Changing Seasons: Herbs for Warmth in the Winter

Just as nature moves in cycles, our bodies move differently through different seasons of life, and different seasons of the year.

When we were younger, our bodies are continually growing and developing. I see this in the perpetual energy of my daughters.

As we grow older, however, we experience changes in our bodies, energy, and mood. We may move a bit slower or feel the aches and pains of pushing our bodies too hard. We may find our patience wears thin or we become anxious and stressed more easily.

As we approach the winter season, we also experience a shift in our bodies, the natural inclination to hibernate in the fridge air. And up here in the north, the winter snows brings retreat into our homes. We stay warm with soups, hot teas, and foods that bring comfort.

How can we protect our bodies as we shift through these cyclical stages, whether it is through the cold months or through life’s stages?

Ginger
I’ve mentioned ginger before. Why is this my #1 go-to herb? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, quelling arthritis. Try my favorite Winter Warmer Tea, recipe below, and let me know what you think!

Devil’s Claw
With a name fit for Halloween, this Goth-sounding herb aides in liver function, reduces heart burn and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppermint and Wintergreen essential oils
Hyped for the winter season, peppermint and wintergreen are easily found this time of year. Both are natural pain relievers, reducing headaches, bloating/gas, and are natural stress relievers.

Boswellia
Sourced from the frankincense tree, Boswellia resin prevents inflammation, pain, and bowel and digestive issues.

As an herbalist and health coach, one of the most frequent questions I hear is, “How much of a particular herb does my body need, and what form do I take it?”

With so many forms of herbs: natural roots, green leaves, capsulated forms, and essential oils, it is easy to be confused.

Contact me to schedule a strategy session to find the right amount your body needs for your needs.

Need something warm for the winter mornings? Try my Winter Warmer Tea, and let me know what you think!

Winter Warmer Tea
Recipe Type: Tea
Author: Botanical Coach
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Serves: 1 cup
Great for warming up on cold days, chasing off winter colds and increasing circulation and digestion.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Bark (or a cinnamon stick broken in half)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Ginger (dried or fresh is fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange peel (fresh or dried)
  • 8 ounces of boiling water
Instructions
  1. Add all of the the herbs to your favorite teapot and cover with 8 ounces of boiling water. Close the lid and let steep covered for at least 15 minutes. Strain and lightly sweeten with raw local honey if desired.
Serving size: 1

Catch the Botanical Coach Live:
As we approach the cold winter months full of temptations, it’s easy to forget that what we eat chemically changes our brains, our bodies, and our emotional health. Join me in person to discover how the powerful relationship between how we feel and the food we eat.  

Mind Body Connection Series: The Food/Gut Connection
Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30pm
Lawrence Library
15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA
As a part of the Mind Body Connection Series sponsored by the Art of Healing Holistic Center, I am thrilled to be offering a session on the connection between the food we eat everyday and how we feel! For more information, visit the Art of Healing Holistic Center.

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Revitalizing the Body: Herbal Remedies for Boosting Energy
The Delicious Aroma of the Holidays