By Emma Merritt
In the wintertime, especially in the Northeastern U.S., it is a time when care for our skin and hands in particular becomes important. And in 2020, with all the extra hand-washing even more so! Here's a recipe to make your own hand balm at home.
Use liberally as needed. Works great for dry hands.
For a thicker salve, use more beeswax.
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Have fun, and let us know if you have any questions!
Emma Merritt is a clinical herbalist and educator with over eight years of experience. She graduated from Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism’s Three Year Clinical Training Program in 2012. Emma believes that connection to the earth is where healing begins. She teaches classes on medicine making and basic principles of herbalism. As a clinical herbalist, Emma works with people with a variety of health goals. Many of her clients are interested in improving digestive health, relieving stress and anxiety, hormone balancing, allergy relief, and better sleep. She takes a gentle, client-centered approach to healing. You can book an herbal consultation with Emma here.
By Susan Staley
No matter how you plan to spend this winter holiday season from now until New Years Day 2021, it is bound to be as bittersweet as a bar of dark chocolate. A mix of longing, new territory, and various pressures with creative ways of connecting with others, celebration, and hopefully some peace. Whatever this season is like for you, we’ve compiled a short list of herbs and practices you can lean into during this time.
With the shortness of the days everything can be touched with a feeling of reflection, and this can both be challenging and beautiful. This year, may we try to welcome the hidden gifts in the strange “newness” of the season. And we hope that the following list, and the suggestions therein, will be a little like a helpful friend along the way.
Warming Adaptogenic Winter Bliss Balls Recipe
3. Add in herb powders and mix into a stiff dough.
4. Add slivered almonds and dried fruit. Mix well.
5. Use your hands to form into balls the size of large cherries.
6. Store in an airtight container up to a month outside of the fridge.
7. Eat 1-3 balls/day with a cup of hot herbal tea. Salud!
Susan Staley is a clinical and community herbalist and staff member with Railyard Apothecary. She deeply values those herbs and plants commonly available in most grocery stores, and the where the edge blurs between food and medicine. She works with individuals with a variety of health goals including immune, digestive, and mood support. You can schedule a conversation with her or other members of Burlington Herb Clinic here.
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