Ezekiel 47:12 (NIV):
- “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.“
As the crisp autumn air settles in and the winter chill approaches, our bodies often require extra care and attention to stay healthy and resilient. Instead of reaching for over-the-counter medications, consider the incredible healing potential of herbs and herb tinctures to boost your immune system, alleviate common ailments, and keep you feeling your best during the fall and winter months. God is the creator of this audacious machine called the human body. It is rightfully fitting that we go to the book inspired by Him to understand how to properly care for it. It’s like taking your computer to Walmart to get the parts for repair or taking it back to Apple. There is a difference. The parts tend to last a lot longer when we seek them from the manufacturer. Let’s take a look at some of this season’s herbs and the properties that may help to support our systems.
Seasonal Herbs for Fall and Winter:
1. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea):
- What it does: Echinacea is a well-known immune system booster. It helps the body fend off common colds and flu by enhancing the production of white blood cells.
- How to use: Echinacea tinctures can be taken regularly throughout the season to support overall immune health.
2. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra):
- What it does: Elderberry is celebrated for its antiviral properties. It can help reduce the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms.
- How to use: Elderberry tinctures are great for preventing and managing viral infections.
3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale):
- What it does: Ginger is a warming herb that aids digestion and soothes nausea, making it a valuable ally during the holiday season.
- How to use: Ginger tinctures can be taken to support digestion or combat motion sickness.
4. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita):
- What it does: Peppermint is a natural decongestant and can help alleviate symptoms of colds and respiratory congestion.
- How to use: Peppermint tinctures are useful for clearing sinuses and soothing sore throats.
5. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris):
- What it does: Thyme is known for its antimicrobial properties and can be helpful for respiratory infections and coughs.
- How to use: Thyme tinctures can be used to soothe respiratory discomfort.
This Saturday, September 16th we have a double whammy for you. At Life Force Wellness Center in Elizabethtown, KY, we will be conducting an herbal tincture and tea class. In
this class, you will learn how to create seasonal teas that can aid with calming anxiety, boosting your mood from seasonal depression, assisting with upper respiratory issues due to colds, and so much more. Then part II is our Cooking with Herbs class held at our farm-to-table cooking studio, Cleangoodeats, located in Radcliff, KY, where we will be teaching you the culinary side of herbs and how to infuse flavor and wellness into your diet. Here are just a few of the reasons we love herbs so much.
The Importance of Herb Tinctures:
- Gentle Healing: Herb tinctures offer a gentle and natural approach to healing. They work in harmony with your body’s innate mechanisms to promote wellness.
- Customized Solutions: Tinctures allow for precise dosing, making it easy to tailor remedies to your specific needs.
- Reduced Side Effects: Compared to many over-the-counter medications, herb tinctures often have fewer side effects and are less likely to lead to dependency or resistance.
- Holistic Approach: Herbs not only address symptoms but also support overall health and well-being. They often contain a variety of beneficial compounds that work synergistically.
- Sustainability: Growing your own herbs or sourcing from local, sustainable producers reduces your environmental footprint and supports the local economy.
As we navigate the fall and winter seasons, it’s comforting to know that nature provides us with a treasure trove of healing herbs. By incorporating herb tinctures into your wellness routine, you can boost your immune system, alleviate common ailments, and enjoy the holistic benefits of natural remedies. Join us as we embrace the power of herbs and nurture your well-being this season. Make your reservation for class here.
Sakinah Bunch, ND, INHC
Doctor of Naturopathy
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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