Immune System Support: Transition Herbs and Protocols for Seasonal Shifts
The transition to the colder, drier months of winter finds us craving warmth and nourishment. Traditional herbalists have spent generations identifying herbal allies that play a vital role in protecting and maintaining your health from various ailments, and potentially relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms that accompany them. Many herbs and small dietary changes are able to provide that bit of support we are all looking for as we crawl into our cozy spaces, and begin to embrace the season to come.
Just as the seasons are cyclical, our diets should be as well. By putting emphasis on the seasonal offerings at the grocery store, we are not only supporting our health, but also the health of the land. Incorporating root vegetables and winter squashes promotes both a balanced digestive and immune system, by providing nutrients and a healthy dose of fiber. Sun God Medicinals uses hand-selected herbs indicated to support digestion and its various symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, or indigestion. Herbs such as Chamomile, Peppermint, Fennel, Dandelion and more can be found compounded in the Airmed line of tincture, tea blends, elixirs and more. These herbs have been used traditionally in both Eurpoean and Native medicinal uses, and have since been integrated into modern practices as they become more researched and therapeutically utilized.
Another way to support our immune systems is through self message, or lymphatic massage, which helps physically to move lymph fluid out of bodily tissues, dispelling toxins and impurities from the body. This practice is easily implemented after a warm shower or while in bed by gently rubbing the soft tissue around the body in a circular motion for a few minutes daily. Research has shown that the volatile oils in aromatic herbs, such as Lavender and Rosemary, may help lower stress levels and may support a healthy functioning immune system, and their aromas are both relaxing, making a great addition to this practice. There are many Sun God Medicinal products, such as our infused massage oils and topicals that are formulated with herbs that may support circulation, inflammation, to promote relaxation, and reduce stress and anxious states. Products such as the Hercules Hemp Salve and Ra Hemp Lotion are examples of the many supportive products available nation-wide, that are easily integrated into your self-care routines.
Yet another piece of the optimal-health puzzle to consider is the importance of sleep as it pertains to our immune health. Research has shown that without achieving the optimal hours of sleep each night, we are unable to perform routine body processes such as the synthesis of proteins and protective cytokines, both of which contribute to the health of our adaptive and innate immune systems. Luckily, there are herbs such as Cannabis, Chamomile, Valerian, and California Poppy that grow locally and can support us in realizing our ideal nights rest. Sun God Medicinals recognizes the precedence of sleep and has formulated an entire line of tinctures and teas, appropriately named Hypnos after the Greek persona of slumber, indicated to support healthy sleeping patterns. Other ways to promote restful snooze is to refrain from using any screened technology close to bedtime, creating a nightly routine to get you into bed faster, and by writing down your lingering thoughts on a list to be addressed the next day. Sleep is an integral piece to the ideal picture of health as a whole. It may be frustrating at first, but improvements are very achievable, just take it one step at a time and lean on your local herbal allies for support.
There are many ways to stay proactive and healthy this flu season, and there are a variety of herbs specifically indicated to help us do so. The Panacea Immune Support Line is formulated to help prevent the general onset of immune related symptoms and nourish all the body systems with a variety of locally grown botanicals.
Sun God Medicinals puts expert focus on the selection of our symptom specific herbal formulations, ensuring the herbs chosen are not just beneficial to our health, but that they were sustainably harvested and crafted with healing intentions that are translated in the quality of all products produced. Here at Sun God Medicinals, we utilize bioregional herbs, and locally grown, living soil, regenerative farmed Cannabis, to craft both herbal topicals, capsules, and tinctures to nourish the body in as many ways as possible. Let the Sun God legends guide you today towards optimum health during the winter months.
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