Winter's darkest night has arrived. Inspired by the longest night, am trying to prioritize sleep, I swear! It is the most natural thing for our bodies to turn toward this time of year, and yet it can be an elusive routine for many reasons.
Here are a couple of my reasons this season:
~The gift muse has arrived and I cannot stop making the most amazing herbal holiday gifts late into the night
~Late night online shopping (I endorse shopping locally, but it's so fun to window shop!)
~I fall asleep at 8 with the kids and awaken at 11:30, ready for some "me" time. Seriously, can I consider latent insomnia "me" time? It's all in the attitude!
~Straight up Insomnia
Insomnia is one reason that can perplex even those who are incredibly type A with their sleep hygiene (dark room, lights out by 10, no screens after dinner, dim lights in the evening, low stimulation).
Introducing our favorite nourishing adaptogen for sleep, Ashwaganda, or Withania somnifera. She brings the strength of...
When the soil is still workable in late fall, a gardener will garden. And when the soil is frozen, a gardener will use bags of sand, pebbles and soil to build a raised garden bed - in preparation for springtime!
PreK through second grade students at Moretown Elementary spent a day building a circular "Tortuga" garden together as an effort to make more garden space for perennial herbs they will plant in the spring.
As part of "The Tea Project", students are gathering, drying and using herbs to make and learn about herbal teas, their benefits to the body, and how their body feels in response to drinking the tea.
These students are very hard workers, filled with grit and resilience. The photos speak for themselves.