Expectorant Herbs

You have probably wanted to use these herbs more than once in your life. Expectorant herbs help remove mucus from the lower respiratory tract. There are two different kinds of expectorants, those that stimulate removal of fluid through coughing and those that sooth the lung muscles and make the mucus thinner for easier removal. With…

Plant Spirit Medicine Intro

Learning about plant spirit medicine is a healing and learning practice on its own. I have minimal experience at this time but I have been so fascinated with this I wanted to share it with you. Last¬†May I guided a class on their first experiences with Plant Spirit Medicine. This is a personal experience to…

Emmenagogues

In general terms, emmenagogues are herbs that stimulate menstrual flow. While this is not always their use, most of them support and tone the tissue of the female reproductive system. Toning herbs and bitter herbs both generally have effects on the female reproductive system as well. Many emmenagogue herbs need to be highly controlled during…

Meditation Basics

If you have already started practicing breathing you are already on your way to learning meditation. The basics of meditation are simple in idea but challenging in practice. The key that I have found most helpful, in learning meditation, is practice. The more frequent you do it, the more successful you will be and the…

Diuretic Herbs

Diuretics are commonly known because they are a large class of pharmaceutical drugs used for treating blood pressure most often. While they do have other uses, herbal diuretics are not generally used for blood pressure. Diuretics are medicines that increase urination. When urination is drastically increased the fluid content of the blood goes down, leading…

Grounding and Centering Basics

When first learning to meditate, after learning basic breathing practices, grounding and centering comes next. This practice is less of a physical one but more of a mental one. Personally, I use a variety of visualization techniques to ground and center myself and we will look at a few of them. But what is grounding…

Pineapple Weed

We interrupt our program on Herbal Actions to bring you this fun herbal monograph! Can you find this fun herb on your sidewalk? Scientific Name: Matricaria discoides Family: Asteraceae, Daisy family Common Names: rayless chamomile,¬†pineapple weed Description: The plant ranges from 5 to 40 cm tall and looks similar to chamomile but lacks the classic…

Stress Relief Breathing Practices

In America, and most of the developed world, we experience stress as a response to every day life. Our bodies stress response was developed to protect us from danger, from a lion or bear trying to eat us. These are not the dangers we are not exposed to on a daily basis yet our body…

Diaphoretic Herbs

Diaphoresis is a word that refers to sweating, great to use when sick for controlling a fever. These herbs fall into two categories, those that warm the body and those that cool it. For children who have uncontrolled fevers, cooling diaphoretics may be the best choice. Adults, who have a much harder time building a…