The autumnal equinox begins September 22 and ends two months later, on December 21. These dates may vary each year though. Longer nights, decreasing temperatures, and pumpkin spice everything often signal its arrival. In the Valley of the Sun, autumn’s arrival can be quite subtle, especially to the untrained eye.
Look closely, however, and you will see nature unfold into brilliant shades of red, gold, and purple.
Seasonal allergy sufferers are also likely to notice the production and distribution of copious amounts of pollen. This can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, headaches, irritated eyes, and an itchy throat. Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines and nasal sprays can help you find relief.
Other autumn health and wellness tips include:
Drink Herbal Teas
Forego your morning Pumpkin Spice Latte for a steaming cup of herbal tea. Made from herbs, seeds or roots infused in hot water, certain varieties can help relax your mind and body, and soothe your digestive system. Most are also caffeine free! Chamomile, ginger, hibiscus, mint, and rooibos are all good choices. You may even be able to find these herbs combined with green or black tea, which are rich in antioxidants, as well.
Promote Gut Health
As the season shifts, so should your diet. Eating seasonally produced foods like apples, blackberries, butternut squash, Brussel sprouts and other fruits and vegetables that are in season helps support a healthy gut. For the most benefits, look for locally produced, fresh and organic products. Organic food is free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other potentially harmful chemicals.
Look After Your Lips
Dry, chapped lips are common during cooler weather. Keep your lips moist by staying hydrated and applying lip balm. Look for products made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients, such as beeswax or candelilla wax (vegan wax) and essential oils or fruit extracts. Dr. Bronner, Tom’s of Maine, Juice Beauty, and Alteya Organics are just a few brands that manufacturer certified organic lip balms.
Prioritize Self-Care Routines
Whether you choose to take a meditation yoga class, hike to see autumn’s showy colors or just unwind at home with a good book, prioritizing self-care is imperative. Slowing down and making time for yourself is good for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Try implementing acts of self-care into your daily routine; even 15 to 30 minutes can have amazing results.
Your neighborhood health foods store, Crave Healthy Habit Health Foods is committed to selling the high-quality supplements, natural body products, and organic foods to support your autumn health and wellness goals. Stop by today! We are conveniently located on 7th St. and Bethany Home Rd.