We're talking winter herbalism, with medicinal plant treatments to get you through the cold season in great shape. In the silence of snowy days, we share with you 4 beneficial recipes, to be made like winter rituals, to take care of your body and your emotions. Enjoy them as you watch the dance of the snowflakes, the patterns of the frost and the icy air outside. We've imagined these aromatic rituals as a way of connecting with nature through the plants that are winter's allies. You're going to love winter!
Relaxing Scots pine bath
A recipe for a relaxing, oxygenating aromatic bath for winter
Immerse yourself in a relaxing and beneficial bath for the respiratory system by diluting 10 drops of Scots Pine essential oil and 40 drops of Solubol, to be mixed and added to the bath water. If you don't have a bathtub, consider using it as a footbath, but reduce the quantities: 5 drops of Scots Pine essential oil in 20 drops of Solubol.
A word from the herbalist: Like guardians of the forest, the tall pines communicate their energy, strength and verticality. Herbalists use their needles, buds and cones to make herbal teas, syrups and pine needle inhalations.
Sweet thyme honey with linalool
Aromatic honey to support immunity
Prepare a medicinal honey by diluting 10 drops of Sweet Thyme linalool essential oil in a 250 ml jar of liquid mountain honey. Mix well and wait a week before using. Take a teaspoonful of this honey pure or diluted in a not too hot herbal tea for colds, minor winter ailments, tiredness, nervousness, etc.
The herbalist's word: Sweet Thyme with linalool is remarkably mild, and is suitable for children aged 7 and over and sensitive people. Ideal for stimulating immunity and fighting infections.
Anti-fatigue massage with Black Spruce
A natural solution for regaining energy
To restore energy in the morning, dilute 2 drops of Black Spruce essential oil in a little neutral vegetal oil (such as Apricot vegetal oil) and massage into the adrenal glands (in the back above the kidneys) and along the spine.
A word from the herbalist: This large conifer grows abundantly in Canadian forests. Its sweet, woody aroma immediately transports us to the great outdoors. Its essential oil is known to help stimulate the adrenal cortex and fight fatigue naturally.
Lavender and Chamomile relaxing massage oil
For anti-stress and soothing massages
To calm anxiety, stress and panic attacks, Roman Chamomile and Lavender are allies with their gentle, floral and luminous scents. To make your own relaxing massage oil, dilute 15 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil in a 50 ml bottle of Wild Lavender oily macerate. Massage all over your body after a shower, or on your solar plexus, wrists and neck, for a feeling of relaxation and emotional calm.
The herbalist's word: An infusion of dried Chamomile flowers is divine in the evening, combined with dried Lavender flowers to help you drift off to sleep. This herbal tea also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, soothing those prone to digestive problems.