Stock Your Winter Herbal Apothecary – Traditional Medicinals
Traditional herbalism is inextricably intertwined with the seasons. The shifting tides of hot to cold, harvest to hibernation, and light to dark guide us to the plants and healing protocols best suited to our needs any time of year. Whether our seasons are indistinguishable, or extremely dynamic, it is undeniable that for those of us in the northern hemisphere, we are entering the time of year when night outlasts day; the winter months.
Traditionally, this time of year is dedicated to going inward. We watch as small critters gather stores of nuts and bedding, and the animals and plants retreat underground, seeking warmth and quiet. It is a time of preparation, an opportunity to arrange our spaces –and our herbal apothecaries, with items that will support us through the coming months. For winter, this means supporting immune system response through herbs and medicinal mushrooms, tending to our respiratory system, and comforting ourselves with warming rituals and nervous system support.