Shire City Herbals’ Tips For A Healthy Winter Season

Winter Survival Kit: Echinacea with Osha, Fire Cider and Winter Sunshine Tea

Last winter was my first Berkshire County winter in almost ten years and it was tough.  I was cold and sick frequently, almost every month it seemed I spent a few days totally out of commission.  Last winter I learned a lot about how to stay healthy during the colder months and this winter, I am happy to say I’m much better prepared for the low temperatures and all those opportunistic germs.  In preparation  for the coming winter my husband and I started making our own stay healthy herbal tinctures and remedies and just recently launched ‘Shire City Herbals’ so we can share our health building herbal formulas with all of you.   Here are my tips, including herbal formulas, for having a healthy and happy winter season.

  1. We call them colds because it’s easy for our bodies to become susceptible to pathogens when we are too cold for too long.  Our body must spend its resources keeping our temperature stable and can’t always fight off every germ that comes our way.   So, your first line of defense is to dress warmly.  I know this seems obvious but when I switched from cotton to wool clothing, wow, what a huge difference.  Wear a hat, a scarf, wool socks and a thin wool layer under your regular clothes and you’ll be toasty warm and healthy too.
  2. Eat warm foods.  Soups, hot tea and anything spicy will help keep you warm from the inside out. Hot peppers are great at warding off viruses and germs and flushing out your sinuses.  Garlic, ginger and horseradish are also great foods to eat regularly so look for ways to incorporate them into your diet.

    Me playing with the organic ginger we juiced and then froze in small batches.

  3. Exercise daily.  Whatever it is that you like to do that gets you hot and sweaty (yes, sex counts as exercise!) make sure to keep it up as often as possible throughout the winter.  Exercise warms you up and strengthens your immune system.  It’s also a great mood booster.  If you are like me and the lack of sunlight gets you down, you’ve got to exercise!  I love to run and this year I’ve ordered insulated carbide studded running shoes so I can keep up my daily run even when the roads are icy and snow covered.

    Echinacea with Osha: awesome immune boosting powers!

  4. Take immune boosting supplements like Echinacea with Osha, a Shire City Herbals specialty, and lots of Vitamin C at the onset of a cold or flu or take a low maintenance dose on a daily basis to insure your immune system is strong and healthy.

    An 8 oz bottle of Fire Cider

  5. Take your Fire Cider! ‘Fire Cider’ is based on the traditional New England cure-all of apple cider vinegar and honey, our Shire City Herbals Fire Cider tonic is spiced up with a synergistic blend of immune-boosting, health-enhancing, pathogen-fighting roots and fruits.  Fire Cider can be taken daily as a preventive and also at the onset of colds or flu. As an expectorant it breaks up congestion and helps to ward off respiratory ailments and sinusitis.  Fire Cider is also an excellent digestive aid for such common problems as heartburn, gas and bloating as well as sluggish digestion and Candida overgrowth.  Fire Cider increases circulation and warms the body, and thus is valuable in cold winter temperatures and for those who frequently experience cold extremities.

These simple and easy suggestions will help you make it through the coldest months and maybe even have you enjoying the winter!

All our Shire City Herbals creations will be for sale at the Handmade Holiday Festival this coming weekend, December 4th and 5th, click the link to view the official invite.  We will be giving out samples of our amazing Fire Cider and are looking forward to meeting you!

I am also launching my new website soon, same address, better site, and you’ll be able to read about and purchase all our Shire City Herbals through the new site or you can email with any questions or special requests:



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