Herbs, Tips, and Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Moving Inward this Season
Winter is the season of slowing down, preserving energy, and planting seeds of intention. This period encourages us to become comfortable with spending more time sleeping and dreaming. It is a time of pausing to explore restoration, inspiration and purification. After a long, energetic summer and bountiful autumn, it is important that we greet this season with open arms and take the time to bathe in relaxation. Read more to learn about mushroom medicinal uses for welcoming in the stillness of winter.
Winter: The North & Earth
In many traditional medicine wheels in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is associated with the direction of North and the element of Earth. The North is the direction of elders passing down wisdom and sharing stories, and Earth is the element of heaviness, grounding and stability. As we harness this traditional wisdom and move into this season, we can refer to these words as reminders. We may often get caught up in the culture of continuous production, movement, and to-dos, but it is important we be kind to ourselves and allow room for rest and relaxation.
So how can we access this part of ourselves in a society that doesn’t seem to slow down? Don’t just survive this winter, thrive this winter by getting in touch with your yin side! Read a book on the couch by a big window during snowfall. Intentionally plant seeds through journaling, meditation, or another mindful practice (like yin yoga) to manifest growth in the time of movement in spring and summer. Take the time to make some rejuvenating herbal and mushroom teas and soup broths!
Herb & Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Thriving this Winter
Mugwort is a great herb to use during these long, cold months to connect with and embrace deep dreaming. Mugwort is an ally for ancient rememberings and lucid dreaming to help us dive deeper into ourselves.
Cedar leaves are known to be helpful for connecting with ancient wisdom, as well as travel between the physical and spiritual worlds. Burning cedar leaves can be used for going deeper with yourself and connecting with your ancestral roots.
Lavender is an aromatically calming nervine that helps gently ease an overactive body and mind. This herb is strengthening to the nervous system and promotes uplifting sweet dreams, restful sleep and relief of nightmares.
Reishi is a bitter mushroom, known to support longevity and sleep. Studies have shown that this mushroom may support sleep quality and rhythms, especially in cases of anxiety, nightmares, and insomnia. Long-term, one of the best Reishi mushroom medicinal uses is aiding in building energy and increasing stamina. Fuel your body with this delicious mushroom this winter to get you rested and ready for the next season.
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