Winter Care

We’re approaching winter now. As the fall season wrap up for the year, we experience chilly nights and cold days. The extent of cold depends upon the place we are in. Some experience very cold and some only little cold. Somewhere it rains and somewhere it snows.

I grew up in Kathmandu in exactly similar winter to California though we didn’t have rain over there in wintertime. But similar to here, cold chilly nights, slightly warm sunny daytime. But whatever the extent of cold there is, winter is cold! Also, cold brings another kind of weather to our body. We suddenly need to adjust to cold and hence immunity strengthening herbs are very handy as well as vital. When our body’s immunity system is strong, we are less susceptible to outward cold and flu viruses.

Easy said than done, it’s really a good compromise to stock our kitchen and apothecary with herbal allies. The winter herbs or the immunity boosting herbs once again are Garlic, Ginger, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Chaga, Shitake, Eleuthero, Licorice, Reishi mushroom, Thyme, Tulsi, Chamomile, Calendula, Rose, Rosehips, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Basil, Parsley, Red paprika, Mint. Most of these are culinary or tonic herbs so it’s easy to add in soups, broths, salads; make pesto sauce, chutney, infusions or take as tinctures. The medicinal herbs like Echinacea, Elderberry, Ginger, lemon balm, Anise hyssop, bee balm and lemon wards off against cold and flu viruses so it’s usually a good idea to take them on the first onsite of flu for quick recovery. Turmeric is an antioxidant and a strong immunity builder so taking turmeric regularly whether as tea or a pinch of powder added in warm milk serves the purpose. Honey again is a strong immunity booster and we can take honey frequently in tea or coffee; as herbal honey spread in our toast.

In Ayurveda, ghee is one way to nourish our body and boost immunity. There is also a very supportive therapy of using herbal ghee, ghee cooked in herbs which we can substitute for cooking oil or added in coffee.

Children will love chamomile tea, calendula, lemon balm glycerite, rose honey, elderberry syrup and anise hyssop in combination with lemon balm or chamomile glycerite or herbal infusion added with honey.

Using these immunity supporting and immunity boosting herbs is a great way to prepare our body during winter days. Also eating loads of vitamin C (found in rosehips and oranges), fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and fish are great way to strengthen our body.


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Sej Gurung

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Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Yogini, Writer & nature lover

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