Anticatarrhal Herbs

Anticatarrhal herbs are the ones that act on our body’s mucous. Generally, we think of using these herbs for the sinuses but they can be used on a wider spectrum than just ENT (ear, nose, and throat) related conditions. Our mucus in our body serves a purpose, to help move toxins and pathogens away from…

Wait, that’s vegetarian?

I am not a vegetarian. Nope, not at all. What I do know is that eating vegetarian feels really good to my body. If you are learning about your own wellness you may start to observe something similar. If you have not cooked vegetarian dishes before it may be hard to come up with something…

Analgesics

Continuing on with our exploration of herbal actions, we come to analgesics. Many of you have probably heard this term before and it is a common one not just in herbal medicine but also in modern pharmaceutical practices. An analgesic compound is one that relieves pain. Some herbs are falsely called analgesics but rather work…

Liquid Sunshine :) Winter Happiness Potion

I was just about to start typing and realized I had not taken my vitamin D yet today. Yes, I am going to talk about vitamin D. A few years back I had no clue how this little molecule could change my life so much during the winter. If you do not know much about…

Alteratives

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of our herbal action series. Last week we discussed adaptogens. This week we are moving onto alteratives. This phrase is a bit less specific than adaptogens but they are very valuable herbs in restoring proper function to many different systems of the body. Generally, these herbs appear to…

Vitamins from Herbs

It is not uncommon to hear someone who enjoys herbal medicine to talk about nourishing herbal infusions. This phrase, commonly shared by herbalist, Susan Weed, refers to the herbs that are high in vitamins and minerals. When taken as a long and strong cold/hot infusion, these nourishing herbs can replace many of your vitamins. Some…

Adaptogens

The first herbs we will be looking at as part of our herbal actions series are herbal adaptogens. Some of these herbs include: Ginseng, Holy Basil, Schisandra, and Ashwaganda. An adaptogen is an herb that helps your body to adapt to stressful situations. This is not limited to mental stress but also includes physical stress…

Nutrition to eat by!

I had a brilliant idea of what to share with you to start this year off right, and I promptly forgot when I got out of the shower 😛 So you get something tasty instead! Beef Stew! So often beef stew is filled with fat and oil, the cheep veggies, and well, it is tasty…

Herbal Medicine 101: Herbal Actions

When you first start to learn about herbal medicine it may be overwhelming to learn so many new words. Some of these words may be botanical (from botany) like rhizomes and stomata. Others may be different kinds herbal preparations like liniments and poultices. Then you will start to see different herbal actions, how the herb…