The fundamentals of winter health are basic: eat well (low sugar and processed food), consume plenty of water and healthy fats, get your vitamin D, move around outside, and sleep so your immune system, adrenals and nervous system can adapt to stress and maintain balance.
Simple, yet so difficult in winter. Not only is our lifestyle, by nature, going to be different than it is in the warmer months, but exposure to extreme cold will dampen the energy of our vital force. Nothing is left unaffected- our immune system, digestive system, thyroid, circulatory system, nervous system, blood- it will all be “hibernating”, so to speak – still functioning, but slowed.
This slowness that results from cold and affects many things can often by addressed by warming blood. Blood is responsible for ferrying hormonally coded messages and nutrition to their final destinations, delivers waste to be broken down and excreted, and touches every major organ system, bringing heat that inspires function. If left to become too cold, it will be less effective at doing its job.
Plant medicines in well thought out tea formulas can effectively warm blood, and, improve how it flows. They can also have broad reaching affects that help address other deficiencies that might arise as a result of cold.
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In November and December, the Madison Herbal Institute will be holding our monthly herb events at the Pinney Branch of the Madison Library. Each event is free!
On Monday, November 11th, from 6-8 pm., Rose Woods Casey will offer, “Herbal Allies for Winter Ailments”.
Class description: This is a practical class where we will learn about plants that offer relief for those winter time ailments, such as coughs, congestion, fevers, flu aches and pains and sore throats that often show up during the season. We will also take a look at ways to build up your immunity. Learn recipes and simple tips you can easily do at home.
Rose also has a lovely blog, chock full of great information in her warm and wise style. Visit it! http://rosewoods.com/
On Monday, December 9th, from 6-8 pm., I will be doing a demo- “Make Your Medicines- Producing Dried Plant Tinctures and Healing Hands Cream”
Class Descriptions: Winter is a time for hibernation and introspection, but it is also an excellent time to make medicines. Cold is hard on the hands and our health. Come join herbalist Kathy Eich of Red Root Mountain School of Botanical Medicine and the Madison Herbal Institute in learning to make a few tools to reinforce and restore health in winter. The first hour, we will learn to make dried plant tinctures that warm the blood and inspire immunity. The second hour of the evening, Kathy will demonstrate how to make a healing hands cream to remedy the driest of cracked, red skin. Both products will be a welcome addition to your home, and make great gifts.
Come join in the herbal fun. Also, check out the Madison Herbal Institute blog- http://madisonherbalinstitute.org/