An Herbal Guide to Cool Winter Nights
2 years ago
Allow your morning or evening winter routine to be a place where you can learn and enjoy a warm cup of tea. Researching different herbs and incorporating them into your routines can help you connect to the earth even if there is snow on the ground. Learn about a few herbs and their magical properties to discover how you can include them in your life.
Herbalism for Winter
Herbalism is the practice of honoring and using herbs, spices, and flowers to aid your mind, body, and spirit. Used for thousands of years, herbalism encourages you to become familiar with your natural surroundings and what the earth has to offer. Below you’ll find just a few herbs that you could incorporate into your daily winter routines and kickstart your own herbal practice. When using or consuming herbs, make sure to look for 100% organic and all-natural herbs.
- Chamomile: This enchanting little flower can help you relax after a long day and is often consumed in tea on its own.
- Cinnamon: A familiar aromatic herb to many, cinnamon can help ease an upset stomach. Cinnamon is also associated with luck and prosperity.
- Clove: Clove is another warming herb that can help ease digestive upset. It is often used in protection magic as well.
- Echinacea: This beautiful pink and purple flower is renowned for its ability to aid overall immune health, making it a perfect companion for the cold weather.
- Elderberry: Elderberry is another herb that can be used to help support your immune health. It can be included in teas and is also found in syrups that could be added to other beverages.
- Peppermint: This cooling herb smells and tastes like winter. Peppermint can be used to ease an upset stomach and is a great herb to include in your evening tea. It is also associated with spiritual purification and psychic enhancement.
- St. John’s Wort: This herb can help you feel sunny during the darker winter months and encourages relaxation.
Aromatherapy uses concentrated plant extracts like essential oils and diffuses them to access their benefits. When searching for the right essential oils for you, make sure you find singles or blends that use 100% pure essential oil. If you have pets, it is also important to check which oils can be diffused around them as there are several that animals are sensitive to.
- Cedarwood: Cedarwood is grounding and can help you tap into your divine masculine energy.
- Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon could be compared to Clear Quartz or Selenite in the crystal world. It is associated with luck and can help enhance the other magical properties of other herbs it is paired with.
- Eucalyptus: This purifying plant can be used to cleanse the energy in a space and to enhance your psychic abilities.
- Orange: Orange produces an uplifting scent and is associated with prosperity and abundance.
- Peppermint: Peppermint can be used to clear stagnant energy and protect your space.
- Wintergreen: Similar to peppermint, Wintergreen is another herb that welcomes abundance into your life.
Crafting the Perfect Cup of Tea
Put your herbal skills to the test by creating herbal tea blends for yourself. Intuitively combine the herbs and place them in your tea strainer. When you have boiled your water, allow the herbs to steep in your favorite mug for 5-7 minutes. Creating blends using 100% organic bulk herbs (dried or fresh) is a great way to practice herbalism and remind yourself of the properties of each herb.** Use this time to meditate and tune inward, listening to what your body is asking for at the moment. Enjoy your soothing drink and your newfound herbal skills.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare practitioner before taking St. John’s Wort or other herbals.
**Do not ingest essential oils.