Herbal Medicine has always fascinated me and the the abundance that plants are able to offer us. Each day we are surrounded by the beauty of nature and breath in everything it offers. Using various plants and their bi-products is one of the most ancient healing arts and has been the medicine for people for centuries. We are living in a world where we are finding more sustainable ways to live, eating organic foods, non GMO, and conserving nature are at the fore front. It is time to look at the benefits that that can empower you to use herbs and gain all that they have to offer. We cannon dismiss their healing properties, this is meant to make you aware of the properties that some common herbs have and how you can incorporate them into your daily life.
Different parts of the plants can have different properties and actions on the body. How you use them can make a difference on how it affects the body. I will keep it simple and list only those that are readily available and are most common. A trusted source to buy herbs is a Canadian company in British Colombia Harmonic Arts which has a large variety of organic herbs. It is always a good idea to purchase organic, well sustained herbs as you are ingesting in to your body.
Making herbal blends, tinctures, tonics and syrups allows you to control what and how you use your creations. The following are just to make you mindful of herbs and what they offer and use at your discretion. To learn more contact me for workshops that I host for small groups. Please consult health care professionals if you are undergoing treatment before supplementing with herbs.
This is an adaptogenic and tonic herb that has been widely used in Chinese medicine to boost energy and strengthen immunity. It has been shown to restore immune function whose immune systems have been compromised by chronic illness. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties making it helpful in preventing and treating common cold.
This is a spicy aromatic herb that acts as a warming stimulant. Used in chinese medicine as a digestive circulatory stimulant. It has also shown to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. It has astringent, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Use it in small doses.
This pesky garden weed has very beneficial effects on the digestive and urinary system and pancreas. Dandelion root can help stimulate bile flow and aid the liver, and leaf is more of a diuretic to aid kidney function. It acts on the microflora of the gut and helps stimulate digestive secretions. Use in moderation.
There are many types or species of Echinacea and the most commonly used are Echinacea augustifolia or E.purpea. Echinacea aids in the process of antibody formation and stimulates the production of white blood cells. It helps the body fight viral infections and is often used to treat cold and flu.
It is a relaxing herb that we all know that eases tension and anxiety. You may use it as an essential oil but can also use the buds. It helps to lift mood and has analgesic properties that may elevate headaches. The oil of lavender has anti fungal properties and great remedy for burns.
It is an antiseptic and useful for infections of the respiratory and digestive tracts. It has been used to remedy fungal infections, coughs and congestion. Oil of oregano is the most potent and commonly used. Be attentive using it as it is considered a hot herb with warming properties.
This is said to be helpful for colds and fever especially with symptoms of chills and fever and night sweats. It has antiseptic properties and may help with throat and mouth irritation when used as a mouthwash.