If we track the seasons we realize that the earth regenerates itself on a cycle. What we don't often realize is that our bodies function on the same cycle. In Winter, our energies are held in the deepest part of us- the cold contracted Yin. The warmth of Spring becomes the bridge from the Yin of Winter to the Hot, Expansive Yang of Summer. Late summer comes with the repletion of Harvest- the fullness of Earth's bounty. Fall is the bridge between the Yang of Summer and the Yin of Winter. Our bodies follow closely the energies of the seasons. We store energy in Winter- wrapping ourselves in warm clothing, sipping tea, and protecting ourselves from heat loss. Spring greets us with Earth's Greening- opening upward to propel tender plants toward the sun. Energy within us is humming toward release. Summer is the essence of expanded energy. Our bodies move with endless projects as the Earth sends forth bright colors; vegetables and fruits for consumption; and heat. Late Summer turns the corner as Harvest takes the form of trees heavy with fruit and our bodies replete with indulgence. Fall approaches with its remnants of Summer's bright sun but cooling air- our notification that Winter is just around the corner- ready to begin the cycle again.
We may notice that our bodies follow patterns of illness each year at certain seasons.
That is what Season's Thymes Blog is all about!
Drink plenty of water. Water nourishes you from the inside out. Drink before you exercise or go outside to garden. Don’t smoke. Nicotine constricts peripheral blood vessels and inhibits blood flow to the skin. Age shows early in the skin of chronic smokers. Watch your skin. Inspect it every six months. Take pictures and compare them.
Your Herbal first aid kit should contain:
- Salves: Solidified Blends of Herbs in Olive Oil and bees wax.
- Salve for Bruises: Containing Arnica, St. John’s Wort and Calendula.
- Salve for Burns: Containing Calendula and St. John’s Wort.
- Salve for Cuts: Containing Calendula, Sage, Chickweed, Comfrey and Goldenseal.
- Salve for Sprains/ Strains: Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, and Lavender.
- Dried Herb Blends: For Teas and Infusions on the trail. It is often helpful to make a tea and soak cloths in it to serve as burn, sunburn, or wound compresses. You can also wrap compresses around joint sprains.
- For Nerves: Lemon Balm, Skullcap, Oat Milky Seed, Chamomile, and Mimosa.
- For Pain: Meadowsweet, Passionflower, St. John’s Wort, and Skullcap.
- For Infection: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Peppermint.
- For Sprains/Strains Externally: Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Peppermint.
- Tinctures: Pre-made blends for specific maladies.
- For Antiseptic: Witch Hazel, Goldenseal, and Peppermint.
- For Sprains/Strains: St. John’s Wort, Passionflower, Meadowsweet, Willow.
- For Infection: Goldenseal, Chaparral, and Myrrh.
- For Pain: St. John’s Wort, Willow, Meadowsweet, Lavender.
- You may not be familiar with all of the Herbs mentioned. Your remedies do not have to contain them all. Actually, this is just a sample of how you can formulate an Herbal First Aid Kit. We can have lots of conversations about how to utilize Herbs in the best ways to for you and your family.