Farm to School this month is getting cozy! With our long winter approaching, it’s important to know how to adopt hygge practices. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Scandanavian concept, meaning a sense of coziness that leads to contentment and wellbeing. Hygge may involve the use of candles or warm lighting, good food with good friends, reading a loved book in front of a warm fire or wrapping up in a fuzzy blanket. The word hygge was originally a Norwegian word which means well-being, perhaps from the word hygge which means hug.
To create hygge in the classroom, were turning off lights and sipping on some herbal tea. We put:
Lemon Balm, for a tart, lemony taste, and to brighten us up with a boost of energy.
Anise Hyssop, to sweeten in it’s licorice-mint way and to ease sore throats and stuffy noses.
Hawthorn Berries, for it’s fruity tang and tendency to lighten a heavy heart.
And Ginger, to warm us with it’s spice!
We added a bit of honey to sweeten and soothe, and ta daaa! Our golden winter potion was complete. You just need a small amount of each herb, and it should steep for about 5 minutes in just boiled water.
Maybe next snow day, you can relax and sip on some hygge tea!