Winter, characterized by its coolness, darkness, and sometimes wind, can be either rainy or dry. To maintain balance during these months, consider embracing the opposite of winter's energetics. Since the season is predominantly cold and dark, introducing warmth and light can be beneficial. Simple acts like enjoying a warm cup of tea, relaxing in a sauna, sitting by a fire, or lighting candles can help achieve this balance.
Here's a suggestion for a warming winter tea to enjoy before settling in for the night. This herbal infusion can warm you up and may help reduce stress. It's a perfect mini ritual for those moments when you need a break from the hectic pace of modern life.*
Holy Basil – Promotes calm and relaxation to help the body prepare for sleep*
Calendula – Lymphatic mover to help your body as it detoxes overnight*
Licorice – Supports stress hormones*
Cinnamon – Warming spice*
Orange Peel – Did you know that just peeling an orange can impact our stress hormones?*
Tart Cherries – Natural source of melatonin*
Chai Spices – Any combination of Cardamon, Cloves, Ginger or Black Pepper are warming and support metabolic health*
To make this tea you’ll need
Infuse the herbs and spices with 4 cups of freshly boiled water for 5 minutes or more. Filter the infused herbs and discard (or save for a weaker batch) and drink as hot as possible. Optional: add sugar, honey and/or a splash of orange juice from the peeled orange for a different flavor and some vitamin C.