DIY: Winter Mood Boost Extract

Winter Mood Boost Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs

Here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters are spent under thick pillowy blankets of clouds that shower us with misty rains. These clouds diffuse the sun’s bright light into a glowy haze that casts gray hues over our world for months at a time.

While some of us revel in its beauty,  sun lovers and out-of-towners often find this combination of dark, wet, and cold to be really difficult, bringing out feelings of hopelessness that the sun will ever shine again! Of course it will return to warm us up, but in the meantime, going for hikes or doing yoga, keeping an eye on Vitamin D levels, using full spectrum lighting, and getting plenty of sleep can help us continue to feel our best.

Herbs can also be helpful to us! This formula is really nice to have on hand because it blends warming, uplifting, and relaxing herbs that can help alleviate the occasional winter blues we all feel from time to time.


Winter Mood Boost Extract

1 part organic St. John’s Wort tincture

½ part organic Lemon Balm tincture

½ part organic Hawthorn tincture

½ part organic Kava Kava tincture

¼ part organic Ginger tincture

Mix all tinctures together in a bottle and shake well. I like to take about 30 drops 1 to 2 times a day for up to 1 week, or less as needed. It’s always a good idea to take a small amount first, sit in silence, and feel how the herbs effect your body. It just might bring a little sunshine to your gloomy gray days!



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