Learning to work with herbs has been one of the biggest sources of support in my life. I truly believe that the earth provides us with near everything we need to live healthfully. This is no knock against modern medicine, as pharmaceuticals and medical care has helped me many times. Herbal and plant medicine, used in conjunction with staying hydrated, getting enough rest, and eating mindfully, is best used for preventative care and long term holistic nourishment. Here are some of my favorite herbal allies that I use on a regular basis.
Do you notice that many of the plants mentioned help with digestion? The gut is known as the second brain, and is where most of our serotonin is produced! So being mindful of what you eat is essential to both physical and emotional health. If you have dietary restrictions, chronic health conditions, or a sensitive stomach, be sure to take care to prepare ahead of time by meal planning, scheduling grocery shopping visits (try not to shop when you are hungry/tired/sick), and asking others for help with cooking if you need it! For example, I like to make a big batch of nettle, raspberry leaf, and tulsi tea that lasts me for a couple days so I don’t have to make it every day. Since I’m in the van, I also try to make bigger batches of food when I am at a friend’s place or when I am housesitting so I have access to an oven to make meal preparation easier.
Please recognize that I am not a doctor, nor do I claim that anything here can cure you of any ailments. Please consult a doctor, medical professional, and/or a certified herbalist before moving forward with any health plan!
This is by no means an exhaustive list (heck, I could do a whole post just on mushrooms!). Would you like to see more posts like this from me? Leave a comment, and let us know what you think!
Alia Walston is a traveling writer and intuitive making connections between the challenges and ecstasies of our evolution