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Serotonin is an essential neurotransmitter that is good, but can be bad. It responds to stress, both physical and emotional. Research has shown that when 5HT serotonin levels are elevated we see increases in psychosis, mania, depression, anxiety, mental retardation, autism and Alzheimer’s. When the used and stored serotonin (5HIAA) levels are low research  finds higher incidences of suicide, arson, violent crime, insomnia, depression, alcohol abuse, impulsive acts with no concern for punishment, reckless driving and exhibitionism.

The delicate serotonin levels should not be chemically altered, but by natural methods both with activities, foods, and herbs, balance can be achieved.  We have several teas that are medicinal as well as tasty.  One of these, is our Serotonin Tea.  The herbs contained in this tea are said to help support healthy serotonin levels naturally.  

St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort contains important compounds that help with the neurochemistry of the brain. St. John’s Wort is known to help  depression, and combat anxiety and mood swings.  It also aides in enhancing metabolism, and helps regulate the internal clock to battle sleeplessness. It can also lessen physical pain due to sore nerves or muscles when exercising- a little St. John’s Wort can be relaxing. [1]

Eleuthero Root
Eleuthero root, also known as Siberian ginseng, is an Adaptogenic herb, which means that it adapts to what the body needs.  It is known to  improve normal mental clarity and emotional stamina during stressful situations. It helps with sleep and supports immune function, and boosts physical strength and stamina while supporting mental alertness and memory.  It is also good for exhaustion and vitality.

Gingko is great for the circulation and for the brain. According to a Pub Med study in October of 2013, Ginkgo Biloba normalizes stress-elevated alterations in brain catecholamines, serotonin, and plasma corticosterone levels. [2]  

Milk Thistle
Helps to strengthen the liver which is important for moods.  The liver has to process our emotions and hormones, so whenever our liver is congested, it can affect our mood.

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[1] Balch, Phyllis A. (2010). Prescription for nutritional healing: The a-to-z guide to supplements, 5th ed., Avery Publishing Group. pp.108,122,123, 125, 130.
[2] PubMed: 12957329,  Eur Neuropsychopharmacol,  2003, October,13.


About the Author

Amy Willis M.H.

Master Herbalist
Amy is the Owner and Founder of Herbs4You. She is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing. Amy has 30 years experience with herbs and 15 years experience muscle testing.