THERE IS AN UNSPOKEN CHORUS I SEEM TO GET LOST IN WHEN WINTER ROLLS MY WAY – THE SUN WILL NOT RETURN TO US. IT’S A LIE OF COURSE, UNRAVELING DAY AFTER DAY AS THE WARMTH SPREADS THROUGH MY MORNING WINDOW.
His light is a far off promise of some other age – but when the cold air pools and settles, I believe the lie fully and completely. Yet the ground beneath our feet knows sacred Truth and offers us a chance to craft our own warmth with her offerings. “Ginger root, love,” she tells us. Grandmother Ginger stirs the cauldron, tending the fire that reaches our bones, spreading her warmth over us. Full of minerals like copper, potassium and magnesium, ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is like a remembrance of the earth from which we came – grounding our Intentions and prayers. Ginger is a powerful protector with her anti-bacterial, antifungal, nerve soothing properties; a confident go-to during seasons spent around the hearth. Keep her near – dried, whole, frozen and powdered, weaving her medicine into your days. Let her simplicity hold you in a warm embrace while we wait for the sun. Along with keeping a secret stash of ginger chews in my purse at all times, the following is how I fold Grandmother Ginger into my cold wintery days.
Coming out of a season of sickness, a moment of deep release, or high energetic work, allow Grandmother Ginger to hold you, purifying and restoring your body and spirit with this hot bath salt blend- add to your bath water several heaping tablespoons of a good quality salt (I like Himalayan Pink Salt due to its cultivation deep within the earth), several large slices of raw or dried ginger root, a small handful of dried rose petals or a sprig or two of fresh rosemary. I like to include a tablespoon of clay such as French green if I have it on hand for a soft earthy touch. Use a muslin bag if you do not wish for the contents to clog your drain. Intuitively add or adjust as you fill the tub- your spirit and hands will work out of remembrance, gathering what you need. As you soak, you’ll begin to notice the warmth of the ginger holding you – circulating and restoring your core with her warmth. A perfect late night treat with Grandmother Ginger can counter the cold depleted days winter can bring.
GINGER HONEY LEMON TEA This Ayurvedic drink is commonly known as the ‘Heal All’ brew in my household. This brew is a powerful defense against common colds and the flu, sore throats, nausea, migraines, indigestion, and in my humble opinion…moodiness. It is an empowering and purifying drink with its fiery undertones.
words, recipe + photos: laura emily
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