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The effects of Sessional Affective Disorder (SAD) on our mental wellbeing

We are now in the thick of the winter months, colder weather increases bitterly as sunlight hours decreases. It becomes prevalent  to take extra care of your mental health and general wellbeing as studies have shown that the most depressive months in the UK tend to be January and February.

An increasing amount of people now manifest behavioral and physiological changes in response to seasonal changes in daylength with some having major depression episodes in the autumn and winter which naturally  decreases approaching  spring and summer months. Defined as Seasonal Affective Disorder, symptoms of SAD include changes in appetite, body pains, constant headaches, weight fluctuations,  changes  to sleep and  social interactions and much more.

October through to March sufferers experience the heightened effects of SAD, the coldest, darkest places during the winter seem to have the highest number of sufferers. It is even believed by scientists that many more people suffer with SAD than have been diagnosed, as many attribute symptoms  to mere ‘winter blues’ however without further examination symptoms could be ascribed to something much more serious. Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can boost your immunity against SAD and other seasonal disorders. There are many medical Herbs that can support you through these sad months of  stress, depression, and anxiety.

Here at the Tree of Eternal Life with have over 150 loose herb teas, culinary herbs and spices, from the around the continent of Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe.  We have compiled a list of our products that through studies have minimize the effects of SAD. We currently sell a selection of herbs best to support the effects of SAD. Below are some herbs that can be found at our store to support and suppress the feeling of stress, depression, and anxiety.

  • Lavender
  • Valerian Root
  • Passionflower
  • Turmeric
  • Chamomile
  • Ashwagandha
  • John’s Wort
  • Lemon Balm


You can buy our Alkhemist range of  herbs, spices, roots and powders at our store Tree of Eternal Life, 124a West Green Road, Tottenham N.15 5AA, 0208 800 3114 or on our website

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