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Herbal Musings

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It is also the day when my husband doesn’t complain that I have usedevery pot and pan in the kitchen while he - willingly - cleans up behind me! I also herb up everything: yep I put some nutmeg in my bourbon pecan pie (and a little in my bourbon too).

Spice is so nice: knowing that your family is getting a boost of immunity from their “cinnamon” hot cocoa or from adding a little cayenne to your honey for a nice Hot Whiskey?  Boom. Simple right?

This is my rough guide to adding a littleoomph of herbal wonder to your Thanksgiving festivities and a little bit of a why these herbs are so good for you, too.

Being a slippery herb (demulcent) with lots of mucilage its main job is to heal by coating and soothing any inflammation that is on a mucous membrane. So for folks that have what I consider a “hot” digestive complaint - reflux, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, heartburn or ulcers - the first thing we look at is adding marshmallow root as a cold infusion to coat and soothe. The magic of mending or healing with Marshmallow comes by the coating of the digestive tract all the way from the start of your mouth to your bottom: it is your alimentary canal from top to bottom. I think you might get the picture…. at least I hope so!

Elderberryis an immune tonic and something I like to use for the changing of the season, back to school, for traveling and general wellness.  It’s SWEET so it usually is a remedy that kids actually enjoy and I use these immune-boosting berries in conjunction with other herbs: especially for colds and flus. Elderberry is a simple deep black berry, it is a powerhouse of immunity and can really add oomph and vitality to your day-to-day wellness. It is known to build the immune system, shorten the duration of a cold or flu, help with rheumatism and inflammation, reduce the symptoms and duration of a flare up from the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The berries are also supportive of the cardiovascular system and may help lower blood pressure because they are working on helping with inflammation.

 

Fire Cider is a, no joke, traditional medicine: it is so tasty and the combination of vinegar, infused with powerful decongestant oomp for sinus relief and spicy circulatory movers, makes this an easy go-to for winter wellness. It works with your natural health processes by stimulating digestion and get you nice and warmed up on harsh days or when you feel a little under the weather.
Bone Broth can be incorporated into the diet to meet a myriad of nutritional needs serving as everything from a delicious sipping broth to a beautiful base for more hearty soups and stews. This nutritional powerhouse liquid is chock-full of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium and supports the body to refresh and restore itself. You can use it as a tonic to enhance your immunity and skin! If you are a non-meat eater then just remove the chicken bones and you’ll still receive most of the benefit of the broth.
There are so many bold herbs to access and in so many ways our systems crave these warming and soothing flavors.  Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg star anise, and ginger all create circulatory heat, all are impeccable cocktail additions.

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