As we start to transition into another season, its important that we keep some natural remedies on hand to make the change into Fall a little smoother. When the weather starts to cool down and the days get much shorter, we can sometimes feel a little down as everything around us starts to turn inward. For some, this may manifest as a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
So what's an herb that can help cope with the change of seasons and so much more? St. John's Wort, for sure!
The origin of this herb's name comes from the religious saint named St. John, who was said to represent light. With the cheery, bright appearance of this herb, we can see how it not only symbolizes light but also is medicinally well-known for its anti-depressant qualities in both conventional and alternative health fields.
Along with combating depression, it also helps to relieve anxiety by rebalancing hormones and metabolic processes, which can also result in decreased bouts of insomnia, fatigue and mood swings. For us women especially, this herb is a gold mine as it also reduces mood swings associated with PMS and menopause, as well as relief from pregnancy-related aches and pains.
When used topically as a natural alternative to skincare, it has the potential to reduce inflammation and rapidly heal minor skin ailments like bruises, scars, burns, scrapes and more. For those DIY-lovers out there, St. John's Wort along with Astralagus and White Willow Bark would be a great addition to the creation of a healing balm that you could add to your natural first aid kit!
Doesn't it feel good to have a headstart into the next season?