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St. John's Wort seasonal remedy

Posted by Isabelle

How to go through the cold and shortest days of winter without feeling seasonal depression?

As days shorten through the autumn until the winter equinox, our exposure to natural light is greatly diminished. It has been thought that humans respond to the shorter days in the same way as animals do, seeking rest and sleep. Equally the natural response and need of our body would be to work less and sleep more. Unfortunately the demands made upon us by society in our life do not been consider such needs and will not allow them. Could this be a trigger for feeling down and tired as soon as winter approaches ?

Due to the high level of photosynthesis that happens when some herbs reach maturity during the longest days of the summer, these herbs are naturally appropriate for use during the winter months. They bring to our cells the vital energy of the sunlight they have accumulated during their growth.
Essential oils of Angelica and Yarrow have a tonifying and balancing action to restore calm and focus. Roman Chamomile loosens emotional ties. Fankincense brings relaxation and peace. And, of course, St John's Wort, reknowned against depression.

To a base of vegetable oil - 80% jojoba, 20% St John's Wort macerated oil - add 2% to 3% of any of the essential oils singly or blended (2% is about 15 drops or 30 ml). Angelica, Yarrow and Chamomile can be strong and overpowering so adding a touch of Bergamot or Orange will lighten the blend.

Apply on the wrist and inhale at will.

Use as a massage oil along the spine or the soles of the feet.