I love the healing power of herbs. They look so benign, but are the powerhouses of natural healing. The following are my top five favorites. They’re the ones that have helped me the most, and the ones I turn to again and again to help myself, my family, and my clients.
On to the herbs…
- Passionflower is the flower of the vine that produces passionfruit. It is a great herb for relaxing both your nervous system and your muscles. Please do not use this herb if pregnant, as you don’t want to relax your uterine muscles. Passionflower is also great for adrenal support, and when using for this purpose you’re best to drink a cup of it a couple of hours before bed. Try some in our Passionflower tea.
- Ginger seems to be a cure-all, plus it’s really tasty. Use ginger for digestive issues, as an immune booster, and as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. One of my favorite ginger drinks is our Ginger Tonic: ginger, lemon, and honey steeped in hot water.
- Licorice root. Before you turn up your nose and scroll down to the next one, licorice root is NOT used to flavor black licorice. That’s anise seed. Licorice root has a naturally sweet flavor and is a mucilagenic, meaning it’s slippery. That makes it great for sore throats, the digestive tract, and the liver. Licorice root is an ingredient in many of our teas, but is most predominant in our Licorice Spice.
- Chamomile is widely known for its relaxing qualities, but it’s also great for soothing irritated skin. You can steep 3 tsp of the herb in 8 oz of boiling water until it cools to room temp and then use it on any irritated or infected skin. For soothing yourself to sleep, try our Sweet Dreams, Evening in Missoula, and Sereni-Tea.
- Last, but not least, is burdock root as it flushes toxins out of your body and blood. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and is a gentle diruetic. To see how burdock root works for you, try it in either our Endurance Blend or Head to Heart.
How about you? Have you tried any of these herbs? What herbs are your favorite for healing?