Depressed? Before you pop an antidepressant pill, consider growing these plants in your garden. They will not only make your garden look lush, but will also help uplift your mood.
Sunflower: Sunflower seeds are a great source of the antidepressant phenylalanine.
When the seeds in the seed heads start turning brown, cut them along with two feet of the stem. Then hang upside down in a dry, well-ventilated place until thoroughly dry. To consume, soak overnight in water drain, and roast until crisp.
Oregano: Oregano is rich in rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, and quercetin all of which can combat depression. You can only add oregano plants to your salads just like you add mint or basil.
Chamomile: This plant is rich in stress-reducing quercetin and caffeic acid. Chamomile tastes much better in the form of tea, which you can prepare by steeping your garden herbs, chamomile in boiling water for about 10 minutes.
Cherry Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a phytonutrient that stops the buildup of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression. Cherry tomatoes can be good choices for containers, as they will yield more fruit than larger varieties.
Lavender: A garden can be a great aromatherapy treatment. Lavender can be used as an anti-depressant because the scent is so relaxing. Place your plant in an area that gets a lot of sunlight.