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Winter Depression: 5 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of the Gloom

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), winter depression, or seasonal depression–any way you paint it, it is no fun!

As fall deepens into winter and the good cheer of the holiday season wanes, seasonal depression can take root.  For some it may be easy to just shake it off.  For others, it can become more severe.

Either way, here are a few tips to help you weather the winter doldrums:

  1. More Light  The darkness and gloom of wintery days may feel as if they are suffocating you.  Here is where you can flip the switch…so to speak.  Turn on an extra lamp or two.  You may even want to check out some of the light therapy devices that are available.  When the sun does decide to show itself and you are able, bundle up and get outside into the sunshine.  Even if it is just for a few minutes.  Oh, and while you are out there…….
  2. Exercise  UGH, I know that word seems to be way over used!  However, moving your body around is essential to good physical and mental health.  So, get that body moving, indoors or outside.  You don’t have to commit to a long term gym membership.  And you don’t have to have lofty workout goals.  Just take short walks, do some stretching exercises, anything to get the blood pumping.
  3. Lay Off the Sugar  Sugar is so very bad for us!  I can’t think of one good thing about sugar, except for the taste, of course.  The fact is, the roller coaster effect of the highs and lows of sugar can undermine all of our best efforts to loosen depression’s grip.  Your next trip to the grocer, include fruits and lots of them to your cart.
  4. Colorful Clothing Remember those glitzy, blingy outfits you were sporting during the holidays and how they made you feel happy?  If at all possible…add a little bling and a lot of color to your winter wardrobe.  If you feel that you can’t afford many new pieces, make the pieces you do buy colorful and bright!  Accessorize with some fun and bold jewelry! Dress for happiness!
  5. Supplement  Vitamin C and Vitamin D are always great winter time supplements.  But, don’t stop there…Yes, indeed, how could I not make mention of by favorite mood enhancing herbs!  Two of my favorites, and still my go ‘feel good’ herbs is St. John’s Wort and Rose. Both of these wonderful herbs can make all the difference in the world.  At least, they do for me. These can be used separately as tea or a tincture or as a blend. I have found that St. John’s Wort works best if taken as a tincture. However, for mild seasonal depression, the tea works just fine. Rose infused honey could be used to spruce up a cup of Greek yogurt…which could help you over the sugar withdrawals.

You truly have natural options when it comes to overcoming winter depression. Take care of yourself this winter so that you can burst forth like the daffodils come Spring!! Bright blessings!

For St. John’s Wort tincture or the Bliss Tea blend (which includes both SJW and rose) to help you through the bleak winter days, please visit my shop here.

I am not a medical doctor or psychologist. If you suffer from depression or any other mental health issue, please seek appropriate qualified help.  Always consult your primary care practitioner before using any herbs or herbal blends.

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SUNDAY ORACLE: Yemanya (Golden Opportunity)

“Important doors are opening for you right now. Walk through them.”

NOW is the time!  There is nothing more disheartening than to realize you missed an opportunity.  Don’t allow yourself to go there.  A wonderful, life changing (in a good way) opportunity is opening for you right now…..step through that door and see your dreams come true.

Know that the big chance that you have been waiting for, the one you have been preparing for, is here.  Grab hold with both hands!  You are ready, you are qualified, and it is yours for the taking.

Yemanya is a Brazilian goddess.  It is said that she created the sea. You may ask Yemanya for a wish by placing a tiny boat in her sea.  If she grants the wish, the waves will take the boat out to sea.  If she denies the wish, the boat will wash back up on the shore.

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Choose from any one of our tarot readings to help guide you into your new opportunity.

Yemanya

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Calendula (Marigolds)

I love marigolds!  Everyone appreciates these sunny summertime annuals that repel garden pests.  Who knew they had so much of Mother Nature’s healing powers, also?  Well, probably ancient sages and hedge witches and herbalists down through the ages!

Marigolds, known as calendula to herbalists, can be used to make an excellent skin healing cream.  Calendula infused oil is a main ingredient in my skin healing salve. This is my ‘go to’ for insect bites, stings, rashes, and burns.  Not only does calendula heal, it relieves pain and reduces the risk of scarring.

When using the herb itself, an infusion or tea can be used to heal painful gums, mouth sores and ulcers.  This same infusion can be used as a facial rinse for those with acne.  Again, it reduces scarring…this is good news for teens looking for a less chemically induced healing of acne.

Drink calendula tea for breaking up mucus in upper respiratory infections.

Use calendula tincture, made with alcohol, not glycerin, as ear drops for ear infection.  It will help relieve pain and heal the infection.

This lovely summer flower makes a great addition to any herbal medicine chest!

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SUNDAY ORACLE: Aine (Leap of Faith)

“Take a risk, and put your heart’s true desire into action!”

Blessings this Yuletide day!  And what better time to take that leap of faith and begin to follow your passion?!  Winter solstice and a New Moon….what wonderful magick can be wrought at this time.  The goddess, Aine, is here to help you with acting on your heart’s desire.

Aine is a powerful Celtic goddess who can provide you with courage to take the risks necessary to fulfill your dreams.  Call on her this week, today is a great time to start.  She will help you make sound decisions regarding following your true heart’s desire.  Know that your first step is to make the decision to just do it.  Putting it off will NOT help you reach your goals.

Decide where you want to be, then set up a plan of action to get there.  Breaking down your dream life into small steps and goals will help you achieve the life you were meant to live!   Spend time in prayer or meditation with the Divine, allow your intuition to set the pace.  Know that you are on the right path and once you decide to follow your dream the universe will open every door to make it happen for you.

Bright Blessings, dear ones! Have a happy and safe Holiday Season!

**Sunday Oracle is taken from the Goddess Oracles cards by Doreen Virtue.

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CATNIP: It’s Not Just For Cats

Our week began with a look at the Egyptian goddess, Bast as our Sunday oracle.  I thought it appropriate to open a discussion on the herb catnip.  Some may call it catmint.  Of course, most cats love….LOVE the stuff! For my cat, Luna, it seems to have a relaxing effect.  I did have a Siamese cat, Solomon (RIP), who would go bonkers for just a smidge of the nip.  I had to sprinkle it in a huge box and there he would play for most of the day.  At any rate, catnip can be beneficial mere humans as well.

Let me start by saying, if you’re pregnant or think you might be DO NOT use catnip as it can stimulate the uterus and has abortive properties.  Otherwise, catnip is a safe herb for anyone.

Catnip is one of the better choices for insomnia.  A cup of catnnip tea will help you get to sleep and stay asleep without that drugged up feeling. A few drops of tincture will also work.  Other benefits of catnip are:

  • calming anger (catnip has been dubbed ‘nature’s Valium)
  • colic in infants
  • relieves anxiousness
  • excellent sleepy-time tea
  • teething pain in infants
  • menstrual discomfort
  • reduces fever
  • counteracts too much caffeine
  • eliminates flatulence
  • also relieves minor skin irritations and heals hemorrhoids when used externally.

If you have any questions about using catnip, (or any other herb) please do not hesitate to ask.  You can comment here or you can contact me through The Enchanted Leaf store. Click here.

Bright Blessings!