television. It was particularly confusing as a child, but it remained throughout my teens and adulthood. It didn't seem to follow any pattern or even a situation, although negative stressors certainly worsened it. I did feel it throughout my body, though, especially in my chest and gut, along with my psyche. I agree that depression needs to be treated with the full gamut of procedures including, mind, body, and spirit.

But, I have found that the most effective treatment for me has been B12 therapy. I know that it doesn't work alone, but it does work! The rest of the B-complex is just as important for treating depression as well, of course, as amino acids and minerals in good proportion. B12 even aids in making certain amino acids available to the body. Now I feel that my gloomy times are more a part of the natural waves rather than the endless downward spirals. Even the medical community understands depression as a symptom of B12 deficiency, but only to a degree, and they assume that it's only true for elder folks. But it occurs in all ages, even infancy, and it does run in families. I see it my family, both sides. I have responded very well with sublingual lozenges of methylcobalamin, an active form of B12. Some people may respond better to injections. Also, with the other B's, some people respond better by varying the amounts of some of them. Some people increase B3, B5, B6, and Folate for depression. I recommend trying a low dose B-complex daily with extra subs. Of B12 for a few months or less, then try small increases of other B's to find a good proportion. I generally recommend between 1000-5000 mcg. Daily. The other B's may be felt more quickly, but B12 may take a while to be felt, so there could be some frustration with the healing process time."

04/06/2009: Debbie from Lindenhurst, NY: "I've read everyones testimonies to vitamin b-12 and I'm starting the dissolving tabs today, I've had sever depression for almost a year and crippling fatigue (I think because of it for almostt as long) I have a 3 1/2 year old wonderful daughter who gets so concerned when I cry (which is at least everyday) she does the best she can to make mommy feel better. I'm on anti-depressants and they added another one to it which doesn't seem to help at all. At this point I'm looking for anything that can help me I can't live this way anymore. So whoevers out there please send your blessings I hope this works. and if there's any suggestions please feel free to e-mail me thank you"

07/18/2011: Jess from Winters, Ca replies: "Debbie,

i hope you get to see this email! I too have experienced severe depression after having both of my children. I have been dealing with this current bout for about a year 1/2 thats how old my second son is. I have tried a couple of meds and let me just say they made me WORSE!! I have slowly tapered off one med and now tapering off another I have been taking natural supplements and now trying the apple cider vineger and exercise. I feel alot better.

If you dont have motivation or energy and the meds arent helping please! Talk to your doctor about tapering off and find yourself a holistic doctor or counselor to help with your depression. No matter the cost its worth your life and your family to have their beautiful mommy back!! I believe in you and know that you are not alone. Take charge of your life. Get outside if you can take your daughter to the park, reach out to people in your community! If you have an iphone look up aps for depression every little thing you do will help. Breath and stretch!!! Much Love!


08/27/2011: Sarah from Dallas, Tx replies: "To Debbie--I hope you read this. You have to keep trying to get well, and be there for your dear little daughter. I have been treated for depression since I was diagnosed about ten years ago. Mostly, I've gotten counseling, and lately am trying EMDR (google it). I did try a prescription once, and it made me feel SO much worse. It also caused me to have two car accidents, and then I went off it cold turkey. I keep searching and experimenting with things to get well. Here are the things which made a big difference for me: B vitamins, niacin (the flush-kind is fun to take at night when no one can see you--and I think it's great for your heart and brain), folic acid (most B vits don't have enough), coffee, zinc, fish oil gel caps, 200 mg daily of magnesium citrate, chlorella mixed with grapefruit seed extract in water, fresh cilantro (on salads or meat), grape seed capsules, N-Acetyl Cysteine (should be taken on an empty stomach, with vit C. It makes me sleepy, so I take it at night, with Magnesium and sleep like a rock), L-Carnitine (also on an empty stomach), and SAMe. The thing that made the hugest difference is SAMe. In studies, it has been shown to work better than prescription antidepressants. Search it on the internet if you are interested in trying it, as it is touchy stuff--should be taken on an empty stomach, is inactivated by heat, and must be taken with B6, B12, and folic acid, and should NOT be taken for bipolar type depression. SAMe totally gets rid of the panicky type of anxiety I wake up with, and also helps me get everything done that I need to, with normal energy (although I still need some naps). Also, if you are crying every day, I am thinking that the thing you need most is a counselor. I think you have some kind of grief that you need emotional help to deal with."

B12, Folic Acid, 5-HTP

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[YEA]  08/22/2006: Justin from Port St. Lucie: "I was under constant attack from anxiety, and depression was setting in because of it. I saw a therapist who taught me about positive thinking and ways to get myself out of a panic attack. It kinda worked but was a constant effort to always be managing my moods and still fighting random panic attacks. I started self medicating with a popular narcotic made to ease anxiety. We all know it as a small white rectangular pill. I became dependant and my tolerance built up way to high. I lost my job, and almost my wife and kid because of that stupid pill! I checked myself into a rehab ...mainly to get it out of my system while in a secure, stable environment. My mind was definitely set on getting that pill out of my life so it was easy to kick. When I got out I was so scared of my anxiety coming back...and it did! I then remembered someone telling me about B-12 and Folic Acid as a natural cure for anxiety. I went to the store found the vitamins and saw it was like $6 for a 3 months supply and said "what the heck, I'll try it".....2 years later only one ten minute panic attack! The one I did have was after a night of drinking and did not take my def. my own fault. I take 500mcgs of B-12 and 400 mcgs of Folic Acid twice a day (i'm a big guy) I rarely, very rarely even think of my anxiety.

I have also, overtime, added a supplement called 5-htp and always carry around Altoids. I take the 5-htp when it just feels like things aren't going my way, and within an hour I am as giddy as a 3yr old watching blues clues! The Altoids help me out just whenever, they give me my own personal break from everything. The freshness it gives just puts everything back on a balanced level. The extreme peppermint taste relaxes me. I pop one in before any stressful meeting, event, issue and it's like my own personal shield from stress!

As a side note since taking these new vitamins I have only been sick with a cold for one day out of 2 years! I have not gotten a single sore throat, flu, ear ache ...Everyone in my family can be sick and I get nothing! I feel invincible! Smiling more,"

Bach Flower Remedies

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[YEA]  01/13/2010: Bob from London, U.K.: "The Bach Flower Remedies have worked wonders on my depression. I have been in and out of depression for the last 3-4 years, and only a few months ago I discovered the flower remedies and was amazed by the results. I use them still, whenever I feel I need to. Deciding which remedies to take is not easy. It takes alot of looking into yourself and understanding yourself and your emotions. You need to think about what you feel at that specific time, not what you might have felt at previous phases in your life. I hope this helps."

Bach Flower Remedies, Acetyl-L-Carnitine

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[YEA]  08/11/2013: Mary H from St Petersburg, Florida: "I have been using the Bach Flower Remedies (BFR) to help me with a bad, bad bout of depression and it didn't seem to be working for me. In desperation I read about Acetyl-L-carnitine (ACL) and it being an amino acid (a building block for proteins) that is naturally produced in the body. It helps the body produce "energy. " BFR works on energy so, I started taking the ACL and later that 1st night when I took the BFR it started to work almost immediately. That horrible knot in my stomach started to come on done. This morning when I awoke the knot was back and felt like I was at the end of the world again. I put the BFR drops in my coffee and sipping my coffee I could feel the knot being undone again. You just have to get past getting out of bed and I know how hard that can be."

Blackstrap Molasses

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[YEA]  08/07/2008: Lisa from Jerusalem, Israel: "I had tried a lot of things to beat depression, Including: St John wort and different traditional medications. Molasses worked - no side effects. It is just a healthy food to eat. I have about 1- 2 table spoons a day. TO make it easier to eat I made a made a molasses based taffy."

08/08/2008: Kate from Jackson, Oh replies: "Would you please give us your BSM taffy recipe? Thanks"
08/19/2008: Lisa from Jerusalem , Israel replies: "The Feb. 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry reported that uridine found in molasses is a strong antidepresent The tsts were done on rats. Uridine injections acted right away, but the omega-3 fatty acids took 30 days to kick in.

Combining lower doses of uridine and omega-3 fatty acids was even more helpful. "Less of each agent is required for effectiveness when the treatments are administered together," say the researchers.


EC: Thanks, Lisa. Very interesting. The article references molasses made from sugar beets -- fyi, not your typical blackstrap molasses made from sugar cane syrup.... To quote from the article -- "As for uridine, sugar beets and beet molasses are food sources."

08/19/2008: Lisa from Jerusalem , Israel replies: "The recipe I am using for Molasses Taffy is found at"
09/11/2008: Amy from Prescott, Arizona replies: "Can anyone tell me where to buy sugar beet molasses and is it suitable to eat - search of internet seems to indicate not eaten by humans."
09/11/2008: Carla from Grosse Pointe, Michigan replies: "Hello everyone, I can't thank you enough for this great website, I love it and recommend it to everyone I know. I too am looking for a place where to buy sugar beet molasses. I have searched online and at some "fancy" grocery stores with no success. Does anybody have any ideas? Thank you so much!"

EC: Well, we've found beet sugar sold online but not beet molasses. Try googling "beet molasses" rather than "sugar beet molasses". It's possible that an international grocery store would carry it.

Here's a website for traders -- sorry, not much help, but it may give you some clues!

Additional info on Sugar Beet Molasses from Wiki:

"Sugar beet molasses

Molasses that comes from the sugar beet is different from cane molasses. Only the syrup left from the final crystallisation stage is called molasses; intermediate syrups are referred to as high green and low green and these are recycled within the crystallisation plant to maximise extraction. Beet molasses is about 50% sugar by dry weight, predominantly sucrose but also containing significant amounts of glucose and fructose. Beet molasses is limited in biotin (Vitamin H or B7) for cell growth, hence it may need to be supplemented with a biotin source. The non-sugar content includes many salts such as calcium, potassium, oxalate and chloride. These are either as a result of concentration from the original plant material or as a result of chemicals used in the processing. As such, it is unpalatable and is mainly used as an additive to animal feed (called "molassed sugar beet feed") or as a fermentation feedstock.

It is possible to extract additional sugar from beet molasses through a process known as molasses desugarisation. This technique exploits industrial scale chromatography to separate sucrose from non-sugar components. The technique is economically viable in trade protected areas where the price of sugar is supported above the world market price. As such it is practised in the US and parts of Europe."
In the cuisines of the Middle East, molasses is produced from several other materials: carob[1], grape[2], date[3], pomegranate[4], and mulberry[5].

03/23/2009: Brenda from Edmonton, Canada replies: "I have been surching a lot on where to find Sugar Beet Mollasses. Still have not found anything....I do have a suspicion, if one goes into their local Chinatown supermarket, and say In Mandarin or Cantonese for Sugar Beet Mollasses they just may find it!!
Perhaps someone Asian on your staff or board will attempt this..
I did find:

I am not sure if taking(5 grams per day) of yeast is healthy though so I thought I better post you first.
Thank you.
Good Luck to all."

12/30/2009: Nirinjan from Traverse City, Michigan replies: "I would recommend using Molasses from cane sugar and not beets. Most sugar beets are GMO and could have other side effects or make sure it's organic grown."


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[YEA]  12/01/2009: Marlo from Hattiesburg, Mississippi: "Depression Remedy

Whenever I feel a depressive mood coming on I simply pour myself a glass of juice or tea and add about 3 dashes of just regular grocery store bought cayenne pepper, drink up and in seconds I begin to feel much better and relaxed. Works really fast! No need to even stir the cayenne into the drink."

[YEA]  10/18/2007: Lisa from Newton, MA: "Hi, I started to put a bit of Cayenne pepper, along with some lemon juice into my morning tea, as an immune booster, but, I must say, I have found that I have been in an extremely energetic and jovial mood. I had not noticed this until yesterday, my 3rd day doing this regimen---just thought I would share."


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[YEA]  Karl from Thibodaux, LA: "I have found chlorophyll to be very helpful in improving mood. I started by taking 60 mg in the morning. I actually found the effect of taking pure chlorophyll to be quite strong, so I switched to taking chlorella, which naturally contains chlorophyll. I take a portion of the suggested dose per day."

Coconut Oil

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[YEA]  02/29/2008: Gislain from Phoenix, AZ: "I've had Coconut Oil sitting around my house and only used it for cooking. I heard it was a great alternative to Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils. But since reading about the health benefits from Coconut Oil on this website, I thought it would be good to try for my depression and lack of energy I feel mainly in the mornings. Sometimes, I just cannot move or do anything! I ate a tablespoon and managed not to gag from the texture or lack of taste. Within a HALF-HOUR, I went from not wanting to be around and lethargic to INSTANT ENERGY! I was doing chores, showering, moving about and realizing that the Coconut Oil helped me start my day. It felt like I drank two cups of coffee! Throughout the day, my heart was beating pretty heavy so I will try taking half a tablespoon in the upcoming days. This is a WONDER FOOD!"

Cold Showers

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Cold Shower for Depression

A simple cold shower can stimulate the immune system and pleasure-producing neurotransmitters in the brain for a quick and lasting change in mood. If you can’t handle an entire cold shower, start by turning the hot water down to as cold as you can get it for a couple of minutes, dousing your head and lymph nodes.

[YEA]  08/02/2009: Shannon from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada: "I recently started taking alternating hot/cold showers. I start off quite warm then gradually make it as hot as I can for about 3 minutes then switch to cold for about 1 minute. I do 3 cycles and gradually make the hot hotter and the cold colder each cycle. I've only been doing this for 2 weeks now but the chronic headaches I've had for 30 years have lessoned (only 1 in the last 10 days-absolute heaven) and I've mysteriosly lost 8 lbs. (I'm quite obese) without changing my eating habits. The fact that it has been stinking hot the past 2 weeks and I'm sweating to death with no air conditioning could also be a factor for the weight loss! LOL My body temperature stays cooler for a few hours after my shower, even in this 30+ weather. I've also been doing some awesome meditations, listening to binaural beats and watching subliminal videos so it could be a combination of everything.

When I went to my Dr. last week and he asked how I was, I told him he'd better sit down. I've suffered (and I do mean suffer-suicidal thoughts daily) chronic depression for the last 17 years. I've gone off meds 3 times - once for 4 years even- but always end up crashing and need to go back on. Anyways back to the Dr. appt... I told him I had been HAPPY!!!! for 7 whole days and I hadn't cried since Sunday. The reason I cried was because I didn't know how long this would last. Had a bum day yesterday but not too bad today.

I thought it could be the combination of all the above or just my meds kicking in after trying 3 different kinds in 2 months. Not until I read all these posts did I think my showers could actually being contributing to my emotional well-being. Being 45, back in college with a bunch of 20 year olds, dealing with my disrespectful, pot smoking 17 year old son, chronic headaches and migraines, depression, hormone hostage (peri-menapause)... well I can use all the help I can get. I've also developed tennis elbow from being on the computer most of the day for school and homework. The showers haven't helped with that yet so I'm going to try emmursing my arm between my 2 kitchen sinks in hot and cold water.

Thanks for reading and I will definitely be checking out more of this website and referring my friends to it."

08/02/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "Have you tried eliminating glutamate/excitotoxins from your diet? MSG, aspartame, etc.? I feel much better for it. That and adding borax, vitamin C, and turmeric. This is a great site. :)"
[YEA]  06/04/2011: Memphismiss from Memphis, Tn, United States replies: "I think the cold shower has helped with my depression. Before I took the shower I had that feeling of poor concentration and tiredness and a bit of confusion. After the shower I feel better and can think better and im more energized. Before I took the shower I took an Omega 3 pill and bit it and squeezed the oil into my mouth. I also ate a banana and drank some lemon water to wash it all down. While in the shower I did let the water cover my entire head and body and I couldn't help but to began really deep breathing because of the shock of the cold water(I think the deep breathing helped).

I have been dealing with depression on and off for about 7 years. I think it is very possible that I was depressed as a child too. It became a part of my personality, I was always negative. I would always expect the worse. I have been working to be more positive and it has helped the depression some. Recently I have been under a lot of stress and as you may know stress can bring on depression. So I am trying to avoid a major depressive episode at all costs as they are very scary. I have had scary major depressive episodes but I find that meditating on the Holy Bible and positives rather than negatives helps.

I am going to try my hardest to exercise because when I do exercise(dancing is my favorite) I do feel better. Also when I juice fresh apples, oranges, carrots, and grapes, I have better concentration and energy. I noticed this week I have been eating poorly all the sweets and fats I wanted and my body has suffered for it, no doubt. That's why I was here looking for other cures to try to get rid of this depression once and for all but I guess it's gonna take some time and effort as it took some time and effort to get depressed. But the cold shower sure does help also freshly juiced fruits and vegatables also, positive meditation (I prefer those of the Holy Bible).... exercise(dancing, swimming and walking)..Omega 3 and vitamins, active social life(volunteer, facebook or something... be mindful of what you are watching or listening to( you need all positive stuff nothing negative).

Since there are so many things that can be going on in a person's body to cause depression it may take trying a few things. Our bodies were not built to withstand the current fast food lifestyle of today or the high stress.It is important to make sure that your depression is not because your body is short on vitamin and minerals Think about your eating habits even if you are not super obese like me. Blessings of all things good and no depression to all, you are not alone. HALLELUJAH... in Christ Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

[YEA]  07/23/2009: Sveta from Des Plaines, IL: "I just want to say that cold showers are great for major depression and anxiety disorder, but they don't help much if you don't shower your head. First, I was doing cold showers but was avoiding showering my head. It helped but I still had a lot of anxiety and depression going on. Then, after trying to SHOWER NOT ONLY MY BODY BUT MY HEAD too with cold water (I was told it's good for hair loss), I felt like I was born again. Plus, my hair doesn't seem to fall out much any more."

[YEA]  05/29/2009: Bill from East Stroudsburg, PA: "I suffer from periodic severe depressions. I have taken every drug known to science and have undergone shock treatment. By accident this spring I discovered that a long, very cold shower, as long as I can stand it provides the best treatment I've had in 50 years. I can only assume it is not suggested by doctors because the drug companies don't recommend it."

05/29/2009: Michelle from Los Angeles, CA replies: "A friend of a friend is going through electric shock therapy to treat depression. Why oh why don't people try cold showers first? From the feedback it appears to be a very successful treatment for mild to severe depression!!"

[YEA]  05/04/2009: Rob Dillon from San Francisco, CA: "I feel sad for a very odd reason. Why on earth did I not find this simple cold water shower cure earlier. I suffered from a lot of diseases all life and this cold water shower cured this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND A MUST FOR EVERYONE WHO WANT TO STAY HAPPY AND HEALTHY."



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