Posts in Herbalism
Building Ojas: Through A Tonic

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.

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Honoring Our Rooted Seasons

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.

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You're Not What You Eat

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.

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Cleansing Your Eyes With Herbs

Around the world there has been an increasingly growing number of people who currently suffer from strained-dry eyes, the culprit? Our screens! If it's not from our cellphones it's from our tablets, tv's, or computers. 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.

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The Herbal Approach to IBS + Food Intolerances

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!

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Herbal Support: Electuary Pastilles

Herbal pastilles are one of the easiest ways to take in the medicinal value of herbs. I'd say it's right up there with tisane infusions and tinctures. Electuary's are made up of only two ingredients. Yes, two. Well okay unless you decide to do an herbal blend but it's really just honey and your powdered herbs. Electuary in its truest form is a silky paste typically kept in a jar and used by scooping out a gollop and either consuming it directly or stirring it right into a warm drink. This type of herbal concoction has more honey than it does herbs, hince the silky consistency. On the other hand, you can create the exact same thing but instead of more honey it's more herbs and it creates a dough like consistency and you can then roll it into little pastilles. Electuary's are extremely fun, simple, delicious and popular with kids. Especially if you have a hard time getting them to take a glycerite tincture

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Yoni Steaming: Caring For Our Vulva With Herbs

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.

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Herbal Support: Tinctures

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. 

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The Healing Herbal Tonic, Golden Milk

Besides being great externally, turmeric is my favorite to use internally. I make my own turmeric pill capsules, and I will take one 500mg turmeric capsule a day to calm down my IBS and food intolerance symptoms. Turmeric is considered a carminative herb, and carminative herbs relieve intestinal gas, pain and distention. They will also settle digestion, dispel accumulating Ama in the gastrointestinal tract, and keep your digestive system moving with ease. Not only that, it's one of the very few herbs that work with all of the tissues within your body because it's a natural antibiotic, and it improves the intestinal flora.

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Starting Your Own Apothecary

You're here because you have been curious about the practice of herbalism, and I first want you to take a deep breath in, and breathe out slowly because this is the start of a beautiful journey. Getting involved with herbalism is not an easy or quick feat, and it's important to start out with the basics. However, being able to stay organized from the start will be a great habit with time as your apothecary grows from 3-5 jars of herbs too much more.

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