The Healing Powers of the Sun
🌞 tips on how to connect with nature through the sun 🌞
Did you know that just getting 5-15 minutes of sun on your arms, hands, and face 2-3 times a week is enough to boost overall wellness? For thousands of years, people from all over the world have used the sun to heal or even cure many ailments and illnesses. The main reason behind this is because solar UV light kills bacteria directly and it enables the synthesis of vitamin D. This helps build healthy teeth and bones and is used by our immune cells to produce a chemical called cathelicidin, which kills bacteria.
HERE ARE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH NATURE THROUGH THE SUN:
1. Say good morning to sunshine.
We’re used to hearing about how too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, but did you know the right balance can have lots of mood-lifting benefits? Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of serotonin. Instead of drinking your morning tea inside on the couch, drink it outside if you are able to. Whatever your morning routine consists of, try to take it outside!
2. Let the sunlight in.
If you work indoors, position your desk facing towards a window or take breaks to soak in the sun from a window. You can also invest in a natural wake-up light to simulate waking up to morning light, or hang light catchers in windows to project the sunlight indoors.
- When sunlight hits your skin, your body releases something called nitric oxide into your blood. This compound brings down blood pressure and improves heart health.
- Getting some sun increases your serotonin and helps you avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and sun exposure can also help people with anxiety and depression, especially in combination with other treatments.
- Getting some sunlight on your skin may help you to sleep better at night. Our serotonin and melatonin hormones work in tandem with the sunrise and sunset. Sticking to a wake and sleep time every day can significantly help you nourish those hormones.
We hope you're feeling connected to nature this month and are enjoying watching the earth approach the spring season.
Happy tea time friends!
CHECK OUT SOME BRIGHT & SUNSHINEY TEAS