When it comes to consuming medications, most of us get too hesitant. The reason behind our hesitation is the many side effects that the cure (medicine) brings along.
Let’s talk about painkillers. We pop pain killers as if it’s candy. Slightest of pain and *POP POP* swallow. Every thought about the fact that you may be addicted to them? I bet no. Addiction is, let’s say, the least dangerous. Pain killers can cause ulcers and kidney dysfunction. Furthermore, they can cause you to vomit blood.
That was some facts about painkillers. Antidepressants can cause addiction, insomnia, stomach problems, mood swings, anger issues, and whatnot. Dependency on medications is not a good thing.
Fortunately, there are natural plants and herbs available along with other methods that can help cure depression. Thanks to mother nature for not abandoning us.
Have you ever heard of kratom? Probably not. How about we give a brief overview of kratom and some other natural ways of curing depression and anxiety. Sounds good? Let’s get started.
Kratom is a plant native to southeast Asia. It is known for its many magical abilities. Kratom is not an opioid; however, its capabilities are like one. Such as codeine or morphine. The active ingredient in kratom is called mitragynine. Mitragynine binds to opioid receptors in the brain, relieving pain.
Although kratom is not an FDA approved substance, it’s users sing songs of its godly effects. The FDA has not approved kratom because it may be used as a dietary supplement. Now we all know how people can get desperate when it comes to losing the extra pounds. We are open to every option. Anyhow, kratom is likely to be abused for its hunger suppressing abilities.
Kratom has many abilities, to begin with. Some of which are cured by a particular strain altogether. Talking of strains, kratom has many strains that come in mainly three colors; white, red, and yellow (also called the gold). These strains are further altered to create more strains that come in more colors, such as green.
The red strain is a low one, while on the other hand, the white and yellow are potent. The low strains are used to cure problems such as:
All the red strains are known for their sedative properties that can relieve pain and anxiety and can also help regulate your sleep cycle by fighting insomnia. However, the best red strain known for relieving pain is the red Malay kratom.
The white kratom has the ability to boost up your energy. Ever felt so tired at work when you find yourself staring at the clock every two minutes; So that you can go home and just lie down on the couch or on the bed? I assume, yes. That happens to all of us at some point in our careers.
Kratom can help you with your work out at the gym as well. You can consume kratom as a pre-workout, and also you can take kratom for pain as a post-workout.
The above mentioned are not the only problems that kratom can relieve. Here are a few more:
- High blood pressure
- Opioid addiction
- Opioid withdrawal
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Confused About How to Consume Kratom? Here, let us guide you through.
Kratom leaves can be consumed in the form of tea. In order to brew tea, the kratom leaves are dried or boiled. Moreover, the leaves can be consumed as it is fresh. Furthermore, be careful when brewing tea as over boiling the leaves can burn off the effects. Kratom leaves can also be added to smoothies or shakes. In case you do not like tea.
Furthermore, kratom can be consumed in a variety of other ways in the form of:
- Vape (however the smoking is a less common practice)
- Toss and wash(the easiest and with instant effects)
Kratom has earned the name ‘magical plant’ for a reason. However magical it may be, keep in mind that too much of anything is not good. Therefore refrain from consuming too much of it at a time. Start off with 2-3 grams at a time, and feel free to consume more once the effects wear off. Wait for it to take effect before jumping to the conclusion that “it’s not working, so I am going to toss in some more.” DON’T!. However, it is entirely safe to use, but overdosing can result in hazardous side effects. It may take kratom 10-15 to kick in. Be patient.
Also, before deciding anything, do consult a doctor. Even if your depression and anxiety are too severe, however, we may hate prescribed medications for depression. In some cases, we just can not avoid using them. So choose wisely.
Enough talking about kratom? Let’s discuss some more methods!
Believe it or not, exercise has fantastic effects on depression and anxiety. When we exercise, a chemical called endorphin is released in our brains, making us happy and energized. Hence, incorporating exercise into your daily morning routine can bring a visible change in your life within no time.
If you like working out after you are done with work, I hate to tell you that’s a horrible idea. Working out later in the day after getting done with all of your tasks can drain out all your energy, leaving you in a bad mood for the rest of the evening.
However, exercising early in the morning can do your mental health wonders. Exercising can instantly relieve you from stress, yet making it a lifelong habit protects you from many other deadly diseases such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart diseases
Moreover, exercising is very beneficial for those suffering from kidney diseases as well. Also, regular exercise can give you beautiful glowing skin.
Ever been to a spa? If no, you don’t worry; if yes, then you probably know what essential oils are.
Essential oils are used all around the world for their pain-relieving and stress-relieving properties. People use them in various forms in order to enjoy their effects. Here are the names few essential oils that help in relieving anxiety and depression:
- Lemon balm
- Kava kava
- Holy basil
Most of them you must have seen on the racks in the tea sections of the stores. Chamomile and jasmine are very famous among tea users for their delicious taste. However, a few of these are not consumed as tea.
You can add the essential oils to your bath products or buy bath products that already contain them. Also, you can add these oils to your diffuser to enjoy the relaxing aroma all-around your place. Furthermore, some of them can be consumed orally or in the forms of:
If you do not like the methods mentioned above, you can just simply rub the oil on your body or massage it on your scalp. Furthermore, you can spray the oils on your shirt to enjoy the effects and sweet smell or sprinkle a few drops on your pillow when you are going to bed. This will help you sleep better.