When I stepped outside this morning to walk my pup Eli, I could smell it in the air, winter is here.
I love chilly mornings like these, when the city is silent, the birds still sleeping. In that moment I realized that I am so grateful for the change of seasons, it keeps us alert and entertained by the art of nature.
Last month I moved back to my home country the Netherlands after travelling for 2,5 years through the beautiful landscapes of the United States and Canada.
During that time my partner and I have lived in Alberta during an extreme winter, and in South Carolina during an extreme summer. I have experienced temperatures from -58F to 122F.
It was amazing to see how my body and soul adapted to those temperatures, our bodies are so magical, so wise! We are made to change along with the seasons and during these colder months our bodies can use a little extra self care.
Autumn & Winter are my favorite seasons, I love the falling leaves, the changing and disappearing of colors, the coziness and especially the nourishing food!
During the summer months my body thrives on raw foods, fresh fruit smoothies and vegetable juices. “When it gets colder outside I start to fire up my inner light to
prepare for the darker days.”
I do this by spicing up my food or drinks with spices like Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Turmeric or Cayenne.
I’ll let you in on a secret... I am a cacao junkie who practices elixir alchemy! At the end of the blog I will share my secret chocolate elixir recipe with you!
This is also the season I spend extra time on keeping my immune system high, I do this with lots of super herbs and super foods. I take tinctures, my Chaga tea is brewing at all times and I add herbs like Pau d’Arco, Cat’s Claw, Horsetail or Nettle to my sacred brew.
Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, is known by the Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality.” The Japanese call it “The Diamond of the Forest,” while the Chinese deem it “King of Plants.” I am used to calling it “the King of the Medicinal Mushrooms” and it is high in antioxidants, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-candida, it’s an immune system modulator and adaptogen.
So definitely worth looking into!
Now that we have given our body what it needs to stay healthy, it is time for the outside of our temple.
Winter means lots of warmth and lots of oils! I take more baths during the winter and I use herbs and essential oils to make it extra special.
Taking a bath can be such a magical moment of your day!
Make sure you have an hour (or two!) to fully relax. Switch off all of your devices that can disturb you during this time.
Run your bath and add some epsom salt, this will help your muscles relax and at the same time help with releasing toxins from your body. Add your favorite herbs and some essential oils. I use Rose oil and Hibiscus flowers for a goddess bath or Rosemary oil and Lavender for a relaxing bath.
Get yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and get in your bath tub. Imagine that the water will wash away all your worries, your stress and let it warm your body and soul!
And if you really want to create a magical experience, massage warm coconut oil or cacao butter all over your body after your bath.
Your body will thank you for it!
CACAO LOVE ELIXIR
cacao butter (pick size by intuition)
2/3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp hempseeds
1/2 tsp chlorella or spirullina
1 tbsp coconutoil
1 tsp nutbutter
1 tsp Maca (optional)
1 tsp Macuna (optional)
1 tsp Lucuma (optional)
your favorite winter spices (I used vanilla, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg) honey or stevia to taste
2 to 3 cups of your favorite tea (mine was a combination of chaga, reishi, cat’s claw & pau ‘d arco)
Blend all the ingredients together, pour into your favorite mug, thank the cacao gods and enjoy!