Summer plants & fall roots nourish winter bones 🙏
What happens to the bear who does not eat her fill of berries over the summer? What happens to the salmon who don't make their upstream pilgrimage to spawn? Likewise, what happens to the human who lives in a temperature controlled environment, who never puts her bare feet on the earth, who doesn't know that the work of fall is to harvest the roots & the work of winter is to sleep & dream? Or, who knows it but ignores it (read: me).
We get sick (read: me again)!
How not to get sick? Follow nature's queues! During this season, our bodies crave deep, restorative rest and quiet nurturing. Root medicine/food, fats. Warming herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom to stoke the internal fire 🔥, warming bitters to stimulate swift digestion of the heavier foods we eat during this season. Baths, saunas, fires. A heat source. Warming body oils like mugwort oil (for technicolor dreams) or cottonwood oil, lavender dream pillows for restful sleep. Infusions & decoctions.
So, a note to self (and you too, if you need it) over the holidays: continue your good practices, stoke the fire, & allow yourself to stay under the covers. Leave the dishes, they can wait. Minimize the to-do list to absolute bare bones! Spend time with those you love. Permit surrender in whatever way you can.
((Annnnd this one is especially for me & all the other hardworking herbalists and caregivers out there :: hey dreamers & mothers, what do ya say we start following our own advice! 😂 We overextend to help others but often don't take the time to care for ourselves. Why is that? 🤔🤔)) ❤️❤️
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