Teas for Depression Support

These calming teas support your nervous system.

February/March 2017

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Tea can be a gentle yet effective support for depression, and the act of preparing and sipping tea is therapeutic. In the recipes at right, which all call for dried herbs, “1 part” can be a teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, or more depending on how much of the tea blend you wish to make.


Vascular Support Tea

Improve oxygenation and blood circulation to the brain and throughout the body.

• 1 part Ginkgo biloba leaf
• 1 part gotu kola (above-ground parts)
• 1 part hawthorn berries
• 1 part yarrow (above-ground parts)
• 1⁄2 part ginger root

Rejuvenating Tea

Nourish, soothe, and uplift the nervous system.

• 1 part milky oat tops
• 1 part nettle leaf
• 1 part lemon balm leaf
• 1 part ashwagandha root
• 1⁄2 part rose hips
• 1⁄2 part lavender flowers

Antidepressant Tea

Calm and boost the spirit with nervine herbs.

• 1 part Saint John’s wort (above-ground parts)
• 1 part lemon balm leaf
• 1 part milky oat tops
• 1⁄2 part chamomile
• 1⁄2 part lavender


1. Chop and mix herbs, and then pour 8 ounces of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of tea blend.

2. Cover and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, or up to 4 hours for a stronger infusion.

Read more about depression support here:

All About Herbs for Seasonal Depression
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Marlene Adelmann is an herbalist and the founder of The Herbal Academy, which is an international school of herbal arts and sciences that offers online training programs and serves as a meeting place for Boston-area herbalists.