It’s wonderful to tune into the changing seasons!
We are welcoming our hemp seeds into our processing barn at this pivotal moment in the year.
What a time to appreciate the long summer days when all the plants were growing and to be grateful for the bounty the fields have produced. With the harsh winter months arriving fast, it’s a time to turn inwards and slow down the ever-increasing pace of modern life. It’s also an opportunity to take stock of what we have and invest in ourselves to get through the colder, darker days with warmth and light.
What have you been doing to prepare for the season? Have you made changes at home for your wellbeing? Whether you’re an expert or a novice, here are a few of our own winter wellbeing tips to keep the blues at bay:
1. Get prepared!
Storage spaces are cleared, labels are written and jars are filled.
We’ve been organising our food stores to make sure we have all the staples we need to get through the winter. With the potential for another lockdown and possible Brexit delays, it’s important to plan ahead.
Being smart about what’s in your pantry is a good way to avoid any surprises or panic buying, making sure there’s still enough for everyone to go around.
It’s also an opportunity to check in with the variation of your diet. Make any modifications if you have diet requirements, and to take the time to reconnect with all the food and nutrients you’ll be needing for good health maintenance.
We know how important Vitamin C and D are for keeping our immune systems on top form. Did you know you can get these magic supplements in other ways than eating your weight in oranges?
Our favourite wild-foraged vitamin-stores are elderberries and rosehips. Preserve these beauties as elderberry tincture or in a winter elixir. Take a moment to think about what you might need over winter and plan ahead to preserve if fresh produce will be more difficult to access.
3. Food supplements
Another timely benefit of this cannabinoid is that when taken regularly as part of a healthy diet, “Cannabis can reduce the virus’ entry points to the body by up to 70 percent.’’
Researchers (and we!) are very excited by this discovery. More time is being invested to better understand the effects. Although it might feel like a luxury, it’s a great reminder to keep up with your regular dose of CBD oil.
4. Stay hydrated
We need to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, with more if we exercise.
Not a fan of plain old water? It can be hard getting in all those glasses!
Herbal teas are hydrating and a great way to ensure winter wellness.
Be conscious of drinking too much caffeinated or sweetened liquid as this can be dehydrating.
Water is such a simple way to boost your mood, keep you energised and feeling healthy.
We’ve all seen a sad looking plant that needs a drink.
Humans aren’t that different!
5. Kraut it up!
Oh, how we love probiotics!
We grew a LOT of cabbage this year, so preserving them as sauerkraut and kimchi in extra large jars was a great way to avoid wasting it. It also means we get to enjoy vegetables long past autumn.
We make a fresh batch of Kombucha every couple of months, using a second ferment of hemp stem tea mixed with something tasty and seasonal.
We’ve had elderflower, meadowsweet, even cherry! Our last batch used hemp tea and apples from our apple picking day. Make it all the merrier by getting creative with your winter preserving.
We’re very happy to keep a good stock of products by our local fermenters, the wonderful Pama Creations. What’s your favourite fermentation?
6. Plan your planting
If you have any garden space, or even a little veg box on a windowsill or patio that gets some daylight, take the natural pause of winter to plan your growing calendar.
Most plants are now dormant, but you can still get excited about what will blossom next year. Deepen your connection with the seasons and create something you can look forward to.
Honouring the soil, feeling the hopefulness of spring to come and even getting a bit dirty now and then can boost your immune system as much as all the vitamins in the land!
7. Take a stroll
Head outdoors and embrace the crisp air. Even a short time outside each day can make the world of difference.
Time spent in nature helps us to relax and is great for our mental health over winter. It’s also wonderful for our immune systems as anytime spent under the sun (even a milky one!) helps the body catch natural vitamin D.
Wrap up warm before a gentle walk or get your blood pumping with some faster exercise. The cold weather doesn’t have to be a deterrent, it just means we need to change how we interact with the outside world.
8. Nourish yourself – inside and out!
In these colder days with biting wind, it’s important to protect your skin from the winter chill and the dryness that comes with it.
Keep your skin nourished and glowing with our special bundle Nourishing Winter Hemper – nothing quite like a shameless plug for a finale…
What are your winter wellbeing tips? We’d love to hear from you!