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Starting to feel the cold? Now is the time when the lovely warming spices come into their own: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice.

The ones we put into mulled wine and Christmas goodies.

In the old days they had the extra merit of helping to preserve food, but they all share the virtue of boosting your circulation and helping you to stay warm.

We have plenty of home-grown winter warmers, too, like mustard, horseradish, garlic and rosemary. Some, like yarrow and elderflowers, are more purely herbal, while others are on the food side of the line.

Drink them as teas, add them to all kinds of dishes, and they will help to avert cold feet, chilblains and other direct effects of cold weather. What’s more, they will also strengthen your ability to stave off colds, sore throats and so on.
In old-fashioned humoral terms, these herbs or spices are warm and dry, and so they counterbalance cold and damp conditions.

Living in this temperate northern climate would be a lot less pleasant without them.

EDITOR: Su has an excellent Herb Handbook available to buy directly from her website or from Amazon.


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Su Bristow
Who Am I?
I studied at the School of Herbal Medicine for four years, and qualified in 1989, becoming a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists ( The road to herbal medicine led from my early interest in organic gardening and healthy eating, through the study of social and physical anthropology at Cambridge, where I specialised in medical anthropology. What fascinated me was how people deal with their health problems when they have only the natural resources around them, and their own ingenuity. I went on to learn massage and reflexology, and worked at a residential naturopathic clinic, where I learned about the use of diet and other natural ways of healing. After qualifying as a herbalist, I set up practice in mid-Devon. Since then I have continued to expand my expertise, with counselling skills, first aid, and knowledge of the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of herbal medicine. Besides one-to-one consultation, I have also taught evening classes, students of the Westcountry Massage Association, and various private courses.
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