9 Ways to make Herbal Medicine apart of your Daily Life
Inviting powerful plants into your daily routine and rituals can be deeply healing and therapeutic. Reaping the benefits and abundance of herbal medicine doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, you may already be including medicinal plants and herbs in your day without even realizing it! The act of inviting herbal medicine in is taking sacred and ancient practices and bringing them into the modern realm. It's deeply important to appreciate and examine these powerful plant allies in their abundance and fullness, root, stem, flower, fruit, and seed.
As you begin your journey with herbal medicine, you must remember that just as not all plants are food, not all herbs are medicine or the right medicine for you at that moment. Be discerning, and be mindful not to only begin with herbs or plants that are trendy, when other more commonly known and available herbs do the same job. Following the “trends” when it comes to herbal medicine can lead to over-harvesting and potentially a less than stellar experience. It is also important to pay close attention to the source of your herbal medicines to ensure that they are organic and sustainably and responsibly sourced.
It's also necessary to note that plants are not drugs, even when they may be healing and supportive. There is a spiritual dimension or frequency that comes with using healing herbs that must be tapped into to maximize the benefit. Capitalism and consumerism preach to us that more is better. But in truth, you must start slow as you get to know the herbs, beginning with only one or two. Introducing them slowly helps you understand and experience how each herb affects and interacts with your body.
Consider your Needs
When you begin your journey of incorporating plants into your daily life, the first step is to consider your needs and ask yourself what plants might bring to your life. Consider what you want to ask these sacred herbs to bring into your body, spirit, and life. Each plant must be considered carefully before employing its use, due to the uniqueness of each person, each plant and each individual moment. It's also important to note that herbal medicine focuses on a holistic view of wellness, adding vitality and strength to the body and supporting and nurturing the mind and spirit. Below are 9 simple ways to start incorporating plant medicine into your daily life.
1. Take a Herbal Soak
A herbal soak is one of the most luxurious and relaxing ways to enjoy herbal medicine. When we soak in a warm or hot bath, our skin becomes intensely absorbable, allowing us to experience the benefits of the herbs transdermally. Try using a small muslin or cheesecloth bag with dried lavender and chamomile for a deeply soothing experience.
2. Establish Evening or Morning Tea Rituals
One of the gorgeous things about drinking a cup of hot herbal tea is that it forces us to sit down and be still for at least 15 minutes. Whether you enjoy this ritual in the morning or evening (or both!) sipping on a warm medicinal beverage can be a wonderful way to incorporate herbal medicine into your routine. Not only do the herbs in the tea work on our physical body to help us welcome the day or prepare for sleep, but the simple act of drinking tea at roughly the same time every day also reinforces our circadian rhythm, which can benefit sleep and rest. Herbs like peppermint, passionflower, and lemon balm are ideal medicinal herbs to try in tea.
Diffusing essential oils in your home can have wonderful benefits. Aromatherapy helps us to feel present and grounded in the moment. Peppermint, clary sage and rosemary are some of the most dynamic and useful essential oils. You can also try carrying a small roller of diluted essential oils in your purse to roll onto your wrists, chest, or temples for an uplifting and soothing effect.
4. Skin Care
Simple salves and herbal balms can be a great way to deliver the effects of herbal medicines through herbal oil infusions. Simple salves can also be used as healing or therapeutic skin treatments. Some of the herbal plants that offer the most potent benefits to the skin are witch hazel, aloe, calendula, and tea tree.
5. Treatment and Preventive Medicine for Common Physical Ailments
Whether you suffer from IBS, migraine headaches, or frequent UTIs, herbal remedies can play a powerful role in the treatment and prevention of many common ailments. Plants can also be beneficial in the aid of restful and rejuvenating sleep. It is important to remember, that while many potent medicinal plants can be deeply helpful, you should not expect them to work in the way that pharmaceutical medicine does.
6. Supplements and Tinctures for Vitality and Wellbeing
Herbal medicine can also be a strong support to our mental health and general wellbeing. Herbal supplements and tinctures can help to uplift our spirit, tether us to unconditional love and help us to feel energized and grounded. Our Strong Roots tincture contains Ashwagandha which is a powerful adaptogen that possesses gentle and calming properties and also works to increase energy levels and ward off depression.
7. Manifestation and Meditation
Some herbal medicinal plants are deeply supportive of meditation and manifestation practices. These herbs can help to open the Third Eye Chakra and tune into the guidance of the divine vibrations of the earth. They can help you to tap into your intuition, feel empowered to cast spells, and manifest your dreams. Some of the best herbs for this are black sage, mugwort, and blue lotus leaf. You can try a few of these sacred herbs in our meditation tincture High Priestess.
8. Play with Them
Nature has many powerful, fun herbs and aphrodisiacs, which can be used to remind us that expansive pleasure and blissful moments can be deeply cleansing and healing for us. Damiana leaf and cacao bean work as circulatory stimulants, helping blood to reach each corner of our bodies and help us to feel present and connected. Our Sex Magick and Triple Goddess tinctures work to empower you to be wild, creative, and free, embracing ourselves and finding a deep source of self-love.
9. In the Kitchen
Adding therapeutic herbs and spices to your culinary creations is a great way to practice herbal medicine in your daily life. Turmeric, cinnamon, and rosemary can be powerful anti-inflammatories and can help to aid digestion. Growing your own herbal garden in your kitchen (or outdoors) is also a deeply therapeutic and rewarding practice, which can result in an abundant harvest of herbal medicine as well as a feeling of great satisfaction and tranquility.
Healing plants and herbal medicine teach us to slow down, appreciate the art of subtlety, and enjoy the journey. They teach us to pay attention to our connection to the earth and bring us closer to the wisdom and power of nature. By incorporating plant magic into your daily life, you are making a beautiful return to the earth. You are returning to nature; let her re-establish an instinctual connection and empower you with her magic. Learn the lessons these herbs can teach us. They are vitally important.
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