Whether you’re experiencing dips in outside temperatures or an illness is making you shiver, you don’t have to resort to lying on the couch wrapped in blankets, warming up with a sugary cup of calorie-laden hot chocolate. Instead, there are a variety of herbs to keep you warm — from your inside out.
From improving circulation to filling your body with rich antioxidants and calming you before bedtime, herbs can keep your body temperature feel warmer and drier.
Herbs to Improve Circulation
Poor circulation can make your extremities feel cold or even chill your entire body. Lack of exercise or health conditions, like diabetes, can add to the problem.
A ginger bath not only helps your body’s circulation, but it can help soothe muscle aches when you’re experiencing a cold or flu. Boil a half gallon of water with eight ounces of ginger for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture as you put it into your bath water.
Garlic also improves circulation. It has an added benefit though: garlic helps ward away infections. While garlic pill supplements are available, you can easily add some fresh garlic into foods (especially pizza or Mexican dishes). Or click here to learn how to make a garlic poultice to gain relief from flu and colds.
Add some cinnamon to your foods, like oatmeal or sprinkle some in hot drinks. Cinnamon helps improve circulation and adds that bit of warmth that your body is craving since it dries dampness in your body.
Sipping a steaming hot cup of tea can bring your body an instant sensation of warmth. Herbs in your tea can nourish your body as well as have a warming effect. If you can’t find tea bags available in-store (the tea in tea bags isn’t as beneficial as fresh ingredients are), consider making your own.
Lemongrass Tea: Lemongrass is known for alleviating the symptoms of stomach upset, cold, fever and flu. Its entire stalk can be steeped in water to create a homemade tea. Add some honey to sweeten, if desired.
Ginger Healing Detox Tea with Turmeric: Lemon boosts your immunity while turmeric is renowned for its disease-fighting properties.
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Bring water to a boil, then add powdered herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Strain the tea into a mug, add the maple syrup and lemon, stirring to combine.
Drink warm. Makes 1 serving.
Find more tea recipes here.
Tip: If you’re more of a coffee lover than tea drinker, consider using chickory. Chickory contains a prebiotic which helps with digestion, and it’s well-known as a less-acidic alternative to coffee.
Calming Herbs Sachet for Sleep
There are even herbs to keep you warm at nighttime. Make a sachet of herbs to place under your pillow to help you drift off to Dreamland instead of shivering under your covers, waiting impatiently for sleep. The instructions for a Quick and Easy Sweet Dreams Sachet are found here. However, it’s a simple process in which you add dried, calming herbs like bee balm, valerian, lavender, and chamomile inside fabric scraps with a moonstone.
When your body is cold, you don’t feel like yourself. That makes it hard to trudge through the day, let alone live it to the fullest. Remember these
remedies and herbs to keep you warm, as well as happy, healthy and comfortable.
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