Find something you love, and love it hard. Sometimes we have this crazy idea that we need to push push push, and that relaxing means we are lazy or selfish. Don't fall for that. Take care of you. You can't pour into others if your own vessel is empty. Love everyone....even yourself.
Dandelion - not just for wishes! Lawn enthousiasts spend a lot of money and energy getting rid of dandelions, but it wasn't that long ago that home owners were planting dandelions on their lawns. It's no wonder. Dandelion is a fantastic herb.
The first herbs to pop up in spring tend to be bitter, perfectly timed to cleanse the body from winter's heavy diet and sedentary lifestyle. Dandelion, or Pissa-bed (ancient English), is a fantastic tonic. It supports the kidneys, encourages elimination, and relieves anxiety. Unlike pharmaceutical diuretics, it is very high in potassium and replaces this mineral as it flushes the urinary tract, hence avoiding dangerous electrolyte imbalances.
Dandelion is high in nutrients, and can be eaten in its entirety. The leaf is bitter, so young tender leaves are best for salads. The roots can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. Even the yellow flower heads can be eaten. Try them battered and fried - yum!
When you have a boy and his sister and a van and a pencil, well, you get to expect strange injuries. For scratched up uvulas (or gums, tongues, and other such things), my go-to uses the most basic of herbs. A strong infusion of chamomile and calendula, with a couple drops of clove essential oil brings quick relief and healing of swelling and scrapes. The clove is an old remedy for toothaches, though it is very strong and must be diluted, especially for kids. Store the infusion in a glass Mason jar, shake well before using, gargle, spit, and carry on!
Have you thanked your heart today...your real one? We tend not to think about this very important organ until we find ourselves with a broken one - literally or figuratively. Keeping our tickers in good shape is key to living a long, healthy life. Nutrition and exercise are big factors here, but so is herbal care.
The following is a simple heart healthy tea that includes hawthorn, rose petals, and cinnamon. Hawthorn is a widely celebrated heart tonic that improves the amount of blood pumped by the heart, widens blood vessels, improves nerve response, and lowers fat in the aorta and liver. Rose petals open the heart, and lift the spirits, thus easing stress. Cinnamon is a warming herb and increases blood flow through the body (wonderful for those with cold hands and feet!).
Hawthorn Rose Cinnamon Tea
1 generous tablespoon of hawthorn berries, crushed
1-2 tablespoons dried, organic rose petals
1/4 stick of cinnamon, crushed
Place 1.5 to 2 cups of water to boil. Meanwhile, crush the berries with the help of a mortar and pestle. Add the berries to the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the rose and cinnamon to the pot, remove from heat, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, serve, and enjoy!
*It must be said that for those with heart conditions requiring pharmaceuticals, it is best to speak with your doctor or pharmacist before beginning any herbal regimen.*
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