Winter is a tough time of year, especially in the north east. With less work, more time indoors, less sun, less money, and constant cold, it is all too easy to fall into those darker thoughts.

There are many ways to deal with the winter blues, getting outside more, increasing exercise, etc. But these tasks become difficult without any motivation to stimulate such activities.

Luckily there is one time tested medicine that has been helping mankind conquer the winter blues for 1000’s of years. And better yet, you have almost certainly heard of it before!! St. John’s Wort is a powerful herb that melts winter blues, as quickly as the sun melts the snow (which can vary depending on many factors :P) . In my experience taking St. John’s wort daily can really pull a Jackie Chan on those sad winter feelings.

Several clinical studies place St. John’s wort on par with the pharmaceutical equivalents. Individuals dealing with mild to moderate depression may be able to experience an alleviation of the winter blues, as much and perhaps even more so than prescription antidepressants, and without the same risk of side effects.

In fact St. Johns Wort is so effective that taking the herb with an antidepressant can cause an overdose, so don’t do it!!! St. John’s Wort also has the same effect with blood thinners like aspirin, so be aware.

When I was suffering with depression, I found a standardized supplement of St. Johns wort, immediately (within an hour) brought me a creative spirit I hadn’t felt in years, and I didn’t even expect that to happen.

Don’t take my word for it, St. John’s Wort has been used for literally over 1000 years, and has prompted millions, perhaps even billions to experience its amazing benefits over the decades.

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Photo by Ben White

If you are experiencing the winter blues there is only one herb that can improve your mood, better than the rest. Learn more about what St. Johns Wort can do for you!

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Photo by Olia Gozha

 

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