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Banish Autumn Depression

Banish Autumn Depression

Here is some hands-on help for those of us who suffer from the blues when autumn rolls around. In fact, the tips and easy recipes here will help anybody who has occasional spells of mild depression, whether seasonal or not!

Find out these lovely, soothing ways to beat the blues, here:

1. If you think you may have mild Seasonal Affective Disorder, one of the best things you can do for yourself is invest in full-spectrum light bulbs for your home and office. For more information, see Full-Spectrum Lighting.

2. Try to spend at least ten to fifteen minutes outdoors during the daylight hours. Increased time in nature is also very helpful. On weekends, go on an outing to some beautiful, natural spot and enjoy.

3. Eat oatmeal! Oats are great for mood swings, nerves, and depression. Or make yourself a strong infusion of oatstraw (1 cup oatstraw to 4 cups boiling water; allow to steep at least 4 hours if not overnight, then strain and drink).

4. Aromatherapy is a wonderful ally for autumn depression. Here is Colleen Dodtís Uplifting Blend recipe:

20 drops sweet orange essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops lime essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops jasmine absolute essential oil

Combine oils in an amber glass bottle. Add 2 drops to a tissue and inhale, or add 8 drops to a bath. 15 drops blended with 2 ounces of carrier oil may be used for massage.

Youíll notice that the blend makes use of several citrus oils; citrus fruits have wonderfully sunny, brightening scents. If you donít want to buy all the oils in the blend, try using sweet orange only. We can attest to its uplifting properties: when Cait began washing her dishes with an all-natural dishsoap containing oil of orange, she really noticed an improvement in her mood!

5. Be sure to get plenty of exercise, rest, fluids, and mineral-rich foods.

6. Practice smiling: research shows it really helps us to feel more cheerful!

7. Surround yourself with pictures of sunny, colorful scenes. Wear warm, bright colors, and decorate your home with them (see The Colors of Fall).

8. Try some of these Heart-Warming Ideas for Fall.

Read more: Spirit, Guidance, Self-Help

Inspired by The Essential Oils Book, by Colleen K. Dodt (Storey Books, 1996).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:03PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:02PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:02PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:01PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

10:00PM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for article.

1:32PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Thank you

1:23PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

interesting, thanks.

8:07AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

thanks for the ideas & links.

12:39AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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