Are you feeling in need of a gentle pick up this winter, then St John’s Wort may be right for you, whilst we know it helps to lift the mood it also supports our response to viral infections. As the full force of winter hits, the lack of sunshine, daylight hours, being indoors and cold weather can affect our health. St John’s Wort has been well researched, and has repeatedly been shown to help with mild mood imbalances. The research has identified several ways in which the herb may work; it includes inhibiting serotonin reuptake inhibitors which help to keep plenty of the feel good hormone seretonin active in the body.
Sunlight or lack of it has been shown to affect our mood balance. Because St John’s wort can make people more photosensitive, it may increase the beneficial effects of sunshine.
Apart from its effect on mood, St John’s Wort has been shown to help fight certain viruses and bacteria. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties, and can support our skin’s natural ability to heal wounds.
Adding in a herbal supplement with some simple lifestyle changes may ensure you have a healthier winter, those lovely spring flowers will be blooming very soon.