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Winter Medicinals for Your Apothecary

We're about to enter into a transitional state between winter and spring and the information in this post is extremely relevant because allergy season is upon us. *queue eerie music*

The information I'm going to relate to you today will really help you have a smooth transition!

Depending on your local climate, winters tend to be cold and then dry. Here in North Carolina, we've had a little bit of wild winter, to say the least; some days are dry and then other days are warm and even moist so it kind of confuses the body, resulting in dry skin and dry nasal airways so assessing your climate can really help you decide what you need to add to your home apothecary.

Microbiome illustration by Rick Peterson

A Synopsis of the Microbiome System All Year Long & Factors to Consider

The gut microbiome is established within the first three years of life. This is the foundation for your immunological response to any kind of exposure you have whether it's genetic or environmental so making sure you have that strong foundation is crucial.

There was a time in medicine where it was theorized the body was a sterile environment, specifically the esophagus and the fetus, the womb was sterile. The argument was that those certain areas weren't exposed to the outside world; however, science has debunked that entirely and fetuses actually have their own unique gut flora!

In addition to the health of the parents, other factors include the number of older siblings that you have, where you live (urban, rural), and contact with pets and other animals contribute to the immunological response.(1)

There are a few studies and clinical trials on this subject but more need to be conducted.

Listen to Winter Medicinals for Your Apothecary

Recipes & Implementations

Different concoctions like teas and tinctures and especially fermented foods assist with their anti-inflammatory properties, as inflammation is at the base of all dis-ease. Having some sort of microbiome therapy such as symbiotic foods [combination of your prebiotics and your probiotics] can have a therapeutic effect on your microbiome. Fiber makes a huge difference because it helps not only with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, it also acts as a buffer between you and the antigens your body produces for its defense.

There are fermented foods that you can make at home such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha, although the beneficial bacteria isn't as high in kombucha it still helps.

A recipe for allergy tea is included in the fall herbal guide. It's a wonderful combination of goldenrod, echinacea, peppermint, and ginger.

You can also make an herbal chest rub if you're experiencing any chest cold or respiratory discomfort.

If you are in a dry climate I would highly suggest getting a humidifier as added moisture in the house may offset the dryness.

May you continue to be well until the warmer months are here. What has been your go-to lately? We'd love to hear from you!

P.s. - visit the shop for your plant medicine needs




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The herbalist, chemist, and medicine maker at Asili Apothecary, Gloria created this space to facilitate healing and learning for yourself and those around you. The apothecary and homestead is based in Fayetteville, NC. Gloria enjoys time with her family and Mother Nature.

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