Warming & Energizing Herbs for Autumn

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We don’t know about you, but fall makes us feel sooo cozzzy. And yet life still demands we leave the house! For reasons other that scuffling leaves! Rude! Herbs and supplements are big part of Pomme, and we tend to find we’re particularly grateful for them during seasonal transitions. We put together a quick list of some of our favourite earthy, warming, energizing leaves, barks, and roots that help us feel in tune with autumn… while also helping us get the heck out of bed and out into those crisper, darker mornings :)

Medicinal Mushrooms
The beautiful, earthy flavour of mushrooms seems so perfect for fall, especially when brewed into a tea. And medicinal mushrooms offer an array of potential benefits, from immune support (chaga), to respiratory support (cordyceps) to brain health (lion’s mane.)

Tulsi
Also known as Holy Basil, tulsi is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an "adaptogen" meaning it is used to help your body deal with stress on a broad systemic level. It has a lovely, light, uplifting flavour and can now be found in many herbal tea blends.

Cinnamon
We find cinnamon really boosts our mood just because it has such positive delicious baking associations! But, as a tree bark, it does also have very welcome anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Try a sprinkle in your coffee or on a bowl of natural yogurt and honey if you don’t feel like snickerdoodles are your healthiest cinnamon option :)

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Ginger 
You may want to keep ginger in mind for the day after your Thanksgiving meal! Ginger is well known to be fantastic for calming an uneasy stomach, and it has great anti-inflammatory properties too. Whether your using it for cooking, in a tea, or as a sweet ginger candy treat it may be the ultimate warming + energizing herb!

Cocoa and Cacao
Cocoa powder offers all the oft-touted benefits of chocolate (such as theobromine, a healthier chemical cousin to caffeine, and phenylethylamine and serotonin, chemicals involved in how we feel love) without any processed sugars. We recommend sweetening up your cup of hot cocoa with raw honey, and adding a tablespoon of coconut oil for some healthy fats and a silky consistency. You can also try using cacao powder in your smoothies, bowls, and baking—it’s the raw, unroasted version of cocoa, so it packs a particularly intense punch of all the good stuff!

Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate belongs alongside coffee and tea as beverages that offer caffeine-based benefits along with antioxidant and/or immune support . We really appreciate its grounding, earthy flavour this time of year, and because it has less caffeine than coffee it offers more of a gentle, uplifting nudge than a big jolt. Perfect for helping you cruise through the afternoon!

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