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October - Fall kitchen medicine

Fall is here - it’s official! Fall belongs to the Metal element, which is associated with the Lung and the Large Intestine. The Lung is referred to as the “delicate organ” - it’s our most superficial energetic system and is vulnerable to external pathogens like colds and flus. Have you noticed that everyone around you is coming down with some bug or another…? This transition into colder months is when we must take the most care to boost our immune systems and nourish our foundations for a healthy winter. This blog is going to focus on ways to do just that.

Kitchen medicine: elderberry syrup As the weather cools down I’ve been called to whipping up more kitchen medicine. It is now tolerable to stand over a stove roasting veggies and simmering bones for broth. This is an elderberry syrup recipe that I use to prevent colds and flus. Elderberry is an antimicrobial and is full of antioxidants and vitamins that boost the immune system and target inflammation. This syrup tastes delicious.

Nutrition: Mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli and pears all have an affinity with the lungs. Munch on them at your heart’s desire this season.

Rosemary spray: I’ve been recommending this DIY rosemary spray to numerous patients for scalp health/hair loss. Rosemary encourages circulation to the scalp and reduces inflammation, making the scalp a more optimum environment for hair growth. Some say that hair shedding is more prevalent during the fall months, perhaps as a reaction to summer sun damage.

Nettle/oat straw infusions: I’ve been enjoying making nettle leaf and oat straw infusions as a general tonic. This combination is wonderful for treating burnout, depleted nervous systems and fatigue. Nettle and oat straw are full of nourishing minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, selenium, B vitamins, etc. This grounding, blood-building blend is wonderful for menstruating and postpartum bodies. It’s also great for hair health and liver detoxification. It’s quick and easy to make - I make a big batch and sip throughout the week.

I hope you have fun concocting anything that resonates with you. The world feels extra heavy and hard right now. The emotion associated with fall is grief, and that’s certainly ringing true around the globe. Please look after yourself and reach out for additional support.


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