Hi friends! It’s Lauren here, with your Farm to School topic for December.
Alright, here’s your riddle:
I’m something that is sticky.
I’m something that is sweet.
I’m made by many insects.
I’m something you can eat.
What am I?
If you guessed honey… you are correct!
As the temperatures get cooler and the days get shorter, some of us take comfort in cozying up on the couch or by the fire with a warm cup of tea, perhaps sweetened with a touch of honey! In Scandinavian countries, people call this Hygge (hyoo-guh). Hygge is basically anything you like to do that feels like a warm hug, and very often involves a warm beverage such as tea or hot cocoa.
There may be times throughout the year where we experience anxiety, stress, or just a lot of commotion and overstimulation. It is so important to occasionally take the time to slow ourselves down, take a deep breath, and come back to our own bodies to see how we are doing and feeling. The only person that knows how your body feels is YOU! As you hang at home over the holiday break, I encourage you to find some Hygge and take a moment to breathe. It has been quite a year!
In order to do our ultimate cozy Hygge practice, let’s start with some herbal tea. Boil a pot of water, pick out your favorite mug, and select a type of tea – or try out this simple recipe below:
Lemon Ginger Tea
Makes 1 cup
2 slices organic lemon, ¼ inch thick
1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1-2 tsp honey
8oz hot water
- Place lemon and ginger slices in your mug.
- Pour boiling water over the fruit and roots and let steep for at least 5 minutes.
- Once the water has cooled slightly, stir in the honey – letting the water cool first will preserve the honey’s nutritional benefits.
- Remove the lemon and ginger slices with a spoon or leave in your mug to enjoy the beauty!
Five Senses Exercise
As your tea is steeping, try this Five Senses exercise to give yourself a moment of distraction from whatever is currently happening in your life:
Five: Notice five things that you can see. Become aware of your surroundings. Find something that you don’t typically look at in the room.
Four: Notice four things that you can feel. It could be the clothes that you are wearing, the chair you are sitting in, the warmth from the fireplace.
Three: Notice three things that you can hear. Listen for things in the background that you normally would tune out. Cars going by on the street, a bird chirping, the wind blowing.
Two: Notice two things that you can smell. Food cooking in the kitchen, clean laundry, soap that you just washed your hands with.
One: Notice one thing that you can taste. This could be what your mouth tastes like right now, or if you would like, pour some of your freshly steeped tea and take a taste.
How are you feeling? A little more relaxed? As we sip our tea, I wanted to share some of the healing qualities that we are taking in through this warm drink. We are giving ourselves an immune system boost – especially through the honey and lemon. We are supporting our digestive systems – tea is a great aid in nutrient absorption. And lastly, you might not even notice, but we are following the ways of Nature.
Winter is a time for healing and restoring our bodies. The earth also goes into a restoration period to take care of herself. No matter what is going on in our lives, the earth stays in her consistent patterns. This can help us find balance – just like the earth takes time to heal herself after a long summer, and growing season, we can do this too. There is less moisture in the air, making our skin feel dry and signaling us to drink more water. We continue to eat the rainbow making our skin glow. The sun sets earlier in the winter, signaling more sleep to heal and regenerate, but also reminding us to get outside during the sunny parts of the day.
Enjoy your tea and thanks for following along! I hope you find some Hygge this winter and follow the earth’s patterns in your own practice to take care. See you next month!
Five Senses Exercise adapted from UVM Medical Center’s Mindfulness Monday blog post: https://medcenterblog.uvmhealth.org/wellness/physical/mindfulness-mindful-monday-exercise/
Lemon Ginger Tea image: https://www.aspicyperspective.com/lemon-ginger-detox-tea-recipe/