Natural Remedies

Dealing with Depression Naturally

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Tawnya (Ogden, Utah) on 11/23/2005
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using ACV for about 2 years. It was around the time I was told that I had cancer. I had suffered a long time with depression, headaches, and 2 premature babies. When I started taking ACV, within weeks I could feel a difference in the way I felt. My headaches were gone, and 5 months later my cancer was in remission. I believe ACV has made a large impact in my life. I now give it to my children and husband, and we are very healthy and happy.

Posted by Berry (Washington,DC) on 08/29/2005
5 out of 5 stars

a tablespoon of vinegar in a half glass of warm water is good for calming my emotions. if i drink it when something has gotten on my nerves. It takes effect immediately. Try it.

Posted by Connie (Portland, OR)
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. I tried at least six or seven medications over a five year period but nothing worked. They all were just expensive and had bad side effects. A naturopathic biologist told me to take ACV and after a couple of days I felt much better for the first time. I believe there are people who need the prescription medications -and counseling is a great help to most of us- but for those of us suffering from occasional recurrent depression/anxiety I believe it is a fantastic cure. I have only taken it when my depression pops up and found relief every time. After reading the benefits for weight loss though, I believe I will begin taking it daily - and brushing my teeth afterward!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

Posted by Lila (London, England) on 02/18/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi ... I started taking 2 tablespoons of acv mixed with about a quarter of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda mixed in about 8 floz of wa ter(250 mls) for about a week now.I do not suffer from any illnesses so I'm just taking it for general well being. Verdict: I have a lot more energy and feel less tired towards the end of the day, and I have more regular bowel movements, I have increased saliva production(is this something good?). Also I feel that it has improved my mood as I feel much happier and cheerful now.I dont know maybe its all psychological or maybe it's the acv working.

Replied by Connie
Swainsboro, Georgia

How often do you have to take this?


Posted by Anon (US) on 09/04/2014

I've had depression since grade school. Some years ago I got a virus or something and was given three big azithromyacin pills to take, one a day for three days. The depression went completely away for three days. I had a ton of energy, I felt happy, cheerful, outgoing, I could think clearly and remember much better. Much more relaxed and optimistic. Like everything was fixed.

The third day I took some psyllium fiber and it all came creeping back.

B Complex

Posted by Ellen (New Canaan, CT) on 09/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I was at Trader Joe's last week and was browsing through their line of supplements. One supplement in particular caught my eye - sublingual folic acid, b6 and b12. I had been seeing some good information on the web about the b vits, so I decided to buy it. (cheap by the way.) The one thing I noticed immediately is I am in such a darn good mood after I take it! I forgot to take one pill 2 days ago and some pms irritability set in. Took my vitamin and within half an hour, my mood improved. I think this may be a great supplement for those with depression or anxiety.

Posted by Dee (USA) on 02/24/2006
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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!


Posted by Alicia319 (Seattle, Wa) on 10/28/2014
4 out of 5 stars

I have been taking the carbomazapine for depression and anxiety for 9 years. The doctors arent sure if I am bi polar or not the therapist both have said no. I have suffered with major depression for many years over 35 now. I decided to try b12 500 mg it is working great with my medication 250 mg at bedroom and the b12 in the am. they wanted to change my med but I don't want to. Why is the b12 working so well? I feel so much better, I am allergic to many anti depressants.

Replied by Sandhya
Maui, Hawaii

Depression can happen as a result of concussions. Have you hit your head ever? Good luck with the B 12.... you might even try B 12 shots.......


Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 10/19/2011

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.

Posted by Debbie (Lindenhurst, NY) on 04/06/2009

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

Replied by Jess
Winters, Ca


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!


Replied by Sarah
Dallas, Tx

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

Posted by Justin (Port St. Lucie) on 08/22/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Bob (London, U.K.) on 01/13/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Mary H (St Petersburg, Florida) on 08/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Beets, Cayenne

Posted by Jenna (North Carolina) on 04/13/2016
5 out of 5 stars

When I'm feeling depressed it's hard to get motivated to do the things that help fight depression like exercise, getting out of bed, calling a friend, etc. But I have found that eating either cayenne or beets give me a super quick mood boost.

Raw is better, and for cayennes I often de-seed them and eat two or three. It's seems like my vision gets clearer and brighter, my thoughts are clear, and I am energized within a few minutes.

I find it more difficult to eat raw beets, so I roast them, make lemon herb beet and leek soup, or shred them and lightly sauté them in olive oil. It gives me the same clarity of mind and eyesight as the cayennes and improves my mood in just a few minutes.

While I have found that dried cayenne does okay for this purpose, I don't think that canned or pickled beets have quite the same effect as fresh beets for me. (But if thats all you have on hand there is no harm in trying! )

I've been struggling with depression for as long as I can remember. While there is no cure all I wanted to share the pick-me-ups I use to give myself enough motivation to get up and move around. I hope it helps someone else out there as well. Good luck to you all.

Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Lisa (Jerusalem, Israel) on 08/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kate
Jackson, Oh

Would you please give us your BSM taffy recipe? Thanks

Replied by Lisa
Jerusalem , Israel

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."

Replied by Lisa
Jerusalem , Israel
Replied by Amy
Prescott, Arizona

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.

Replied by Carla
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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].

Replied by Brenda
Edmonton, Canada

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.

Replied by Nirinjan
Traverse City, Michigan

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.