Sale : Spagyrics for Digestion

November 5, 2017 by Micah  
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The nights are getting longer and the days shorter, while at the same time, more festive and hurried. The holidays must be upon us! So many factors come together this time of year that we find ourselves reaching for all kinds of Spagyric support: for digestion, immune defenses, energy, and mood.

This season’s sale is 20% off Spagyrics to support your health and cheer- click here to go right to our sale page, or read on for more information- below, we talk about our digestive tonic Spagyrics on sale, immune-boosters are discussed in this article, and this post talks about mood support.

As I sit here writing this, I have a big pot of quince fruit bubbling on the stove, cooking down to become jelly (a new holiday project for me, wish me luck!). I love making all kinds of jellies, jams, preserves, and chutneys to send friends and loved ones, and I enjoy the goodies they send me, not to mention all the tasty food that seems to pop up everywhere this season. No matter how hard I try, I always end up overindulging once (or twice, or more…), and then looking through our big bottles for something that will get my digestion back on track.

Digestive remedies seem to come in two types: warming and stimulating, and bitter and tonic. Both play a role in maintaining gut health, and we’ve got some from each category in this sale.
Warming herbs and spices are probably the quintessential taste of the holidays, and for good reason. They stimulate digestive action, especially when used with rich or heavy foods, and they increase circulation and overall warmth.

Ginger is the classic holiday spice, welcome in cookies and cakes, pies, and even savory dishes. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, helping keep all the body’s functions working smoothly, and it’s also a carminative, easing symptoms of over-indulgence such as bloating. Our Ginger Essence has all these qualities, and is also very warming and cheering with its sweet-hot taste.

Less common as a holiday spice in America, Saffron is a beloved flavour in European wintertime foods. In Sweden, the feast of Santa Lucia on December 13 is celebrated with the eating of saffron buns, called Lussekatt, which are sweet and rich, but balanced thanks to the digestive properties of the saffron. In our own home, we celebrate Solstice with a dinner of Bistella, a savoury Moroccan pie of chicken in phyllo pastry with lots of saffron. Its bright taste and cheering warmth bring a little promise of the return of the Sun which starts, however subtly, at the Solstice.

Our Saffron Initiatic is also subtle in its warming effects, bringing an inner uplift and ease which to me feels like a flower opening in my crown Chakra. Ayurvedically, Saffron is considered pure Sattva, or Spirit, and it is used to clear out the Nadis, or subtle energy channels. It has a remarkably clarifying effect to both the subtle and physical bodies, bringing clarity of mind, ease of movement, and an uplifted emotional state.

Turmeric, our next digestive tonic, is related to Ginger and shares Saffron’s glowing orange hue, but it is less warming than either, moving into bitters and their beneficial properties. So much research has been done on Turmeric and its healing powers, and it seems to be beneficial to every system and function of the body. Its main property is as an anti-inflammatory, and this property is especially useful in the digestive, neurological, and structural systems.

Our Turmeric Essence is a great short-term support for indigestion and discomfort from an evening of overindulgence, while our Spiritualized Essence is an excellent tonic to take daily throughout whatever season brings imbalance to your body.

Turmeric is a bit bitter and also somewhat starchy and rich, which is a classic combination of Jupiter herbal characteristics. Another herb that also has this combination of stimulating and nurturing is Dandelion, specifically the root. As I wrote back on Imbolc, Dandelion is sacred to the Celtic Brigid, and is eaten as a spring cleanser during her yearly festival. Dandelion’s bitter tonic properties are useful any time of year, and our Essence of Dandelion brings fast relief after a big dinner, or throughout the season to support overall wellness.

Gut health is intimately tied to immune health, but if the cold and dark season tends to leave you depleted and run down with winter ailments such as colds or the flu, more specific support of your immunity might be helpful. For Spagyrics to boost your defenses, see this article, and for seasonal mood support, read this post.

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