Wonderful Winter: Dawn's New Light
~ “O darkest night of Yule’s light,
I come to honor in circle, bright
To contemplate in winter’s glow
This time when new beginnings grow.
To reach as sunlight does each day,
And cast-way shadow, dark and grey”
In the northern hemisphere, the Winter solstice is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south. The winter solstice marks the first day of the winter season, December 21, 2016 representing the longest night and shortest day of the year. At the time of this transition.
We are reminded as to how living our lives along with nature can keep us in optimal health. Optimal health and well-being in winter calls for energy conservation, rest, the revitalization of body and spirit. Here are some wonderful suggestions for having a healthy winter:
Alternative Remedies for Winter
Winter is the season when we need to be more conscious about the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, ears and hair.
The kidneys are associated with bone growth so it is important to nourish the bones through nutritional supplements and daily weight-bearing exercise.
Certain emotional disorders tend to be more prevalent in winter due to the lack of light. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also called winter depression describe a form of depression that occurs in the winter months.
Cold and flu season is more prevalent due to the fact that we are confined indoors throughout the season. Impaired immunity to virus/bacteria, maintaining blood circulation and warmth, ensuring vitality of the lungs and reducing the build up of congestion in the body.
Also, people are more conscious of their bodies after the holidays and therefore, the New Year is a good catalyst to start loosing weight, stop smoking or considering a healthy detox program. Andrew also offers up the best winter survival tips.
Essential Oils for Winter
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis): Juniper Berry essential oil are also found in other winter season oils including pine, cypress and fir needle. It is refreshing, clarifying and uplifting to the spirit.
Orange (Citrus sinensis): helps spreads sunshine on gloomy thoughts and depression, has a very comforting and warming effect and dispels tension and stress and helps revive when feeling low on energy.
Peppermint (Mentha piperata): Peppermint oil is the most extensively used of all the volatile oils, both medicinally and commercially. Brightens any room and also adds to its power of relieving pain and cramps.
Winter Herbal Medicine Chest
Several herbs are effective for treating not only the symptoms of too much winter, but the causes of colds and flu and impaired immunity.
Mullein : Mullein leaf are highly effective in managing upper respiratory congestion and infections. A perfect combination for soothing healing and protecting mucous membranes.
Sage: Sage is a most powerful and effective herb for treating sore throats. The additional effect of stimulating digestion helps to minimize congestion in other parts of the body, making fresh sage a valuable ingredient to winter recipes.
Echinacea : Is use in the treatment of infectious wounds and burns or eruptive skin complaints. It enhances the phagocytic activity of white blood cells- identifying and retiring bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
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Winter: Food For Thought
When eating along with the seasons, there are two elements that should be taken into account. The “nature” of the food and the “flavor” of the food. The nature of the food refers to the foods innate temperature ie: cold, hot, warm, cool or neutral. Eating a moderate amount of all flavors sweet, salty, pungent, bitter and sour can help to keep your body balanced and regulated.
Winter is the greatest of the yin cycle when the daylight is less and the nights are longer. Winter is ruled by the Water element and is expressed in nature, as well as in the body. Fear and depression are more prevalent during this season often due to the passing of seasons, the change in light and the difficulty associated with staying indoors for longer periods of time. Find out how to balance your emotional life with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Detoxifying is the process of releasing accumulated toxins and waste products that build up throughout our system. From birth, we are bombarded by toxins, externally from environmental sources. Internally, our organs give off waste products that accumulate in our body. Imbalanced emotions also play a part in polluting our system with excess chemicals such as free radicals, homocysteine and cortisol.
Sounds of Winter
Music Therapy utilizes music and music related activities to modify ineffective learning patterns, help to promote emotional, mental, social and physical growth. Music is a magical medium and a very powerful tool. Music subtly bypasses the intellectual stimulus in the brain and moves directly to our subconscious. Find music, books and healing tools that are just right for your mood and don’t forget to download Winter MP3s from Andrew’s Winter Mood Playlist.
Crystals for Winter
Winter is the time for being introspective and meditative. Winter is our time to rest and replenish. Because winter is a time of less light and colder conditions, it can also be a difficult time for many people. Crystals can play a part in brightening our nights, improving our outlook and encouraging us to look within, peacefully. Here are my top 10 choices for Winter..
Foot, Hair & Nail Care
Winter is the time when our feet are always covered up. Hair is covered with hats, while dry hands and nails are stuffed into gloves. Sweaty feet, cold feet, uncomfortable boots, shoes that don’t fit, man made boots and materials that wreck havoc on your feet. So, take your shoes off. Find help for winter damaged extremities. Sit back and work on those feet, hands and hair and make them beautiful!
Season: Winter (Downward)
Yin Organ: Kidneys
Yang Organ: Bladder
Sense organ: Ears
Fluid: Saliva (Excess)
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