It's slushy and cold here in NYC. Spring is soon to arrive but there are still few more weeks of winter. Remember it's not just hats and wool socks that keep you warm this time of year, but also the foods, teas and spices that you consume. Inspired by this I'm sharing a few words on one of my favorite herbs, Ginger. I hope you enjoy this post!
I'm also writing to announce that in celebration of Women's History Month I've teamed up with the inspiring women of By Way Of to bring you a new workshop, HERBAL TONICS FOR WOMEN. I hope you will join us. Details are below and on my website.
In health & community, Alicia Allison Herbalist & Founder, Clover and Timothy
GINGER, VISHWABHESAJ, "THE UNIVERSAL MEDICINE"
Ginger is perhaps our most versatile and well-known herb. We drink ginger tea and ginger beer and eat ginger candies, pickled ginger and ginger chicken. We find ginger in curries, in fancy cocktails and in cookies. Queen Elizabeth apparently liked the herb so much that she had gingerbread men made in the likeness of her guests at court.
In Ayurveda ginger was called Vishwabhesaj, or "the universal medicine" and was said to be the most sattvic of all spices. During these cold winter days, we can use ginger to keep warm, well and vital.
Known in Latin as Zingiber officinale, ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, which also includes its rhizome cousins turmeric and galangal. Pungent, sweet and heating in nature, some sources say ginger originated in southern China; others say India. The truth is no one is exactly sure just how old ginger is and where it came from. This is because no one has ever found the plant growing in the wild. We do know it has been around for roughly 3000 - 4000 years and was exported to Europe from India as early as the first century AD. Today you can find it the world over. Here in New York City you can find it in almost any supermarket, sidewalk fruit stand and on the shelves of most bodegas....Read More
Women have been wildcrafters, cultivators, herbalists and medicine makers throughout history. During this hands-on evening workshop hosted by the women ofBy Way Of, I will discuss the role women have played in the history of herbalism, relay the basics of using herbs in self care and present herbs and essential oils that are specifically beneficial to the female body and experience. You will learn about and taste plants such as Lady's Mantle, Shatavari, Red Raspberry, Rose, Red Clover and Damiana. At the end of the class you will handcraft your own personalized tonic tea using these plants.
March 26th, 6:30-9:30pm $75
West Elm MARKET 50 Washington Street DUMBO, Brooklyn, 11201
Tea and snacks will be served.All herbs provided will be organic.
To register for this event, click here. Space is limited; early registration is recommended.
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