Ask a Herbalist; Part 2

Hey everyone, welcome back for Part two of Ask a herbalist. Today, we are going to answering more questions I have received. If you have a question, please be sure to leave us a message. We are not responsible or liable for any allergic reactions. You are the sole authority over your own body. These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency. These recipes are not meant to cure a disease or act in any medical capacity. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns before changing your diet. I am just a Humble herbalist and juicer trying to help heal the world. 

Now let’s get into it. 

  • How do I incorporate herbs into my daily life?

This is a loaded question because it depends on the cause of the change and what you are trying to heal. You add them by merely changing your diet, drinking more tea, or even taking natural supplements. See the next question for a more in-depth answer. 

  • Common herbs for every day ( Headaches, Soreness, Insomnia, etc.) Now this section is a bit long but bear with me! 

Headaches: 

Peppermint Oil can be used for headaches or migraines. Use a small dab on each side and rub gently on your temples, taking deep breaths in one the count of 5 in and out. Peppermint tea or creams can also be used for cramps, stomach issues, nausea, and appetite suppression. 

Rosemary tea helps with headaches. Boil water, then pour over fresh or dry rosemary. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes. The herb can be applied in oil form directly on temples like peppermint oil. You can make a vapor to be inhaled as well. Rosemary can also be used for mouthwash, hair growth and helps improve memory. 

Fennel tea will also work wonders for a quick headache fix. It can also be used to ease digestion. You can use either seeds or fresh stalks. For the fresh leaf, pour one cup of boiling water over leaves and steep for 15-minutes. After you finish, steeping removes leaves and add water. 

Catnip, my new found love. Yes, I mean an actual plant called catnip; and yes, if you have cats, they will love it. No, please do not buy a catnip from the store and try to make tea. To make tea, place 1-2 tsp of dried catnip flowers into a cup and pour hot but not boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes. 

Insomnia:

Lemon balm, which is also suitable for digestion and dementia. For anyone on thyroid medicine, I would stay clear. For a teacup, add 1 tsp dried leaf and cup of water let steep 10-15 minutes. 

Skullcap helps with insomnia and headaches—steep 1 tbsp of fresh herbs, 1 tsp of dried herbs, and 1 1/2 cup of water. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Muscle Soreness:

Bayberry (Salve) can be used as a cream to help with pain and muscle soreness. 

Unicorn root, I know the name throws you off, but this a real herb. It’s essential to use as directed. This herb can also be used for PCOS, menopause, a sedative, and aftercare of a miscarriage. (High in estrogen) A salve is better in most cases. Please always do your own research and remember everyone’s body is different. 

Witch Hazel, no, not the liquid kind, the actual herb. Applying to sore muscles helps with pain and inflammation. In tea form, it can help with a cold, asthma, or a cough. 

Lemon Verbena is really good for muscle and joint soreness, which also helps with bloating, anxiety, and digestive issues. Drinking the tea for 2 to 3 months will help improve and fade away the soreness. 

Bloating:

Lemon Verbena, like you just read about but in herbal tea.

Activated Charcoal, yes, the black powder that cures all. It is used to detox the body. Never start a detox without consulting your doctor. For a detox, 10 grams are taken with water 1 to 2 hours before eating a meal. Do this for 2 to 3 days; make sure to drink 10 to 15 glasses of water (roughly 1 gallon). Charcoal is also great for acne mixed with aloe gel. 

Hiccups:

This is going to sound crazy, but a teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry. Don’t knock it till you try it. Also not officially a herb, but it helps. 

Another remedy for hiccups is to bite into a lemon wedge doused with Angostura bitters. Or if peanut butter is your thing, eat 2 tsp, and they should go away in a jiffy. ( LOL) Did you get the joke? (^_^)

Upset Stomach:

For an upset stomach, pour 1 cup of boiling water over a hefty 1 tbsp of chamomile blossoms. Let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain, then sweeten as you like. 

Other herbs that will help with an upset stomach are Anise seeds, Catnip, Cinnamon, Dill, Ginger, Lemon balm, Peppermint, Sage, and Yellowroot.

Now, of course, after reading all of that, you are probably exhausted. So I will see you tomorrow. Dream big and dream well. 

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