It is easy in our culture to want the ‘best’ the ‘strongest’ medicine for your ills. Western medicine has a ‘kill-what-is-invading-your-body’ approach to healing, rather than a ‘use-nourishing-medicines-to-strengthen-and-support-your-body’. I want to take a step back and celebrate three herbs that are easily overlooked because they seem so common and perhaps even ‘hum drum’. Each of these has many uses and I encourage you to add them all to your home apothecary.
Starting your personal herbal apothecary can be exciting. People enjoy the process of researching what herbs they want to try, ordering tinctures and selecting salves. But often I hear from people that their herbal healing journey never got off the ground. Starting is easy, but losing steam is easier. You must have a plan to incorporate herbal care into the routine of daily life for it to be sustainable and beneficial.
I often receive calls and emails from people who have tried this or that herbal remedy but didn’t notice any results and thus, didn’t think it worked. After a great many of these conversations, three common errors stood out. Read on to learn how to avoid these mistakes!
I included this lesser known herb in my autumn roots series, because it deserves some attention. Codonopsis deeply nourishes the immune system and can help with recovery from things like chronic fatigue syndrome and extreme exhaustion.
If you, or your child, get sick frequently in wintertime, Astragalus might be the perfect choice to strengthen the immune system for the long haul. This great wintertime herb is wonderful for treating any respiratory illness like hacking cough, bronchitis or pneumonia, and is a fantastic herb to support former smokers.
Ashwaganda is a deep-acting root which nourishes our entire endocrine system and regulates all of our hormone-producing glands: from thyroid to adrenals to our hypothalamus. If you have been working too hard for too long, and are exhausted by running from one thing to the next, Ashwaganda may be for you!
Thyme is anti-viral and anti-bacterial, great for coughs that are ‘wet’ (think mucous) head colds, flu and low fevers. It contains high levels of a very active essential oil thymol. Mixed with other herbs it helps acute bronchitis.. This wonderful herb has so many benefits, why not add more into your cooking?
Yes, that delicious rosemary which is oh-so-good atop potatoes, squash and all manner of root vegetables is seriously good for you.
Sage is antiseptic and one of my favorite medicines for swollen glands. The tea by itself tastes acrid but with honey it has a lovely taste. I will even gargle with it when I know my glands and immunity needs some extra love.
Let’s start with parsley, which honestly is way too much of a rockstar to be relegated to the role of a lowly garnish. Parsley is loaded with carotenoids (Lutein, Lycopene), folic acid, Vitamins A,C, & K, plus iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.