Using Herbs To Keep You Warm During A Winter Storm
Did you get hit by all those wild winter storms? Here at our home on Mt. Hood in Oregon, we had 21 inches of snow fall; places west are covered freezing rain. Jack Frost has certainly had his way with us all here, February 2021. Snow & ice covering places like Texas that are ill-prepared to handle such weather. Weel, we're here to help. I want to share some delicious ways you can use herbs to keep you warm during a wild, crazy winter snow storm.
Herbs are amazing, especially the common culinary ones in your kitchen cabinet. The plants we talk about in this episode are commonly available and might already be in your kitchen. Some of the specific plants are Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), and Cayenne (Capsicum annuum). But how do we get these delicious herbs in our bodies? We getting in our kitchens and mix them up with still more killer ingredients like turmeric and black pepper, maple syrup and cardamom. We’ve got some tasty recipes to talk about like ginger tea, Curry, Golden Milk, hot cocoa that’s actually good for you and this 10-Spice Soup that will be a staple in your cold weather kitchen rotation (I know it is in mine!).
And bonus prize: did you know that chocolate has a whole host of health benefits? Yeah! Two great friends of mine, Dr Orna Izakson & Dr. Melissa Berry --both naturopathic doctors in the Portland area-- did a webinar all about it. Dr. Berry is the owner of Missionary Chocolates, the best vegan chocolate company in the land. Dr. Orna is a practitioner & educator. You can find out more about her practices here.
If you’d like to go a deeper look at how herbs can warm you up, inside and out, check out Episode #25 of this podcast, called “Herbs to Rev Your Digestive Fire!” I go into a lot more detail on some of the medicinal benefits of some of the herbs, but, be warned, it might leave you feeling a little hungry in the end so that's my fair warning, then.
Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic doctor, or other health practitioner. There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com, including Bobcat Balm & the delightfully tummy-warming Chaga Chai tea Use code THP15 at checkout to receive 15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
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