Winter Remedy Guide
Winter has fully set in. The solstice has passed and we are fully in the grips of cold temps. At times it seems hard to truly get warm.
Too often winter is viewed as one of the most difficult times of the year to nourish our heath. It is common to struggle with immune issues, lack of energy, depression and stress. Winter is the time of the year when the natural world rests and regenerates, however in modern society we do not allow ourselves the rest we need and are out of alignment with the world around us.
Nourish yourself in winter by taking the time to slow down, to rest, and reflect. Find opportunities to breathe the crisp fresh air and appreciate the beauty of the season. Integrate warming and tonic herbs into your daily routine. Nourish your mental health by focusing your thoughts and vision. Multitasking and taking on too much at one time increases stress. Remember to let the light in. Create your own light by inviting friends over for a shared meal with warm candle light.
The pre-ordred winter wellness share shipped last week. But there are still a few left in shop. The Winter Remedy Guide describes each remedy in the share and how to use it.
Winter Remedy Guide:
1. Herbal Cough Elixir: A soothing and delicious blend of ginger, chamomile, elecampane root, and licorice root infused in brandy and sweetened with local raw honey. Ginger will warm a body chilled by weather or flu while thinning mucus to support expectoration. Ginger acts as a synergist in herbal blends, making other herbs more effective. Licorice is a soothing demulcent. The anti-spasmodic properties of licorice relieve painful unproductive coughing. In Ayurveda, licorice is used for any inflammation in the mucus membranes. Elecampane is traditionally used for the respiratory system. Elecampane is effective at clearing up congested coughs. While chamomile is soothing, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory. Local raw honey add sweetness and has long been used as a natural remedy for sore throats and coughs.
Take 2-3 teaspoons as needed to relieve coughing and congestion.
2. Mullein & Thyme Herbal Extract: Mullein and thyme infused in non-gmo organic cane alcohol combine to create a tasty herbal extract to help support your respiratory system during the winter months. Mullein is traditionally used to tone the lungs and treat coughs, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments, while aromatic thyme has anti-bacterial properties.
Mullein and thyme herbal extract can be taken daily, 15-30 drops three times per day in water or tea.
3. Sage & Licorice Throat Spray: An herbal extract made from licorice, fresh garden sage, and Echinacea infused in non-gmo organic cane alcohol. Licorice is soothing and demulcent. Sage has traditionally been used to relieve many cold symptoms. Sage is anti-microbial, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory. Sage is very helpful for sore inflamed throats. Echinacea is an immune stimulant and modulator traditionally used by North American plains people for hundreds of years for symptoms in the throat and mucus membranes. Herbalist Stephen H. Buhner (2012) recommends direct contact at the back of the throat with Echinacea for bacterial infections like strep throat (Buhner 2012).
Spray towards the back of the throat as needed.
Buhner, S. (2012). Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing
4. Mabel’s Love Elixir: A warming circulatory elixir made from rose petals, damiana, hawthorn berry, cinnamon, and cardamom infused in brandy. A long time symbol of love and beauty, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rose is considered warming and helps promote the movement of Qi (life force energy). Damiana is a superb tonic for the nervous system and has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, likely due to its effect on the nervous system and ability to relieve anxiety and tension. Hawthorn berry supports the heart and the circulatory system while cinnamon and cardamom are warming and aromatic. Sweetened with local raw honey.
Use Mabel’s Love Elixir to warm a chilly evening. Take directly from the spoon or add to a cocktail.
Note: Mabel came to Hells Canyon on New Year’s day 1940. The day Mabel arrived she met Celia’s brother, Wes; They were married 3 months later. While I doubt any herbal elixir was involved, this delicious remedy was named for Mabel and the warmth of human companionship in the cold winter.
5. Roots & Rose Masala Chai: Sitting down to a steaming cup of herbal tea is a great way to take a break each day and nourish yourself. Roots & Rose Masala Chai is a warming, spicy, winter time favorite. Full of adaptogenic and immune boosting herbs to help build your body’s resilience in times of stress. The spicy chai is balanced with earthy sweet rooibos and soothing rose and lavender florals. Masala Chai is typically steeped in milk and sweetened with honey but can also be made with water.
Use 1 tablespoon in 8 oz water or your favorite type of milk. Simmer for 15 minutes. For extra spice add fresh ginger slices. Sweeten with honey, maple syrup, or Turmeric and Black Pepper Beehive.
6. Black Pepper & Turmeric Beehive: Turmeric is renowned as for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has been studied extensively for ‘anti-cancer’ actions. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its bright color and the component most often credited with its healing abilities. Turmeric is most effective if combined with black pepper. Black pepper increase the bioavailability of curcumin. Most traditional turmeric recipes also include black pepper. Turmeric and Black Pepper Beehive can be used daily. Consume straight from the spoon, or make golden milk or turmeric tea. Blends perfectly with Roots & Rose Masala Chai. You can also add Turmeric and Black Pepper Beehive to raw apple cider vinegar to dress a salad or over rice.
Turmeric Tea Recipe
1 spoonful Turmeric and Black Pepper Beehive
For each cup of tea add a spoonful of Turmeric and Black Pepper Beehive to hot water. Stir until dissolved and add a big squeeze of lemon. Enjoy.
7. Anahata Serum: A herbal infused topical aromatherapy serum which opens and balances the heart chakra. The heart chakra is the part of us where our true self resides. Anahata serum offers support when you are on a rollercoaster ride of emotions or when you are struggling with decisions. Anahata serum strengthens and gladdens the heart and can bring stillness to allow you to hear more clearly. All essential oils in the serum have an affinity for the heart chakra and were blended with thought and intention.
St John’s Wort infused sweet almond oil brings sunlight from the summer solstice, reducing moodiness, irritability and melancholy. Rose absolute helps you maintain focus and attention on your heart chakra. Rose encourages kindness compassion and tolerance while reducing stress, worry, and anxiety. Cardamom essential oil integrates all that is happening around you and helps you determine which feelings are yours and which feelings have been imposed upon you. Allow the vibration of Elemi essential oil to assist during times of change. Elemi can help you get in touch with deep feelings and find healthy ways to communicate those feelings. The fiery vibration of black pepper burns away negative emotions by shining a bit of light into the darkness. Patchouli essential oil is uplifting and strengthens your sense of self.
To use Anahata Serum, set your intentions and lovingly apply to your temples, back of neck or soles of your feet. Breathe deeply and exhale fully.
8. Mabel’s Salt Bar: Mabel’s salt bar is a more feminine version of the Salt Creek Bar. Salt bars are very hard bars and have astringent and purifying properties. Mabel’s salt bar is made with coconut oil, rose clay, Himalayan sea salt, and scented with litsea and lavender. Enjoy in the shower or at the sink. If kept dry, Mabel’s Salt Bar will last a long time.