Dress in layers so when the temperature drops you can reach for warmer clothes. Staying warm and dry is imperative. In cold weather, I literally go the barn to take care of the horses in snow pants and jacket, hat pulled down low and two layers of gloves. If the leather ones get wet, I can pull them off. I always wear thick wool socks. As soon as I come indoors, I make a hot cup of chai tea, it is loaded with warming herbs with a little zip of caffeine from white tea. I make my own chai tea steeping a white tea bag in water while heating almond milk until is scalds with clove powder, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Four warming herbs to nurture my Kidneys, Adrenals, and Bladder. Then I rest while I drink my tea. Exhaustion also depletes your energy reserved. Winter is the season to rest and center on your inner man, strengthen your spirit and clear your soul and mind. Find your center of peace and learn how to get there throughout the year. Awareness is important, maintain your energy and a peaceful countenance.
The horses enjoyed all the negative ions all night long from the rain and thaw to the ice and snow, in one night. Their spirit was light, eyes wide open and head held high. They were happy to interact with me. Harmony laid her face on mine and we shared or breath, their way of showing affection, we were face staring into my eyes. I said to her, “You good? I’m good.” She lifter up her head, nodded yes and walked away. I may not have experienced the same fresh air over night, filled with uplifting negative ions from nature, but I enjoyed sharing their energy and companionship.
Terrie and I did patch the driveway the following day. We scouted rocks and pieces of broken ash vault. We had to pry them loose from the ice. We used sand and tile grout mix, the gray powder. Terrie had a reserve in case of emergency. Thank you, Terrie, for thinking ahead. It’s patched well enough to drive over. It was a laborious morning, 3 hours to patch the drive way, care for the horses and a couple of other outdoor chores. When I went inside it was time to rest. First things first, hot chai tea and lunch, then a shower, and some more rest.
Working with essential oils revives your energy and has healthy virtues. It’s all in a day’s work. I always thought about essential oils as a luxury. Because I value them and realize their holistic benefits. Today, I think about them, as a staple of a holistic lifestyle.
If you enjoy diffusing essential oils in your home, here is a list of some of the warming oils to strengthen your energy reserve and support a healthy atmosphere. These are effective anti-viral and immune strengthening oils.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil is warm, subtly woodsy and earthy scent has a brightening and uplifting effect on the mood and is reputed to ease feelings of stress. It has been said to promote relaxation, which not only leads to restful sleep but that is also believed to have potential as an aphrodisiac.
Clove Bud Essential Oil has a penetrating warm spicy aroma that is mentally uplifting and stimulating.
Frankincense Essential Oil is spiritually grounding and is calming and relaxing without being a sedative.
Lemon Essential Oil is commonly used to ease stress, combat fatigue, and insomnia.
Rosemary Essential Oil: The fresh quality of Rosemary Oil’s woodsy and herbal aroma makes it uplifting and stimulating, properties that make it ideal for enhancing the mood and increasing cerebral activity as well as focus.
For the external skin care we need to stay hydrated this winter. Hydrosols are hydrating. Rose Geranium Hydrosol hydrates your complexion and hair. I hydrate my hair and face several times a day. The small amount of volatile oil rejuvenates your complexion with a healthy glow and adds shine and bounce to your hair.
It’s the little changes in your lifestyle that will make the biggest difference of all.
Stay warm and hydrated this winter to maintain your health and beauty.
Fore 35 years I have been working with wholesome plants. My true passion is herbal studies and to educate all people on the holistic benefits whole plants offer us. There is no other material with such a broad variety for our diet and skin care that is worthier than the plant kingdom.
For your health and beauty,