As an herbalist of 20 years experience in the field, I find myself busiest during the winter season, as winter is the time when most people fall ill to colds, flus, and other viruses that seem to be abound. In Maine, where I live, the summer season is extremely busy. Maine is a “vacation” state which means much of the local commerce comes from tourists and residents that are primarily here from July through September. What this usually means for locals is a non-stop, extremely fast paced season where they try and make as much money as they can to see them through the winter, when commerce is next to nothing. What tends to happen, is there is so much GO GO GO……that there is little attention given to one’s health. The adrenals are taxed, the immune system weakened, and by the time winter rolls around, health seems to come crashing down. And this probably isn’t just a Maine scenario, but one nationwide. As a whole, we tend to pay less attention to our health during spring and summer……..and then fall and winter comes and we are scrambling to deal with acute illnesses, often left and right. We then turn towards caring for our health, and rebuild through the fall and winter seasons. And then feeling that we are at a stable level, our diligence trickles away and the whole cycle starts again.
Round and round we go.
If we supported our health year round, through every season, with every season we would find ourselves healthier in general and less likely to succumb to colds and flus.
There are many ways to do this and it shifts and changes throughout each season. For the most part, you can look at what is growing in the environment in which you life. The earth provides exactly what you need, when you need it.
Spring is often the time for liver support through tonic and building herbs such as dandelion, nettles, and burdock, which grow abundant in most climates.
Summer brings even more intense tonics and often herbs growing that both support and bring a calming energy to summer’s fiery one. Lavender, St.John’s Wort, Lemon balm, and mints are abundant.
During the fall, is often the time of bringing in roots and seeds and more spicy herbs – those that increase circulation to tissues and that support the immune system as we get ready to go into winter.
I find winter for most people to be a season of reeling to support acute illnesses that primarily consist of immune system supporting herbs. And yet in many climates, such as in Maine, there is not much growing in the winter season. My sense is that this SHOULD be a season of rest and hibernation……….if we were in a state of balanced health…..one that we tended to throughout the other seasons………yet since it is not, it is often the season of scrambling to fight one virus after another.
Basically because we fail to care for our health properly year round and only focus on it when it screams for attention, we get caught in that round and round cycle.
So what do you do?
As an herbalist, my recommendation is to support the underlying physical structure and our emotional body. Simply put, this means year round support of the adrenals, the liver, and the immune system…..as well as attention to our emotions.
Since I run an apothecary, I obviously make products that support these. And while I would love it for people to purchase from Sage Moon Apothecary, what I truly hope for, is to help support more people in creating a life of greater health and well being. If that happens to be through the purchase of my products – awesome! If through another herbalist or pathway…..still awesome!
These are the products that I create at Sage Moon Apothecary that will help support year round health and result in greater overall health and well being.
Adrenal Support –
Immune System Support
Emotional Body Well Being
There are also a variety of products to support various symptoms such as those arising from colds and flus, from pain and inflammation, and so on.
If Sage Moon Apothecary doesn’t carry products that feel right for you, we are happy to direct you towards those that may. Simply write to us and ask.
When we take the time to support our health year round both physically and emotionally, we will find ourselves stepping out of the cycles of exhaustion and recuperation and in a cycle of support and growth that allows us to lead overall healthier lives.