Why you should grow your own herbs, part two.
Yesterday I showed you chamomile and tomorrow I will show you yarrow, but calendula is perhaps the most pronounced of the three. You can easily see the difference in quality between homegrown calendula that was harvested at its peak, dried quickly, and stored and handled properly vs. calendula that was purchased from a big distributor.
Working with fresh, potent, high quality herbs makes our remedies effective and growing them is so easy and fulfilling. If you have even the tiniest bit of space, I would encourage you to grow some of your own. If you could only grow 5, I would suggest chamomile, yarrow, calendula, red clover and lemon balm, solely based on the quality difference I've noticed between homegrown and distributor-purchased in these 5.
I realize that not everyone has time or space to keep a garden or wants to do so, but if you have the desire to try, I encourage you to go for it! Start small with just a couple things if you need to - even just the culinary herbs - so you can get used to growing things and then add more species as you're able. 🐝
If you choose not to grow herbs, the best way to get high quality herbs for your apothecary is to support local herb growers by purchasing their freshly harvested and dried herbs in season directly from them. 💚
If you want to grow herbs and don't know where to start, browse through floranella.com for some inspiration and educational content.
p.s. Today's podcast episode features K.P. Khalsa on the topic of herbal pain relief. It's a great episode! You can listen in through your fav podcast player (search for the Herbs & Oils Podcast) or online at aromaculture.com/podcast
It’s a beautiful day when someone can take the vast and ever-expanding subject of herbalism to a place where anyone can dive right in and begin participating in the art of making herbal infusions. This is a handy, how-to book for beginners and a compilation of inspiring recipes for the more advanced student. Colleen Codekas (a graduate of the Herbal Academy!) has filled the pages in Healing Herbal Infusions with clear and practical instructions along with quips of sage advice and valuable insights. She first provides her readers with the basics—how to source herbs, and what materials to use for specific recipes.
Each chapter addresses common bodily concerns or conditions and introduces the reader to herbal recipes that are supportive and nourishing. Colleen (@growforagecookferment) talks us through the beginning of each chapter as if we were sitting at the kitchen table together. She is wise, gentle, and informed and her approach to her subject matter is cozy and unintimidating. We feel empowered to move right along in our kitchens or apothecaries to make herbal infusions. Each recipe is also highlighted with chit chat that references the writer’s first-hand experience with making the recipe, or she tells us a little bit more about the imbalance we are supporting or the herbs we are using. This harmonious melody of rhyme and reason is played throughout the book in the writer’s voice.
Starting the morning with a fresh cup of joe⠀
We love a good coffee or hot tea. But what we love even more is adding our potent oil to it.⠀
It’s a match made in Heaven sure to tingle your senses!⠀ #hemedicinals#honestherb#trustheplant
In 2016 I completed my Master Herbalist training. At that time I had a vague idea of "some day, maybe" using that certification to start a new business.
Last summer I was probably at the lowest point of feeling "stuck". Although everything was going OK, I had lost any personal satisfaction I may have once had about any of it.
I finally got so tired of feeling this way, that I made a call to Kim for what I thought was a marketing class for self-care/healthcare entrepreneurs. All I hoped was that I would discover some insight on how to implement my plan for opening an Herbal Shop.
I have never been more happy to wrong in my entire life!!!!! After only about 15 minutes into the call, not only did I realize what I had been missing as far as Life Coaching was concerned, I knew deep in my soul that THIS is what I wanted to be. And I have never looked back!
It is possible to find happiness again. To be happy. All it takes is learning to control the one thing you can. Your THOUGHTS!!! #integrativelife #herbalmedicine #lifecoaching #herbalism #selfcare
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My lovely wife & I are taking part in the @sister.science 5 day stewed apple challenge! 🍏😌😊
Today was my day up to create a specific recipe. ✨ In Ayurveda, stewed apples are seen as part of a perfect morning ☀️routine to gently awaken the digestive system - getting ready for the day’s meals - and simultaneously cleanse the GI tract, so that the body can digest future meals cleanly. In Ayurveda, healing begins with our ability to digest food properly and from there build quality tissue, feel balanced emotionally, and stop any build up of “ama,” or toxins. This “ama” Is created when food is left undigested in the GI tract or when food is not digested efficiently.
In the Ayurvedic worldview our embodied (in a body!) 🕺🏻💃🏻 selves are made up of various combinations of the 5 elements. My particular makeup has a lot of FIRE 🔥 in it, or Pitta. Therefore I crafted my stewed apple recipe to complement my fiery makeup by bringing in herbs that stoke digestion without overheating the system. 😌 👉🏼 These include: cumin, cardamom, fennel, coriander, fresh turmeric, and a dash fresh ginger. Since I have a long day of work, I also added an herbal blend by @animamundiherbals called “The Mind” which is filled with brainfuel herbs like lions mane, brahmi, and gotu kola; as well as a hint of cocoa powder for energy and a finish of maple syrup - mineral rich & one of the best sweeteners for Pitta types!
To recap the process 🔪🔪💕
- chop up your apples
- Simmer 2 tbsp of ghee or coconut oil (other oils for different dosas work too - ghee is the best and works for all dosas)
- Add your spices (see my list above, tweak dependent on your needs - please research the qualities of your herbs and spices first! They are there not just to make things taste good, but to make our food medicine!)
- Add in your apples & toss in spices & oil
- Add in layer of water covering the apples somewhat but not completely
- Cook until soft
- Offer your dish up with love in your heart 💛
Stay tuned for more healing adventures in Ayurveda!🙏🏼
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#didyouknow infants on soy formula receive the estrogen equivalent of five birth control pills a day?
Eating healthy is EXTREMELY important. Our bodies MUST have enough proteins, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients (like antioxidants) to not only survive, but thrive. Additionally, too many sugars, refined foods, pesticides, and preservatives can wear and tear on our bodies. But what do you say to the individual who eats a PERFECT diet (and has even tried about every diet out there, each one claiming to be “the answer for healing”) and still isn’t getting better? What to you do with an person who eats only organic, unprocessed, whole foods and still keeps getting sicker? What then? Is it just “their fault” or “all in their head” like conventional medicine likes to say when they can’t find a medication that works for you or fail to find a diagnosis that fits? Of course not. This is the beauty of #functionalmedicine . It looks at the WHOLE PERSON: mind, body, spirit, and, in my practice, SOUL. Health and wellness is comprised of soooooo incredibly much more than JUST what we’re eating and fueling our physical bodies with. What are we fueling our minds with? Our spirits? Our souls? They can get malnourished and become toxic, too. Holistic healing is about a WHOLEistic approach to health and wellness...it treats the WHOLE person and looks at the whole picture. And if anyone (big IG following or not) tells you that health is determined solely by the food you’re consuming, well, RUN 🏃♀️If you’re unsure of how you should be nourishing your WHOLE self and are in need of some guidance to live your healthiest life, shoot me a DM to be added to my waiting list. I will be opening back up for clients in May. Until then, love and prayers for peace and healing are with you. #annasorganicswellness
🍃 #didyouknow Pomegranate blueberry juice consumption reduces depression, protects against Alzheimer’s disease & improves memory?
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the world of thuốc bắc/northern medicine/chinese medicine has been teaching me a lot. in tcm/traditional chinese medicine, everything in the natural world is considered an herb with medicinal properties, be it plant, animal or mineral. although we learn about these herb elders one by one, what’s most fascinating to me is that in application, they are rarely ever used alone. combined in formulas, they are so much more powerful & effective when working in #community & #collaboration with other herbs. in group they embody the capacity to #harmonize#highlight#enhance each other’s positive qualities & #minimize another’s harsh qualities. they’re like the homies who care enough to uplift your shine & also check your ass when you go too far lol. what a different world we would live in if we remembered these lessons of group over individual.
pics 2-6 were sent by my mama in the motherland #vietnam as my #motivation to keep goin’!
🍃 #didyouknow Holy Basil is among the most dependable herbs to treat alcohol dependency. The holy basil, which is loaded with medicinal properties, reduces the cravings for alcohol. 🍃It’s consumption ultimately helps the person to treat alcoholism. It is also an antioxidant and eliminates the hazardous free radicals and detoxifies the body.