The Kidneys are the rulers over winter; their condition is disclosed in the bones and head hair.
As we move into winter, there is a need to adjust our diets. The weather is colder, and the body needs a diet that will produce more heat at its core. With shorter days we don’t burn as many calories as we might in the summer, when we are more incline to exercise.
Try a diet that is mainly protein and carbohydrates, this diet produces more core heat. Take care not to overeat, with less physical activity people may gain more weight than one wishes to. 1 or 2 pounds is o.k. That should keep the body in pretty good shape until spring comes and its time to cleanse and lighten up the diet.
Each herb can best give its essence to the mixture as follows: Use this as a guide for your future blends.
HARD ROOTS – burdock, comfrey – simmer 20-30 minutes
SOFT ROOTS – licorice, marshmallow, ginger – simmer 10-15 minutes
BARKS – cinnamon, sassafras – simmer 10-20 minutes
SEEDS or BERRIES – fennel, fenugreek, anise, and juniper – simmer 5-10 minutes
LEAVES- peppermint, rosemary, nettle – never boil or simmer, put herb in teapot and pour boiling water over them.
FLOWERS – hibiscus, chamomile – steep in the same method as the leaves. 10-20 minutes.
Use comfrey root, ginger root, cinnamon bark, fennel seed, peppermint and chamomile.
In a glass or stainless steel pot boil 5 cups of water
1 tablespoon of comfrey root, simmer 5-10 minutes more
5 thin slices of ginger root and
2 to 3 sticks of cinnamon bark simmer 5-10 minutes more
1 tablespoon fennel seeds simmer 5-10 minutes more
To the teapot
2 tablespoons peppermint leaves
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers and leaves
Boiling water into the teapot and steep the leaves for 15-20 minutes
With lemon and honey
Hope you enjoy this blend. Got any blends you want to share?