Medicine of Winter
The Medicine of Winter
There is this beautiful thing about the medicine of Winter.
It's the season that resets us - asking us to recalibrate
and return us to what's important.
The dark and cold invite us to slow it down,
enter into that cave of intimate silence, and gaze deep into the fire to remember just what, ignites, our Soul.
Our True, Purpose, for being Here.
For it is indeed Winter, that teaches us that we, and we alone,
are entirely responsible for fueling and cultivating our own inner light.
(meaning, happiness/contentment/love/joy - it’s all an inside gig.)
And, it is no coincidence that this is the season that can totally make us feel boxed in.
For it is a time we are truly confronted with the "life-out-of-balance" paradigm that places the emphasis on what your are doing, instead of who you are being.
This is the core malignancy of our society.
Life out of Balance, is the deepest wound of our collective ails.
During this time, in the most magical of seasonal opportunities,
we are often forced into working against her rhythm.
And when that happens when we don’t get into the flow of Winter?
Well, in her grand feminine way, Mother Nature, can make sure, that we chill-the-F-out, anyway. Throwing us into a pit of seasonal depression or knocking us out with illness and flu.
This, season, can be Yours…
a miraculous time of greater connection and restoration to your own Sacred Nature.
Or it can kick your ass.
It's actually a choice point.
A time to come into presences, and ultimately to set the tone for who you choosing to Be in the year to come.
Make little spaces for the silence and solitude this season.
Listen for the whispers,
of that which is beckoning.
And tune to the rhythms,
of that which is being asked.
WAYS TO WORK IN RHYTHM WITH WINTER:
Create spaces for silence and solitude with yourself.
And with those you love. Try and take at least one day a week for a sort of Sabbath. Getting off digital things, getting out of shopping centers. Get out in Nature. Get into Nurture. Yourself, and those you love.
Keep your immune system supported:
Zinc is an important mineral depleted in the cold temperatures and necessary to heal our our tissues and “skins” in and out. Oysters are off the chart in their zinc quotient. Pumpkins seeds are high as well. But nowhere near as high as oysters.
Echinacea is my favorite tincture to take regularly and liberally during the Winter season - best BEFORE the onset of something. But in an acute situation (something coming on), a dosage every one to two hours can really help if not resolve the situation entirely. A DOSAGE according to herbalist Susun Weed, is one drop for every two pounds of body weight. A DROPPERFUL has about 25 drops. So a dosage for someone between 100 and 150 lbs would be 3 droppers full. As a preventative, about 2x/day. Amp that up to every hour or two, at the sign of something and only peel back, when you start to notice the situation resolve. Echinacea is an herb that can be taken long term. It’s most cost effective to make your own.
KEEP YOUR MOOD BOOSTED:
The little Sun, the cold, the dark can really impact the mood. There is nothing wrong with this, and do not make yourself wrong for having a bit of seasonal blues. Sometimes, it is the downswing that helps us learn where we need to self correct and give better attention to our Spirit.
However, instead of thinking you should be made of extraordinary resiliency, it makes sense to address mood from a holistic level - and proactively during Winter.
Protein is the food source that makes our neurotransmitters - our inner pharmaceuticals - the happy, libido, and sleep inducing chemicals - are all made from the raw material of protein. If happy, libido and sleep are all on a low, the first thing to go to - and often the easiest fix, is protein. With each meal.
Get Sun when you can between the hours of 10am and 2pm (though most live in latitudes where we cannot get adequate sunlight to manufacture vitamin D during the Winter months. So even though just getting in the Sun hold energetic importance - we want to consider supplementing with a quality Vitamin D.
Most are deficient, but overdosing on vitamin D is no laughing matter. So, do a yearly Vitamin D lab test to see how deficient you are, and take action from there. In high normal range, is where you want to be.
ONBOARD THE MOOD BOOSTING HERBS
Nature’s natural prozac is St John’s Wort - known as the Bringer of the Light.
St John’s Wort is a powerful ally when used appropriately (however CONTRAINDICATED for anyone currently on anti-anxiety or anti-depression meds).
Rhodiola (energizing and good for lungs) and Holy Basil (calming) are also great herbal tinctures, and are adaptogenic, meaning they are generally very safe and meet you where you are at…bringing your body into equilibrium.
Please do your own research, these are ideas I have found useful in my own Winter practices, and with clients. And though this is founded in solid therapeutical advice, individual needs cannot be address from a blog post. This is meant to serve as information only.