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Top 5 Winter Ailments and the Witchy Ways to Combat Them

Winter months are in full swing, and so are the symptoms that can wreak havoc on our physical and spiritual health. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 winter illness and how to overcome them.

 

#1. Cold and Flu

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It starts off with some sniffles. Then the coughing and sneezing. Soon, your entire body aches. Cold and Flu season is no joke. I’m actually recovering from a cold as I write this, and I guarantee it won’t be my last of the winter season.

Cold and flu are killers on several aspects of your chakra balance, including your sacral, solar plexus, and throat chakras. Here are our suggestions to keeping that shit in check:

  • Take a hot lavender bath to remove toxins and relax your system.

  • Drink a peppermint or chamomile tea to soothe your throat.

  • Eat foods that include grains and fruit to regulate your digestive cycle.

  • Keep a carnelian and/or fluorite stone on your person.

  • Throw Happy Baby, Cat-Cow, and Camel poses into your yoga routine – if energy allows for it.

Nerd coven product suggestion: Relaxing Rose Herbal Smoke Blend, which has mullein in it to relax some symptoms of cold and flu.

 

#2. Seasonal Digestive Distress

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Whether you’re gorging yourself on Thanksgiving turkey or enjoying some yule sweets, winter is the time where indigestion hits hard. If us witches aren’t careful, we can end up with unpleasant stomach pains. If you find yourself with digestive troubles, keep on reading.

When you go hard on the holiday foods, you’re stressing out your solar plexus. This is the core of your personal power, so here’s are some suggested paths to follow:

  • Surround yourself with a pleasant atmosphere that may be outside of your comfort zone. Try doing your daily yoga or meditation practice in a park.

  • Anoint oils like lemongrass to your solar plexus chakra.

  • Hold stones like citrine or peridot to the affected area.

  • Add a cup of granola with bananas to your morning routine.

 

#3. Stress and Anxiety

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Listen, we get it. The holidays are a time for joy and giving. They’re also a time for your Aunt Brenda to push her political views, your racist cousin to come out from the woodworks, and your Grandma to ask you when you’re getting married. AKA: You’re stressed. We’re stressed. Everyone’s stressed.

Temporary stress has a way of uprooting our every day. If you’ve got it, your root chakra is in a funk. Holiday stress can also be linked to the throat chakra, as we’re not able to express ourselves in a way we’d like (thanks Aunt Brenda).

Here’s how to kick stress' ass in time for the holidays:

  • Try moving your yoga practice to your backyard. Dig your feet in some dirt. Visualize a red light. Ground the fuck out of your routine.

  • Include some beets, carrots, and parsnips in your next meal.

  • Directly anoint your root chakra with some bomb ass patchouli or sandalwood oil. (Note: do not apply directly if you’re known to have essential oil reactions).

  • Drink a crystal elixir with stones like celestite, aquamarine, aventurine, amethyst, and labradorite.

 

#4. Fatigue

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Cold weather is amazing. The leaves are turning colors and it’s time to rock your favorite sweater. Cold weather can also be a pain in the ass and leave us permanently feeling like we took one too many Benadryl.

Fatigue can be affected by the solar plexus chakra, the power center of the body (see #2 for tips). It can also be due to a disconnect from the higher beings, a sign of an imbalanced crown chakra. Here are some suggested tips to combat seasonal fatigue:

  • Take a ritual bath with some clear quartz or sunstone. Be sure to sprinkle some vervain in there too.

  • Anoint oils like frankincense directly to the top center of the head or carry cinnamon around your person.

  • The next time you meditate, ask your crown what it needs when you reach a calm state. Then act upon that sound, visual, feeling, or whatever it may be.

 

#5. Depression

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Seasonal depression, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is ,unfortunately, the norm in these colder, darker months. You have less energy, trouble concentrating, weight gain, and all the unpleasant things that come with depression. Luckily, there are some small things you can do to pull yourself out of this temporary funk.

Ask yourself where this depression is coming from. A lack of sunlight or loneliness causes most season depression. In that case, add some of the following activities to your winter routine:

  • Wear some lapis lazuli, lepidolite, malachite, peridot, or tourmaline around your person.

  • Take a ritual bath with some Epsom salt, rose oil, and dried basil.

  • Add some lavender, catnip, or rosemary to your next tea blend or meal.

Nerd Coven product suggestion: Negativity Banishment Herbal Blend.

 

Not every symptom has the same solution. Do you have any go-to metaphysical healing suggestions for the winter blues? Leave them in the comments below!