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Essential oils: postcard no. 5 in a series of 10. © The Food and Mood Project 2005

This self-help information is not intended as an alternative to medical advice

TRY THIS: Eat oil-rich fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon, trout, pilchards, two or three times each week. A daily fish oil (or linseed or hemp oil) food supplement will also boost levels of brain-enhancing omega-3 oils. See how you feel after a few weeks.

What helped me was adding nuts and seeds to my diet – I keep a jar in the kitchen next to the kettle so it’s easy to remember’.Food and Mood Survey participant