We’re now deep into autumn, and cooler (often, wildly fluctuating) temperatures are making us more vulnerable colds, flu, dry skin conditions and general depression.
Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to add warmth and immune-boosting flavor to fall dishes, comfort our minds and bodies and to keep our skin moist and elastic. Here are our favorites:
Guduchi (Our Herb of the Month)
Guduchi is Ayurveda’s primary immune system balancer and anti-aging herb. It’s great for both sinus support and fall/winter immunity, and it lowers stress. People use it for its anti-inflammatory effects, too, especially those with joint mobility problems. Nambu’s Guduchi is infused with sounds that support free communication, expression and the throat chakra. We do that in accordance with ancient Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine traditions. Enjoy our herb of the month for only $14.95 here.
Eclipta Alba is our favorite herb for beautiful skin and hair. As a liver protector, Eclipta Alba works overtime to turn fat into energy, detoxifying chemicals and getting rid of old blood cells. Additionally, our ENLIGHTENMENT FORMULA Eclipta Alba purifies your skin and hair resulting in an outer glow. If you're already enjoying ENLIGHTENMENT FORMULA, don't forget you can use as a follicle-boosting paste by popping open a couple of capsules and mixing with some coconut oil. We're expecting a fresh shipment of this customer favorite in early November. CLICK HERE TO BE NOTIFIED
Nutmeg is a sweet spice best known for finding its way into pumpkin dishes and oatmeal. It packs a number of vitamins and mineral along with plenty of health benefits. People use nutmeg for indigestion, inflammation, sleep issues, and even for cognitive health. Its antibacterial properties make it a good oral health enhancer. Ayurveda recognizes it as a warming spice that helps keep you warm in the cooler seasons.
This is another sweet warming herb with medicinal properties. Cinnamon is said to block inflammation, slow the growth of bacteria, reduce tension and enhance blood circulation.
This is the stuff that comes in your pizza. Herbalists recognize oregano’s essential oil’s potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The oil also helps calm the mind and improve cognitive function. It may also act as a blood thinner, so beware of interactions with other herbs and medicines. Dried oregano is great in soups and stews, both of which can help keep you warm in autumn.
Sage is in the mint family. However, it’s a warming herb while mint is a cooling herb. Botanicals companies that sell throat spray usually add sage because it aids mucous membrane health. Add some sage to honey and lemon for a great throat-soothing combo.