Herbs for Seasonal Depression

Herbs for Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is caused by a lack of sunlight and can be made more extreme by vitamin D deficiency. It usually sets in about late November and symptoms include lack of motivation, fatigue, feelings of sadness or despair, and gloom. Herbal remedies and self-care practices can help alleviate some of these symptoms. 


This is the ultimate motivation herb, it’s ideal for those who can’t get out of bed in the morning or have a hard time getting stuff done. It’s a stimulating herb with a spicy and peppery flavor profile. 

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is mildly sedative and has been described as a trophorestorative for the nervous system. This is defined as something that nourishes and restores the function of a tired, compromised, and diseased tissue, organ, or system. The nervous system becomes highly sensitive with SAD and lemon balm helps nourish and regulate it. 

Holy Basil 

Also known as tulsi, this herb is an amazing adaptogen. It addresses physical, chemical, metabolic, and psychological stress throughout the body. One of the most well-researched abilities of this herb is keeping hormone levels balanced naturally and helping manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. 


Rose, with all its beauty, is a strong plant medicine. It is antiviral, antidepressant, astringent, aphrodisiac, and anti-inflammatory. One of the most important benefits of rose is the calming effect of this plant. Regular consumption can reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. It also helps eliminate exhaustion and can improve the overall quality of sleep. 


Lavender is amphoteric, an herb that can be both a stimulant and a sedative. It stimulates the digestive organs, aids with digestion, and uplifts mood. Simultaneously it relaxes and sedates the nerves and benefits anxiety, PMS symptoms, and menopausal symptoms. 

There are numerous herbs that help with S.A.D, but these are some of the most common. Combining these herbs into an herbal tea blend and consuming on a consistent basis can greatly improve mood. Also a diet rich in whole foods will enhance overall gut health and keep your probiotics happy. Optimal gut health is key for a balanced emotional state. 

This post is not intended to treat, prevent, or cure any disease.