I wrote in earlier about vinegar for metabolism, but have since given that up. In my search for natural ‘pick-me-ups,’ however, I have come across some wonderful items. Note: I am taking three prescription antidepressants and a mood stabilizer for bipolar II disorder, so these are just everyday adjuncts.
1. Rosewater, or anything with the scent of rose has a natural anti-depressant quality. When I bought my first bottle (a reasonably priced bottle at Whole Foods), I would spritz in on my face 2 or 3 times a day, and it was incredibly soothing. Also, I would spritz it on my pillow and bedsheets before going to bed. I also use it as a toner, as I like to think that the essential oil absorbs into your skin, enhancing the effect.
2. Epsom salt bath/soaks — excellent for overall tension and physical/mental anxiety. Usually you pour 2 cups into a warm bath, unless you mix it half and half with either dead sea salts or baking soda (to soften skin), as I sometimes do.
3. Adding essential oils to baths. If you do some research on the web, you can find which essential oils are especially stimulating for a depressive state. The ones I know of and use are clary sage, bergamot, and melissa.
4. It’s summer! Get your daily sunlight and exercise! I really have to force myself to get out and walk some days, but it is really worth it. As you can tell, my mood does get better during this time of year, and if I even think of something like a wool sweater, I have a flash of depression. Use ‘natural’ brands of SPF lotions, especially on your face. Don’t buy Coppertone or any of that other drugstore stuff.