photo: Adriana Ayales

It's a depression that comes at the same time every year. Most people associate Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms with wintry, cold months, yet it can come up anytime during any season. It depends on your body clock and the memories you have for that time of year. It doesn't matter if it's sunny outside or there's a terrible storm, it's simply a seasonal state that arouses a negative internal dialogue that spirals into your life.

Experts aren’t sure what causes SAD. Studies have shown that it seems to be caused by a lack of sunlight, vitamin D, and essential nutrients provided by simply not being in the presence of nature. 

If you have SAD, you may feel grumpy, moody, or anxious; eat and crave unhealthy foods (lots of empty carbs like bread and pasta); gain weight; have trouble concentrating and staying focused; you sleep, yet you are still tired.

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A lack of light may upset your "biological clock," which controls your sleeping and waking pattern and overall circadian rhythms. This generally depletes serotonin, a brain chemical that makes us feel good. Having a lack of serotonin in general makes us restless, unmotivated, feel down — lack of mojo, if you will — and not excited about life. Most of our receptors are in our gut, and of course in our mind. Yet if we charge up our gut with nutrients that boost serotonin receptors, we naturally will change our mind and feel exquisite. People will love you and gravitate to you more when you radiate this chemistry in your aura.

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Humans are such beauty- and love-oriented creatures. The inner glow is a garden that we must keep up with on a daily basis to truly reap the results of beauty and radiance. The herbs and potions that are usually recommended to prevent these SAD states naturally fall under the category of beauty elixirs as well. Chemically speaking, this group tends to contain a mega load of vitamin C, phytonutrients, vitamin D, serotonin enhancement, and oxygen for the blood. 

It is always best to deal with these temporary SAD states naturally. Know that vitamin C and seratonin boosters are natural vitamins that can kick off winter blues. Try this recipe so you can be in balance and enjoy the bounty of the universe.

Recipe: Feel Good Potion

1Tsp. Cacao Powder

1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder

1Tsp. St. Johns Wort Extract

Handful goji berries

1 Frozen banana

1 Cup of almond milk (or other nut milk)

Blend all together and enjoy!

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Recommended from our apothecary for SAD:

* Curam Beauty Elixir: a potent vitamin C elixir that will boost essential nutrition and potent anti-aging properties.

*Euphoria Elixir: an aphrodisiac and joy tonic

Adriana Ayales is a Founding Creator and botanist. When she's not writing for, you can find her at the apothecary Botica & Co. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.