The Fall Apothecary: Preparing for Cool Weather

It’s been ninety degrees and humid for the last two days. It is still summer. But school starts next week (and Little Man will be headed off to preschool!) and there are little hints here and there that the season is waning. The first leaves have started to yellow, and a few have drifted to the ground. And the days are shorter – the sun isn’t fully up until just after six, and it’s dark by eight – somewhere along the way, we’ve lost an hour and a half of glorious summer sunlight. You can be in denial all you want, but summer is coming to an end. So why waste time of denial? Better to plan ahead for the fall season and be sure you’re prepared to face it head on.

There are a few things I’d like to be sure to have on hand to be ready for cold and flu season, and to deal with the aches and pains that seem more prevalent when cold weather sets in. Here’s my to do list for the next couple of weeks –

Elderberry Syrup (for colds and flu)

Ginger Salve (for sore muscles)

Valerian Mint Cordial (as a sleep aid)

Sea Salt Spray (to keep my summer waves/hairstyle a little while longer)

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