The chilly mornings and shorter days are the first signs that summer is coming to an end. If you have been feeling drowsy, down in the dumps, or under the weather with the first cold of the season, you may be dealing with a bit of the autumn blues.
That’s right – the autumn blues. Most people are familiar with the winter blues, when the weather is freezing, the days short and dark, and cabin fever at its peak. The autumn blues are similar; summer is slowly coming to an end, and the transition period into fall can be difficult. If you find yourself dragging with the signs of autumn depression, try these three herbs to lift your spirits!
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)
As the temperatures get cooler, you might find yourself focusing more on work at the office or around the house, rather than spending your time outside. Let’s face it: work equals stress! To mellow out and relieve stress, try mixing passion flower with yogurt, tea, juice, or water. Passion flower also works well against sleep problems and is often mixed with other herbs such as valerian, chamomile, damiana, skullcap, and hops to produce an overall calming effect on the body and mind.
Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)
The change of seasons often brings a slew of sickness, from coughs, to sinus congestion, to sore throats, to full-blown colds and flus. Adding galangal to a classic ginger-lemon-honey tea can do wonders to alleviate your symptoms and boost your immune system. Galangal also benefits blood circulation, the central nervous system, memory, and focus.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s Wort is one of the most commonly used herbs to treat signs of depression, mental disorders, nerve pain, anxiety, and sleep problems. Say goodbye to gloomy thoughts by brewing an herbal tea three times a day (1-2 teaspoons of this herb should do the trick). Although the days may be darker, your mood doesn’t have to follow suit!
Note: Always consult a health care professional before using any of these herbs, as they may not be suitable for those who are pregnant, nursing, or taking certain birth control or anti-depressant medication.