Itâs that time of year again. Although winter doesnât officially begin until December 22, Iâm starting to see the first signs of the cold season, and everything that goes along with itâincluding signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the âwinter blues.â Luckily, there is a little-known homeopathic remedy in particular that I use as a natural remedy for the winter bluesâand Iâm going to share it with you.
For instance, the other day I woke up to find a light blanket of snow all over the ground. It was gone later that day, but it was still snow. Not to mention that frost had covered my car windshield. I had to run back inside to get my winter jacket because the temperature started to dip below zero. Pretty soon, it will be wet, cold, and snowy outside every single day! Itâs no wonder why some people experience the winter blues this time of year.
SAD: What Are the Main Signs?
Iâm sure you know the feelings that come with SAD, even if you didnât realize it was an actual disorder. Not only are you consistently in a bad mood, but you may also feel heavily anxious. You canât sleep, but you canât manage to drag yourself out of bed. The lack of sleep and energy means you canât concentrate. I bet youâre also just begging for the sun to shine (or perhaps hoping somebody is going to get you a nice beach vacation this holiday season).
But, if you donât see plane tickets to Aruba under the tree, donât worry. I have a completely safe and cost-effective secret weapon. Itâs called homeopathy.
The Natural Remedy for the Winter Blues
Homeopathy is a 200-year-old medical system that has worked for me for years, especially to treat the winter blues. The remedy that I alluded to in the opening of my letter is pure gold, literally! The homeopathic remedy is made from diluted metallic gold that transforms into an effective homeopathic medicine called aurum metallicum.
I take aurum metallicum since it matches my emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. For starters, people describe me as responsible, ambitious, and serious by nature. Predictably, my winter depression seems to get worse in the cold, and at night. Luckily, I get brief moments of relief during the day when there is a little bit of sun. Warmth and calming and meditative music will also improve my condition. If that sounds like you, then aurum metallicum is likely the remedy for you as well.
Getting Personalized Homeopathy Help
That being said, I recommend consulting with a trained homeopath who can choose the right remedy individualized for your symptoms.
In studies, individualized homeopathy has also been found to effectively treat patients with moderate to severe depression. It also outperformed the common antidepressant fluoxetine, according to research published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE.
Other Homeopathic Remedies for Winter Blues
Other homeopathic remedies often used for seasonal depression include ignatia, kali phosphoricum, natrum muriaticum, arsenicum album, pulsatilla, sepia, nux vomica, rhus toxicodendron, calcarea carbonica, staphysagria, and phosphoric acid (just speak with a specialist at a natural health food store if you have trouble remembering the remedy names).
Homeopathy: The Most Affordable Cure
Try homeopathy for yourself this winter season. You may be surprised just how effective it can be. The remedies wonât break the bank either. I spend about $7.00 on my aurum metallicum. In general, homeopathic remedies will only set you back between $5.00 and $10.00. Trust me on this oneâit will definitely be money well spent and will surely bring some happiness to clear your winter blues!
Sources for Todayâs Article:
Locke, A., Encyclopedia of Homeopathy: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to Homeopathic Remedies and Treatments for Common Ailments (New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2000), 212.
Balch, J., et al., Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies Including Diet, Nutrition, Supplements, and Other Holistic Methods (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004), 487-488.
Macias-Cortes Edel C., et al., âIndividualized Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Severe Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMDEP-MENOP Study): A Randomized, Double-Dummy, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial,â PLOS ONE, 2015; 10(3): e0118440, March 13, 2015, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118440.