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Herbal saviours for a healthy autumn

25th August 2016

Autumn is a time for change. We move from the hot, dry heat of summer into the cool and damp climate of autumn. It’s not just the environment that changes; our bodies also react to the change. We see a rise in damp, congestive conditions that can affect our body as well as our minds. It’s at this time of the year that we often need a motivational boost and protection from the elements.

Here are some top tips about what’s good to keep our body and mind glowing during the autumnal change:

  • Green foods are packed with chlorophyll, a natural antioxidant that helps us fight damaging and ageing free radicals. As chlorophyll is the result of summer’s finest sun rays, its one way of keeping a little sunlight in your life. Some of the best natural sources are green tea and matcha which also boost low energy without exhausting our adrenals. Keep a sachet of Pukka's Supreme Matcha Green or, for that extra energy boost, Pukka’s Ginseng Matcha Green handy for a quick antioxidant boost. 
  • Turmeric is the new superspice making waves at the moment, and for good reason. It’s not only a natural anti-inflammatory, it’s also a potent antioxidant and a strong liver cleanser. It protects from the inside out giving your skin a healthy glow too. Pukka’s Wholistic Turmeric and Turmeric Lifekind supplements contain a high potency organic turmeric hit in a capsule.  
  • All the ‘back to school’ busyness can lead to seasonal stress. As it’s said in Ayurveda, ‘It’s worth digging a well before you are thirsty’, so think about starting a yoga course or practising some daily mindfulness. Taking rejuvenating herbs such as ashwagandha can also be restorative too. This powerful tonic works as an adaptogen helping us adjust more healthfully to the pressures of change.
  • The change in weather might cause an early cold and if you succumb try using andrographis. It’s a potent herb for blowing away any lurgies. Elderberry syrup is also good to protect you from catching a cold. It’s also easy to make.
  • With the change to a darker and cooler atmosphere, it’s common for our energy levels and motivation to dip like the temperature. Keeping an invigorating essential oil, such as rosemary or lavender, to hand to inhale can give the mind the extra boost it needs when we’re feeling a little lacklustre. 

Meet the author

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Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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