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7 Warming Winter Herbs (slideshow)

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7 Warming Winter Herbs (slideshow)

When cold weather strikes a chilling blow, it makes sense to consume healthy warming concentrated foods seasoned with warming herbs.

Dark orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, winter squash, and carrots provide immune nourishing beta-carotene and the warmth of the orange ray. Grounding roots (especially those that grow in cold climates) such as onions, rutabagas and turnips can help one better acclimate to the seasons. Other warming foods include arugula, mustard greens, and watercress. Nuts, seeds, and their butters make excellent warming and insulating snacks. Icy cold drinks, on the other hand, can cool you quick. If consuming food from the refrigerator, take the item out and allow it to get to room temperature before eating.

The flavor associated with winter is salty. But rather than relying on table salt, learn to enjoy the wonderful mineral rich seaweeds such as kelp, nori, hiziki, and dulse which can be used to season food. Also, Celtic and Himalayan salt contain more minerals, as indicated by their colors. Black colored foods such as black sesame seeds, uncured black olives, and chia seeds make wonderful warming winter condiments.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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4:28AM PST on Nov 30, 2014

Reasons to treasure and love our nature

7:22PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Thank you for the good information.

6:26AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

It doesn't matter really whether the plant bits we use are called "herbs" or "spices".I think most herbs tend to be green and spices brown but not always.
They're delicious and effective.My favourite feel better drink for a cold is lemon juice in hot water with one or two cloves, honey and a glug of whisky,( or whiskey. Rum would be good too)The cloves are left in the glass and of course the kids don't get the alcohol.

5:06PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

TO ALICIA N: The Cayenne pepper goes on your feet B4 you put on your sox TO GO TO BED IN...NOT BEFOR YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON. ..BUT If you try that and it works..to keep u warm let us know!

9:38PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

I LOVE THIS STUFF*I MIX CAYENNE IN2 A LITTLE COCOA BUTTER & RUB IT ON MY FEET 4 RELAXATION & 2 WARM MY FEET B4 I PUT ON SOX 2 GO 2 BED*IT*S GOOD & ALOT CHEAPER ALSO 2 PUT ON SORE MUSCLES THAN STORE BOUGHT STUFF & IT*S NATURAL*BROOKE W*HELSINKI*FINLAND

8:34AM PST on Nov 12, 2010

I really loved this article, simple to read and very informative. Sharing is caring, thanks a BUNCH . I was surprised about the cayenne beetween the socks and the shoes, must try.

9:16AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

This is a very informative article, and thanks for sharing!
Georgina Jo

4:48AM PST on Mar 12, 2010

Merci!

3:12AM PST on Mar 12, 2010

I can say I learned many new things from your post.Yin herbs taste sour, bitter and salty, and yang herbs taste sweet and pungent.Many nutrients and herbs support the heart and circulatory system.
ezflash

10:21AM PST on Feb 25, 2010

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=10551.0

This stew has most of the spices mentioned, and is just great.

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