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Plants that put us in a good mood

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Can't get over your bad mood? Here are three plants that will help you find energy and positive thoughts.

"We all have a system of keeping a good mood," says Dr. Louis Teulières, a herbalist. Therefore, we can rely on our own hormones and a whole cocktail of neurotransmitters, produced mainly by the brain. This natural "first aid kit" may sometimes need a booster. These plants that regulate mental well-being will help you.

The most balancing plant: St. John's wort

This plant has been the subject of numerous scientific publications that endorse its effectiveness against bad moods or moderate depression. "There are active ingredients that stimulate the secretion of an 'accelerator' neurotransmitter, dopamine, and other quite calming serotonergic drugs," says Dr. Teulières. Therefore, St. John's wort balances the mood.

In what cases to use it?

It is recommended in late winter, a delicate time that requires a lot of energy. It is also valuable to accompany the smoking cessation.

His instructions: Use as drops or dry extract, 300 mg to 600 mg per day, for four to eight weeks.

Its contraindications: St. John's wort is not suitable if you are planning a vacation in the sun; in fact, it can be photosensitizing.

Nor should it be associated with a certain amount of drugs: contraceptive pill, anxiolytic, antidepressant, antimigraine from the triptan family, anticoagulant. As St. John's Wort specialties are sold without a prescription, your pharmacist will inform you, ask what medicine you are taking before disposing of it.

The most energizing plant: rhodiola

This small plant from extreme areas (extremely cold, like Siberia) improves physical and intellectual abilities, such as memory, concentration and learning ability.

In what cases to use it?

To be used therefore in case of fatigue, "fatigue without depression or anxiety, without contempt for oneself or the world", specifies the doctor.

Your instructions

Its root is prepared as a dry extract. To regain positive energy, take 300 to 400 mg per day for four to eight weeks.

It can be combined with eleutherococcus, useful in cases of physical or sexual fatigue, or even with ginseng, a root that improves mental and physical capacities during strong pumping.

The most relaxing plant: passionflower

It's hard to be in a good mood when you have a bad night. Fatigue and irritability quickly darken everyday life.

In what cases to use it?

If you have trouble falling asleep because you ponder a little more than usual, passionflower is the herb for you.

"By parasitizing opioid receptors, it allows the release of endorphins that reduce anxiety and promote sleep," says Dr. Teulières. It also improves so-called somatic anxiety disorders such as the feeling of a lump in the throat or a lump in the stomach. Finally, it contains maltol, a muscle relaxant. The result is less nervousness, less hypersensitivity to emotions and noise.

Your instructions

Use as a liquid or dry extract (300 to 400 mg per day), for four to six weeks, then in small cycles, eight days a month.

Passionflower is non-toxic, it can be used without problems, even by the most fragile people. It can also be associated with other plants: hawthorn when the heart beats too fast, or Eschscholtzia, if sleep is very disturbed. On the other hand, prefer Eschscholtzia in case of night awakenings.

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