Cold and gloomy winter days are a time of stress, poor sleep, fatigue and depression for many people. Sunlight is waning, and this brings with it a decrease in activity and immunity. Herbs have incredible power at such a time. Growing them yourself or picking and drying them can add to their magic.
Three plants for a good mood
Let’s meet the good mood. A natural antidepressant or an effective aid when sleep is not forthcoming, improving blood circulation and boosting immunity, all these will help us chase away the gloom. And what are these miracle herbs?
- St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- Valeriana officinalis (Valeriana officinalis)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
How does it affect our body?
St. John’s Wort is a perennial herb with bright spots in its leaves that can be seen against the light. The flowers are smaller and sunny yellow. Sipping St John’s Wort tea has an effect on the nervous system and increases levels of the so-called happiness hormone (serotonin). In general, St. John’s wort improves mood, relieves anxiety and depression. Better sleep is ensured by valerian. It is also a perennial herb that helps to calm down, relieves stress from overwork, and is also recommended for headaches or heart palpitations. Valerian is also good for digestion and against bloating. Rosemary is more familiar from Mediterranean cuisine. It is an evergreen herb with a distinctive scent that reliably calms irritated nerves and has a positive effect on digestion. In addition, it strengthens immunity, so important at this time of year.
Everything in moderation
This is also true of herbs. Some herbs cannot be taken long-term or in contraindication with certain diseases or medications. St. John’s Wort can be taken in the bark, which will last a maximum of 6 weeks, then it should be omitted for 3 months. Valerian cannot be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is not suitable for young children and in liver diseases. Rosemary has no restrictions.