This seasonal guide delves into the transitional time of Fall and offers some simple advice on how to stay balanced during this time of year.
With the Fall Equinox quickly approaching (on September 22nd), a dramatic seasonal shift is about to take place, one in which our days & nights become equally long. This time of year also marks the transition between Summer & Fall, a time in which we begin to literally & figuratively reap all that we have sown over the course of the year. It is a time to harvest the abundance of Summer, to preserve what nourishes us for Winter, and to let go of what no longer serves us before the onset of Spring.
It is important to remember to take time to care for ourselves during this time of year as we can become weighed down by obligations & responsibilities to our family, home, and work. Creating space and time within your day to truly care for yourself can have a tremendous overall effect on your wellbeing. I am amazed by how the simplest forms of self-care can shift my mood and reinvigorate my mind.
Some of my Favorite Self-Care Rituals for Fall
Meditation | Simply sitting, silently, with yourself for 5 to 1o minutes at a time is a good place to start. A calming practice for your whole body, but especially for your nervous system, meditation is an excellent way to step back from your day and re-center yourself.
Deep Breathing | Breath work is vital to our wellbeing, as much of out time is spent breathing. By consciously deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes at a time your allowing your whole body to relax through the release of negative energy or tension. Sometimes a simple 5 to 10 deep breaths is all that is needed to clear your mind and bring awareness back to yourself.
Water | Drinking water like breath work is vital to our wellbeing. Every cell, tissue, and organ in the body needs water to function efficiently. There are a number of functions that water helps perform for the body including: regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and electrical signals to cells, lubricating the joints, and flushing out toxins and wastes. Which is why it is important to drink water throughout the day, a simple way to start is by drinking 1 glass of room temperature water upon waking.
Sleep | It is important to honor the natural cycles of day & night and allow your body to align to this rhythm. Allowing your body & mind to begin to relax once the sun has set in the evening can help aid in this process. As well as disconnecting from all devices, lights, and noise that might otherwise distract you. Establishing a routine of at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night can have an immense impact on your overall wellbeing.
Walking | Being immersed in the natural world, whilst walking with no intended destination, is a cherished past time of mine. Whether it be in a city park, on a garden path, or upon a nature trail. Walking is a form of active mediation and exercise that keeps the flow of energy within your body active.
Seasonal Eating | Fall is abundant in nourishing stables such as dark leafy greens, roots, tubers, squash, and pumpkins. These hearty vegetables are best enjoyed warm and perhaps in addition to bone broth, vegetable broth, or miso broth. Soups are a great way to enjoy the bounty of fall, warm your body, and aid in detoxification.
Herbal Tea | There are many reasons why fall is my favorite time of year but the most prevalent reason is herbal tea! Although, I am known to drink warm tea year round there is nothing more satisfying then a warm cup of herbal tea on a cloudy fall day. There are many beneficial herbs for this season but some of my favorites are warming herbs such as Ginger Root, Turmeric Root, Cardamom Seed, Fennel Seed, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg.
Salt Baths | A beautiful way to bring warmth and release tension. Salt baths are beneficial for the muscles and joints, as they relieve tension, pain, and inflammation. They also help to calm the mind and relieve headaches, as well as stiffness in the hands & feet. I often keep an Epsom Salt blend near my bath for this very reason. Simple to make & use, salt bath blends can be made using a variety of salts, including Epsom Salt, Sea Salt, Rock Salt, or a combination of all three.
Fall is also a time to reflect upon & re-establish goals for the remaining year. Often considered a busy time of year, as it is filled with celebrations, family, and travel. This duality of slowing down & reflecting upon the previous summer combined with the acceleration of activity revolving around festivities & family can be demanding on the body. Along with the aforementioned self-care rituals it is also important to support your body with herbs that strengthen your nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system. Featured below are two blends I have come to call upon this Fall, Botanica’s Daily Adrenal Support Liquid Capsules & Oregano Oil. Formulated with herbs specific to the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. These blends help to strengthen your body’s own natural defenses against stress, fatigue, and a weakened immune system.
Some of my Favorite Herbs for Fall & an Herbal Chai Recipe!
Nervous System Herbs | Holy Basil Leaf, Milky Oat Seeds, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Skullcap, Rose, & Lions Mane Mushroom.
Endocrine System Herbs | Ashwaganda Root, Schizandra Berry, Eleuthero, Rhodiola, Maca Root, & Gotu Kola.
Immune System Herbs | Elder Berry, Oregano, Echinacea, Astragalus Root, Shiitaki Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom, Chaga Mushroom, & Cordyceps Mushroom.
Fall Herbal Chai
- 2 Cups Water or Coconut Milk*
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Cardamon Pods
- 6 Clove Buds
- 1 Star Anise
- 1 Inch Piece Ginger Sliced
- 2 Capsules* Botanica Daily Adrenal Support
- To Taste Raw Honey
To create, combined all ingredients (except for the Botanica Daily Adrenal Support Capsules & raw honey) into a pot and let simmer on the stove for 5 to 15 minutes.
Then remove the pot from the stove and strain out the remaining herbs.
To complete, add the Botanica Daily Adrenal Support Capsules & raw honey to the chai mix. Stir until combined.
Top with powered nutmeg before serving.
*Coconut Milk may be substituted for water to create a more traditional chai.
*Botanica Daily Adrenal Support Capsules must be opened first before adding them to the chai mix. Only the liquid extract found inside the capsules is added to the chai mix.
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