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Every single one of us who live in this overstimulated society has a hard time resting, and the outcome of not having rest causes more than just the lack of sleep, but it makes us sick. Our bodies are incredible, I’m sure you are aware, but did you know that your nervous system is not one entity, but multiple? In summarized terms, our nervous system mainly works off of two simulations: the sympathetic state, and the parasympathetic state- however these states represent two of the three components of the autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious functions such as breathing or digesting.
When our intuition comes into play, we are trusting the part of ourselves that isn’t physically tangible. Kind of like that moment you decided to go left instead of right like you usually do, and then later you find out that there was major traffic on your normal route and you were able to let source guide you.
Source is the muscle.
Practicing herbalism or taking herbs does not make you holistic.
Let’s dive into the introduction of true holistic herbalism and allow me to introduce to how I wish to practice herbalism for myself and any future clients. Understand how I see beyond the symptom by connecting the emotions, elements and energy within plants and people.
Spring has officially arrived on the day of the Full Moon, and this season I am celebrating with zero waste Spring cleaning! This is the time of year where everyone whips out their endless supply of plastic bottles filled with incredibly harmful chemicals, and I’m just not here for it! I will show you how to make your very own surface cleaner using only two ingredients!
Taking herbs in a capsule form is extremely convenient, especially if you have a lot of powdered herbs on hand because it’s easy to pack into a pill mold. However, how often are you thinking about your preparation go-to and when it’s most appropriate? Have you considered the importance of taste?
Children have the ability to scream when they want to scream, kiss when they want to kiss, and sleep when they want to sleep. Children are our teachers. They’re the most connected beings we have the pleasure of watching, because they are so deeply rooted to their bodies. They know what they want and need at every second of the day, and even if nothing’s seemingly wrong, they’ll know it’s time to kick and scream to release the energy built within them. What a magical place to be within side of your self, to just know what you need.
Owning who you are can be a difficult thought process to wrap your mind around, especially if you have grown up with many self doubts, like myself. A question that kept coming up in my life was “is this my intuition, or is this my ego?”, and the answer to that statement alone is- ego. With intuition, it’s not to be thought about, it’s to be felt.
The key to experiencing success through Herbalism is by having interconnectedness amongst ourselves and the universe. This trickles deeper into emotion, elements and energy.
Ojas is expressed as vitality, endurance, fertility and patience- all of which are grounded qualities of Kapha. Ojas is the subtle essene related to health and well-being. It makes you peaceful and patient- all of which we could all use more of. Building Ojas can be a multifaceted approach, and can mostly be achieved through expressive workings of balancing your Kapha dosha.
As humans, we are also a part of nature. We are affected by the weather, the local reach of seasonal foods, and the reduced hustle of the season. However, we too come in seasons. Until we understand that we are part of earth’s ecosystem, we won’t begin to understand that us too require seasonal shifts. Just as the trees do, we too must become grounded with the earth.
For the present me, food is a life force, it's energy, it's community, and it's value in every essence of it's being. For the past me, and for the me that still makes me human, food can still make me feel shameful, hurtful, and life sucking. For years I felt completely robbed of the cultural pleasure of eating.
Technology has been at the forefront of our days for only the last couple of decades and while there are many contradicting arguments to be had over it, I strongly believe it has changed our lives for the better. If you are anything like me, and the rest of the world, our eyes are paying the price for this gift. My whole life revolves around screen time and it's incredibly hard for me to leave screen time at a minimum. Or, maybe for you it's not the amount of screen time you get that is bothering your eyes, perhaps it's seasonal allergies or chronic dry eye, maybe even a cold that is making them irritated and watery. No matter the case, I have been known to use herbal eye washes to calm any eye ailment I have.
We all have different needs, our priorities look a little different, some of us don't have weekends off, and sometimes our schedules are all over the place. Since we are all magically different not only with our schedules, but also with our bodies, it would be hard for me to list exact steps you should take the moment you awake to make your morning as mindful as possible, because again, we're all different.
First and foremost, the herbal approach is more than herbs and this will be important as you continue to manage your IBS and Food Intolerance symptoms. When practicing herbalism the biggest compliment to the herbs start with a healthy lifestyle practice, but that can feel confusing when you struggle with food intolerance especially because if you are in anything like me you are unable to eat avocados, quinoa, asparagus, walnuts, and pineapple.. healthy stuff!
When we accept and acknowledge that every feeling, discomfort and thought is only how our body is wishing to tell us something, then immediately every emotion is valid.
The connection between a human being and the energetic manifestations of the moon ☾ is one of the most beautiful chemical relationships in the world.
Our mouths are a breeding ground for bacteria from poor oral hygiene and undigested food that sits on the tongue after a meal. This is considered ama, or toxins. Most of us pay zero attention to our tongues, because why would you want to look at a slimy muscle right? The truth is, that muscle holds wisdom to our health, especially our digestive health. When we brush our teeth we don't pay any attention to our tongues or when we do, we simply brush over it with the bristles of our toothbrush and we think that we did our part in keeping our oral hygiene on track. Unfortunately, that is not enough.
As a woman, we are complex and fascinating creatures. Not complex as in that stereotypical high maintenance characteristic, but as in we are able to bleed with the phases of the moon, we are able to create life inside of us and expand our hips to give birth, we are able to create milk within our breasts to feed our young, and our bodies are able to create natural medicine for a sick child. It's all beautiful, magical and everything in between. Being and becoming a woman is a magical phenomenon, but with all of this power, there's a lot of imbalances that can occur.
Herbal tinctures are one of, if not the mother of all ways to receive a long-lasting and effective gift from a plant. A tincture is a type of preparation that goes beyond using solvents like water, honey or oil. Instead, tinctures are created with alcohol, glycerin or apple cider vinegar and is prepared for the purpose of ingesting and is mostly targeted as a herbal medicine.