If you’ve perused the front shelves of the Heart & Hands lobby and been
curious about some of the tinctures being sold, then you’ll know that it
can be hard to choose! This month I want to give some words of description to one of the most useful tinctures for this particular time of year, the Lamplighter!
It’s 4pm as I sit down to write this and the sky is already darkening. It’s
been down-pouring all weekend, I’m cold and damp to the bone from
stubbornly trying to work in my muddy garden. Even though I wouldn’t
describe myself as someone who struggles with depression, I am a devout sun
worshipper and these winter blues are hard to deny. And, ahem, we’re still
over a month away from the darkest day of the year…
This is the season of death, decay, letting go and darkness. It’s the
season where the hard stuff, the old stuff, the stuff we like to flee from,
rises to the surface; and our job is to face it. So while the most
important task of this season is to embrace the darkness and face it’s hard
medicine, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little help from your plant
friends; enter the Lamplighter.
Since all good medicine formulation seeks to balance out current
imbalances, the Lamplighter, which was formulated for winter blues, is
spicy, warming and connects us to the light when we need it the most; the
plants that make up this formula are all oranges, yellows and reds. With
Damiana, St John’s Wort, Turmeric, Cinnamon and Mustard flower essence,
this formula is perfect for depression of the milder kind. This describes
the kind of blues that come and go, and would likely dissipate with the
appearance of a gorgeous sunny day and the feel of sunshine on your skin.
The Lamplighter is also great for warming up our physical system, getting
the blood pumping and digestion stoked, warming our stiff and sore joints
and igniting creativity and confidence. It’s even an aphrodisiac <3
For a custom formula, contact Jenny at email@example.com
My baby boy came within the 48 window you predicted. He stayed head down and we were able to have our home birth. Labour was really easy (comparatively) and quick; and was really relaxed throughout it. It was a really positive experience. These are all things I feel you had a helping hand in.
Thank you so much for all your help in the final weeks of pregnancy. I really think I would have ended up with a planned cesarean, and robbed of the birth experience I wanted, had you not flipped him.
You and your needles are magic!
E.C. & baby N
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My favourite warm up beverage this past week has been Autumn Spiced Coffee, made with either decaf coffee or Dandy Blend instant dandelion beverage. The blend of ingredients benefits digestion, boosts energy, and helps to counteract the damp-cold climatic influences of fall and winter.
Get the recipe here,
GOLDEN MILK to warm you from the inside out &
soothe achy muscles and joints!
I usually eyeball 1 tsp of dried tumeric
+ 1/2 tsp EACH of cinnamon & dried ginger
+ 1 pinch EACH of nutmeg & black pepper
Bring almond milk to a gentle boil, then add your spices and stir thoroughly so you don’t end up with clumps.
Drop 1 tsp of butter or coconut oil + honey to taste in at the end.
*Keep stirring so that the ingredients don’t separate
**If you’re feeling fancy, you can stir in 2 tsp of cocoa into it too!
– The fats enhance absorption of the active anti-inflammatory components of the spices + is nourishing for your nervous system
– If you can find fresh tumeric, grate it in place of the dried spice
– Dried ginger is effective at warming your interior, whereas, fresh ginger is better for relieving the exterior (ie. achy muscles due to viral infection)
I infuse all of my warm drinks in the fall with warming spices. They can be added to coffee, decaf, hot chocolate, black tea and even coffee substitutes like chicory and dandelion.
My go to additions are: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg.
Think anything pumpkin or chai spice. These herbs are warming and invigorating, making them great for warming up the body on a cold day, but also aids in digestion and have immune boosting properties!
This fall masala chai has been my favorite warm beverage. This is the recipe I start from. Use whatever milk you are into and rooibos instead of black tea if you want something caffeine free.