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6 Mood Enhancing Ayurvedic Supplements to Fight Depression

Feeling anxious and depressed? Ayurveda has the solutions...
Akshay Kulkarni
Maintaining physical health is vital for everyone to survive, but mental health is what makes living in this world bearable and worthwhile. Physical and mental health are correlated; poor mental health can damage the bodily functions, and vice versa. However, sadly, most of us always concentrate on our physical well being rather than the mental wellness.
Mental health substantially depends on the neurotransmitters and hormones in our body. Our feelings, sad or happy, are nothing but chemical impulses that are driven by the neurological and hormonal changes. Depression, anxiety and mood swings are incepted, directly or remotely, by these neurological and hormonal shifts in our body.
Ayurveda – India’s ancient system of medicine  promotes the wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Since ages, the practitioners of Ayurveda addressed mental well being and proffered various solutions for the same. The natural supplements offered by Ayurveda enhance your mood and help in coping with anxiety and depression.


Also known as Indian Ginseng, it’s an authentic adaptogenic herb that effectively curbs anxiety and stress; the preliminary causes of depression. Ashwagandha supplements also reduce the levels of Cortisol – the stress hormone – and boost brain functions.


Brahmi or Bacopa is an ayurvedic herb that has been used as a nervine  a herb that calms the nerves. It also lowers Cortisol levels and regulates the hormones that counteracts the effects of stress. Brahmi also reduces anxiety by improving the production of the calming hormone  Serotonin.

Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum or Holy Basil acts as an adaptogen. It helps your body and mind to adapt to stress, and nurtures your mental balance. Holy Basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties that alleviate anxiety, insomnia and depression.


A formulation of Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Holy Basil and many such ayurvedic herbs, Chyawanprash is a polyherbal ayurvedic supplement. As it consists multiple adaptogenic and calming herbs, Chyawanprash efficiently nourishes your mind.

Kava Root

It consists of a substance called Kavapyrone which induces a calming and relaxing effect on our mind. Kava root supplements are used for relieving stress, calming anxiety and treating insomnia.

Lemon Balm

Leaves of Lemon Balm are chiefly used to curb stress and anxiety. Even the scent of Lemon Balm can help in easing stress. The rosmarinic acid in Lemon Balm increases the GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) levels in the brain which help you remain stress-free. Consuming Lemon Balm tea can also effectively abate your anxiety level.