It's that time of year when we all need a little pick-me-up. Here are some organic treats that will make you smile.

 

1. Breathe in a smile

Some natural herbs and flowers are known to give off scents which make us feel happier and uplifted. In addition to being the sense closely linked to memory, our sense of smell also affects our moods and particular fragrances are commonly associated with different emotions. Rosemary and sage, for example, will give you a welcome energy boost, warding off physical exhaustion and mental fatigue while thyme can uplift the mood and improve mental stamina, which is why these botanicals are in the Uplift & Energise blend of oils in our Mindful Moments range.

 

2.  Make a happy snack...

Certain foods are known to alter our neurochemistry to make us feel happier, and an ideal snack is banana and brazil nuts! Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, fibre, potassium, phosphorous, iron and carbohydrate. This combination helps your body to produce the mood-lifting hormone serotonin. Brazil nuts, meanwhile, are one of the best natural sources of the mineral selenium, which helps to reduce depression, irritability, anxiety and tiredness.

 

3. Or just have some organic chocolate

You don’t need much, but it’s scientifically proven that a small amount of dark chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins and raises your serotonin levels. In a recent study, people who ate 40g of chocolate each day for two weeks produced lower levels of stress hormones and had reduced anxiety levels.

 

 

4. Enjoy a gentle massage

Whether you gently massage organic oil or balm into your own body, or you treat yourself to spa therapies, regular massage is another wonderful way to improve your mood naturally. Studies show that immediately after a massage, the change in our brain chemistry results in reduced anxiety, sadness and anger while the long-term effects are a steadier mood, appetite and improved sleep, memory and learning. Our Body Softening Oil includes uplifting botanicals such as mandarin and geranium oil, which are known to uplift the mood. You can also click here to see our video guide to giving yourself a relaxing facial massage.

 

 

5. Go totally organic

Toxins in our body can affect our ability to produce hormones such as serotonin which lift our mood. Drinking lots of water and making sure you eat fresh, organic food can help to cleanse your body of toxins and make you feel energised and uplifted — with the added knowledge that you’re helping to make the world a healthier place for everyone.