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Put Chilli In Your Socks and Warm The Winter Blues

Louise Plant
Written by Louise Plant

What chilli in the socks?

Why would you do that?

The cold can affect some more than others and the eating of more red, hot and spicy foods is a great way to warm the body.

I have never tried it, the thought of loose chilli in my bed does not appeal. I would recommend the chilli in the belly instead.

Chilli will help to clean up that gluggy blood and start heating the internal fire.

Other warming foods and herbs are kumquats, garlic, papaya, almonds, cloves, fennel, ginger, mustard, rosemary, watercress, cumin, basil onions, ginseng, dill, leeks, coriander, aniseed and all seeds.

Some other warming red foods are beets, sweet potato, carrots, salmon, along with avocado, kale, cabbage and coconut.

So how else can we keep warm?

Exercise is also a great way to warm us up. I am amazing myself at my new leash in exercise discovery. I decided to start exercising for as long as I was enjoying it. This does not include making myself get out there and do it. It is when I am actually doing it. This started with a jog round the block. Some would call it a jog, I would call it a shuffle. When I decided I was not enjoying it then I stopped. I would walk instead.

From here it has grown, the more I exercise because I enjoy it the more I enjoy it.

This has escalated now to me wanting to find new ways of having pleasure. Bike riding and dancing has moved into my life sphere and what is good about it all is that I am thoroughly enjoying it!. Otherwise I stop.

I have noticed that since I have taken more physical exercise my cold fingers and toes has decreased and I feel the cold less.

What else do I have to say about Winter Blues?

To be aware that having a cold is healthy response. Some can see it as unhealthy what can be unhealthy is the repetitiveness of having a cold. If we have a cold every now and again then it is fine. The body has an acute attack and it throws out what it needs to. If we were to have 3 to 5 colds in a season or year, then this would not be healthy.

If the immune system is impaired with constant illness, and sickness then I would have to go with astragalus. Not for the hot heated conditions, though taken more long term to slowing boost things up it is great. Could add Echinacea to give it that extra oomph.

It would be beneficial to start taking some winter herbs.

I always love the Echinacea and garlic succi combination. Many a time the children have gone to school smelling of garlic, though it has sped the whole cold and flu process along. Dried Echinacea

If there is a temperature starting and more flu like symptoms start, then I like to switch to a herb tea. I use my Chiron tea which has thyme, peppermint, elder, marshmallow in to name a few.

Boneset and yarrow is always so good when used together. The beauty about these remedies is that they can be used for the young and the old. Now that has to be good.

Hope you find these tips useful, add some ginger and cinnamon tea on a regular basis and things will start to warm up.

Or even try some chai Masala Chai

I hope you are keeping warm.

Louise Plant

 

About the author

Louise Plant

Louise Plant

Louise Plant (ND, RT, HonDipBM, BcSc, PGd)

Holistic Nutritionist | Master Herbalist, teacher, life motivator, author, public speaker and healer.

I love teaching and educating others to help empower them to make their own informed decisions and proactive choices. I look to furthering my journey to expand by teaching overseas and to share my light to larger audiences, enabling me to expand my writings, publishing and sharing.

My passions are travel, adventure, books, learning new concepts, empowering others and laughing with my family. I love seeing the light being turned on inside people, and seeing them ‘light up’ as they wake up to the real world. I have spent many years walking amongst and being the living dead and now it is time to WAKE UP and BE ALIVE.