September 25 2017
We have arrived at the Autumn Equinox. Things will cool down and the days will become a bit shorter and we will have a tendency to stay inside a bit more. This is a time when a lot of people kind of slow down, in movement and in function. Our immune systems have to work on overdrive a little bit sometimes in order to protect us from illnesses that tend to pop up around this time of year due to less activity and more people being huddled inside due to the cold weather. With our bodies working at a higher capacity than usual and because of this we are much more likely to burn out and because of this, all the viruses and bacteria that our bodies are trying so hard to fight off will finally have a chance to do some damage to our immune systems! Not only that but for those who suffer from mental illness, the end of summer is also the start of when seasonal affective disorder comes around and makes it just that much more difficult to feel motivated to do just about anything. Sometimes we need a little bit of a natural boost.
One of the key elements that play into seasonal affective disorder is a lack of vitamin D as explained in one of my previous articles titled Why am I S.A.D? and how vitamin D helps with serotonin production in the brain which is the chemical our brain produces that essentially helps us feel emotionally stable. Two big reasons why we tend to get sick and exhausted in the colder months is actually because we tend to all huddle in together indoors during a time of year where our immune system is more exposed to harsher elements leaving it more vulnerable. Those two elements combined will eventually lead to high bacteria content wherever people tend to gather. The best way to prevent any sluggishness and depressive state is with self-love and efficiency. This is why it is important to keep some sort of physical activity going during the autumn and winter coming up. Keeping active will help with balancing your energy levels as well as your blood circulation which as a result will help you be able to maintain your vigor during the colder parts of the year. Another, creative way to keep warm is to massage your body with a carrier oil (almond oil should do the trick) with a warming essential oil such as ginger, cinnamon, black pepper or nutmeg. It is also important to load up on vitamin C during this time of year as well as many plant based illness preventing medicines like echinacea and/or reishi mushrooms to keep your immune system balanced. You might also want to disinfect your home with essential oils like lavender, tea tree oil and/or lemon so your environment will be a little more pathogen free. The end of summer does not have to mean the end of your energy source for the year. All it takes is a little bit of personal motivation and plant medicine knowledge and nothing can stop you from continuing to be productive and vigorous throughout the season.