It is getting cooler, might one even say colder…..okay down right fridged! Winter is ready to rear its ugly head and freeze your little tootsies off. It even snowed here yesterday evening and while we were all outside wandering the streets catching flakes our bodies metabolism was slowing down.
Why do we care about our metabolism going down? Well it is colder and as such our bodies are designed to slow down, that includes metabolism. Metabolism and digestion of our valuable nutrients happens to fuel our bodies and when we are moving slower, hibernating to an extent, our bodies don’t digest and break down our food as well. This means it is easier to put on those holiday pounds, easier to feel tired, and much easier to hide away and not be social. This doesn’t sound like the ideal way to spend the delicious treat filled season of visiting family and friends-and probably your friends and family don’t want to spend it that way either.
That is exactly why this spicy cocktail makes an excellent holiday gift and treat for yourself as well. This delicious blend you just take a few teaspoons of a day to warm up your body and fire up your attitude towards braving the cold. It is a favorite concoction of mine and start it today and you will have just enough time for your relatives to be opening up their own bottle right on Christmas morning.
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This long traditional blend of herbs and spices is easy to make your own but it comes from the simple tenant that good food and spicy flavors are great to help keep you healthy all winter long. Using the following ingredients use what you like and don’t use what you don’t want. Simple as that. My blend this year contained 2/3 garlic cloves, spicy red peppers, lemon, and schisandra berries. You can always find a lovely glass bottle to decorate and give as a gift.
- Apple Cider Vinegar, enough to cover all other ingredients, not optional
- Any (spicy) peppers of choice
- Herbs for flavor
Simply chop up any fresh ingredients to about 1-2cm size pieces, such has half a garlic clove in size, and put them all into a glass jar. I tend to have big eyes and cut more than I need so I always keep an extra jar ready. Once all chopped, add any dry ingredients and cover it all with apple cider vinegar. Cover lid with paper and put lid on. This is to prevent potential rusting if you have a metal lid. Put on a counter out of the way. You may need to add more over the next few days to make sure it stays covered. After a month, strain your cider and bottle it. Remember, take a few teaspoons a day to keep yourself healthy all winter long and keep up your metabolism so you have the energy to celebrate the winter seasons the way you want to.
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Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Jillian also presents regular live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online. For more learning opportunities or to work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultationsvisit The Dancing Herbalist.com.