Winter Herbal Wellness

Winter Wellness Class at CSCH with Amber Wood Jan. 15

As the weather becomes cooler and the days become shorter, the world turns inward—and so should we. Taking time to slow down and pay attention to our bodies is essential for wellness throughout the winter months. Winter is also a season when we tend to overextend ourselves during the holidays and with family. It is important for us to take care of ourselves and try to maintain a balance of health during this time.

A healthy immune system is your best defense against viruses you may come into contact with. With cold and flu season just around the corner, we can begin to nourish our bodies and strengthen our immune defenses. Stocking up on herbs and preparing herbal remedies is a great way to connect with our roots and empower ourselves to take control of our own health.

There are many herbal allies that can help us strengthen our immune system to ward off common winter illnesses. Some of my favorites are:

Astragalus: an adaptogenic immune stimulant

Echinacea: a valuable immune tonic that boosts the body’s ability to prevent and fight off infection

Elder: an outstanding ally for colds, fevers, and respiratory conditions

Garlic: an immune system simulant; a topical and internal antiseptic

Ginger: a diaphoretic, warming circulatory stimulant, and anti-inflammatory

Reishi: a powerful immune tonic

Thyme: an excellent antiseptic and respiratory remedy

Yarrow: a marvelous diaphoretic and fever reducer

Join us for a fun and educational Winter Herbal Wellness class where we will discuss these along with other immune boosting herbs. Learn how to use these plants to create medicine that will help keep you and your family healthy throughout the cold and flu season.

Recipes we will explore:

  • Elderberry Syrup
  • Fire Cider
  • Fever Reducing Tea
  • Immune Strengthening Tea

Herbal Winter Wellness Class

When:  Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5:30—7:30 pm

Where:  Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism
 424 East Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO

Cost:  $10

Instructor:  Amber Wood

Contact: amber.wood@clinicalherbalism.com

References: Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. New York, NY: DK, 2016.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. North Adams, MA: Storey, 2008.