Herbalism, herbalist, herbal medicine seem to be words that a lot of people veer away from. Many people confuse herbal medicine with Ayuveda and Chinese medicine, but as one of my teachers always puts it, "herbal medicine is wester medicine, we used it here for many years before modern medicine came along". Slowly herbal medicine got pushed out of our lives as modern medicine became more and more common. Now dont get me wrong. There is a time and place for modern medicine, but I believe that if we take care of our bodies with herbs to maintain balance, we will not need modern medicine as much.
As I started my journey, I started to notice things I already did in my entire life that have been connected to herbalism. For example onion on your body wether is your feet or chest while sick, mint for headaches, even juices I made in which I picked very carefully what veggies go in based on what they do. I could go on and on but I am sure as soon as I mentioned this you already started thinking what you have done in your life that you just realized has ties to herbalism.
Now the goal is to take it one step further and do those things with a conscious mind as to why you do it, exactly like when you decide what to put in your juice depending on what you need that day. It seems harder than it is so lets start simple!! I am going to share a list of examples of herbs you probably use everyday or that you can easily find in your local stores. (remember to check for pesticides if buying live plants, and for additives if buying dry plants or teas.)
Also this is not a quick get healthy guide, herbs take time and dedication but your body will love you for it!!! (do not forget to check for allergies before tying anything you have not tried perviously, be careful when dealing with children and pregnant or breast-feeding women)
can be applied to skin for sunburns
can be used as tea, when mixed with ginger it is a great aid for menstrual cramps
can help with insomnia and mild anxiety (avoid if p or bf women)
can be used by chewing or making into to tea to aid sore throats, indigestion, and menstrual cramps (avoid if p or bf women, those with high blood pressure, low potassium levels in blood, heart disease, cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, kidney disease, or erectile dysfunction. Stop using at least two weeks before surgery)
St. Johns Wort:
can be used as tea, tablets, or capsules(usually store bought) to aid depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorders (do not use with other medication, can have side effects)
can be used as a condiment to flavor food, the flower can be used as a tea to settle stomach and calm nerves
can be used as tea to improve mood, can aid nightmares and allow for a good sleep (avoid if you have a hypothyroid condition)
taken after meals it aids digestion, used as tea it aids migraines (caution with children under 5 and p/bf women)
crushed leaves are great for cuts and insect bites to reduce inflammation and itchiness
can aid insomnia and anxiety relief
an infusion can be used for colds, flu, headaches, and dandruff
as tea can aid menstrual pain and calm diarrhea (caution with p women)
as tea can aid nausea
(fun fact I have used fresh ginger to make homemade ginger ale)
Remember to be careful while using herbs, to much of anything can be harmful to the body.