The transition to the colder, dryer months of winter have us craving warmth and nourishment. Many herbs and small dietary changes are able to provide that bit of support we are all looking for as we crawl into our cozy spaces, and begin to embrace the season to come. Just as the seasons are cyclical, our diets should be as well. By putting emphasis on the seasonal offerings at the grocery store, we are not supporting our health, but also the health of the land. Incorporating root vegetables and winter squashes promotes both a balanced digestive and immune system, by providing a plethora of nutrients and a healthy dose of fiber. Herbs such as Licorice and Milk Oats may be indicated to support circulation and provide nourishment to many different body systems such as the brain and heart. Luckily, Breeze Botanicals carries products that are specifically formulated to support many body systems and ailments, and most importantly keep us healthy during these cooler temperatures and seasonal shifts.
Sun God Medicinals utilizes bioregional herbs, and locally grown, Living soil, regenerative farmed Cannabis, to craft both herbal topicals, capsules, and tinctures to nourish the body in as many ways as possible. Products such as the Aja Hemp and Herbal Massage Oil, which is compounded to support discomfort and aid in circulation, and the Heka Mental Ease tincture, which is formulated to nourish the brain tissues and combat fatigue, would make an easy and beneficial addition to your daily routine. Tinctures are effortlessly added to juice, tea, or coffee to mitigate any unwanted flavors, and topical therapies are best applied after a warm bath or shower to improve absorption. Please visit our stores and ask our trained associates any questions you may have about supporting your body as we move into the cooler months of winter. Also, if you are looking for a more in-depth consultation, please book time with our clinical herbalist through our website at: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=12621529
Last week I spoke about supporting our immune systems internally by focusing on integrating colorful fruit and vegetables into our diets, as well as introducing supporting herbs such as Reishi and Echinacea root that have been shown to be nourishing to the body. This week, I would like to focus on external therapies to support your immune system that may prevent seasonal illnesses and regulate a balanced immune function. Using our other senses, such as olfactory or sense of smell, we can reduce stress and support healthy body functions such as sleep, digestion, and inflammation. Research has shown that the volatile oils in aromatic herbs, such as Lavender and Rosemary, may help lower stress levels and may support a healthy functioning immune system. Another way to support our immune systems is through self message, or lymphatic massage, which helps physically to move lymph fluid out of bodily tissues, dispelling toxins and impurities from the body. This practice is easily implemented after a warm shower or while in bed by gently rubbing the soft tissue around the body in a circular motion for a few minutes daily.
There are many ways to stay proactive and healthy this flu season, and there are a variety of herbs and practices to help us do so. Please reach out with any specific herbal questions or for more information about any products carried at Breeze Botanicals stores. We also offer one-on-one, private consultations with our clinical herbalist for more in depth inquires.
Continuing with our theme of immune defense, we are discussing the importance of sleep as it pertains to immune support. Research has shown that without achieving the optimal hours of sleep each night, we are unable to perform routine body processes such as the synthesis of proteins and protective cytokines, both of which contribute to the health of our adaptive and innate immune systems. Luckily, there are herbs such as Cannabis, Chamomile, Valerian, and California Poppy that grow locally and can support us in realizing our ideal nights rest. We also carry products from the bioregional, local company Sun God Medicinals, who have formulated an entire line of tinctures and teas, appropriately named Hypnos after the Greek god of sleep, indicated to support healthy sleep patterns. Other ways to promote restful slumber is to try your hardest to refrain from using any screened technology close to bedtime, creating a nightly routine to get you into bed faster, and writing down your lingering thoughts on a list to be addressed the next day. Sleep is an integral piece to the ideal picture of health as a whole, so if you have any questions about ways to support your sleep, please reach out to any of our trained associates or book an appointment with our clinical herbalist.
Hey there Southern Oregon community! I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge who I am and the offerings I am able to bring to Breeze Botanicals stores, both Ashland and Gold Hill locations. I am an east coast native who fell in love with the Applegate Valley, which is where I began my herbal studies two years ago, and continued on for my clinical certification in Ashland this past year. I am so grateful to have had such inspirational teachers, mentors, and friends within the community and beyond that have paved the way and encouraged me to embrace the roll as a healer for the people. So, very long story short, world travels, and countless exchanges of invaluable knowledge later, I am hear to offer a safe space for you to be heard, held, and guided toward a path of healing and fulfillment. Let’s walk together, demystify herbal medicine, and find the right herbal allies and lifestyle choices that will support you most.
Click here to learn more about our consultation program and our Clinical Herbalist, Taylor Appel. You can book an hour, one-on-one appointment with her from the booking button on our website.
Thank you for your consideration as a conscious consumer, and we hope to see you in stores soon for your Herbal Health and Wellness Consultation.
Your Local Herbalist,
P.S. Flu season is upon us, so a little extra help from our Panacea Immune Line is very much indicated. Let’s all stay warm, happy, and healthy this winter season!
*We are proud to offer our Herbal Wellness and Cannabis Education program in conjunction with our supporting company, Lucky Gap Staffing Inc.
The Herbalist Team at Breeze Botanical's uses our collective educational experiences and on-going thirst for knowledge to normalize the conversation around herbs and to demystify the world of herbal medicine. Join us on this journey and embrace the plants around you.