Herbs enrich our overall wellbeing Self-care is an important part of living a healthy and happy lifestyle. Looking after ourselves both mentally and physically is crucial when taking control of our health. Herbs are here to assist us in this task. Using dry and fresh herbs in our drinks or cooking boosts our intake of vitamins and minerals, improves our digestion and energy levels and strengthens our immunity. Plants are traditionally used to connect us to the earth, they are here to accompany us in our quest to manage stress and emotions and to help look after our physical wellbeing.
Lavender is one of the most used herbs for sleep. Put drops of essential oils in the bath, use a pillow spray before bedtime, or drink it in a tea. It has been found to improve the quality of sleep, helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Other herbs such as Aswagandha, Passionflower, Valerian, Chamomile, Lime flower can be very useful allies for a good restful night!
Stress & Anxiety
Self-care can reduce stress and anxiety. Making time for relaxing activities, such as taking a warm bath and preparing a cup of tea are great forms of self-care. Some herbs such as Oat straw, Lavender, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Lemon balm, Lime flower, Rose also encourage your body to feel more relaxed and can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety and lift your mood.
Using herbs during pregnancy can have many benefits, nevertheless many herbs are not suitable to take during pregnancy and you should consult a health professional or your master herbalist before taking them. The most commonly used are Ginger tea for its anti-nausea qualities and Raspberry leaf tea in late pregnancy.
“Sometimes all you need is a little time for yourself, and a good cup of tea.”
Boost your immune system
Herbs play a natural role when we look at food as the main vector for health. We all know about the traditional uses of Echinacea, but do you know that Parsley is high in Vitamin C? Thyme has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, Ginger has antiviral properties and is a powerful antioxidant. Elderflower is well known for its high antioxidant content and Vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system. Fresh thyme has three times more vitamin C than oranges. Fresh dill, saffron, chilli pepper or cayenne, bay leaves… all full of vitamin C. It is time to spice it up!
It is not always easy to balance our hectic lives and sometimes a little natural boost is welcome. Even with a well balanced diet, enough sleep and regular exercise, we may need an occasional pick-me-up. Herbs such as Gingko, Rosemary, Bacopa or Water-Hyssop can help us increase our focus and energy levels.
Digestion has a strong influence on our nervous, hormonal and immune system. We all know the importance of eating a good diet, but cooking with herbs enhances our digestive capabilities further. Do not hesitate to experiment in the kitchen adding fresh or dried herbs to your meals! Fennel, dill, peppermint, and also ginger, turmeric and cinnamon can relieve bloating, stimulate appetite or have an anti-spamodic action. A warm herbal tea after a meal can promote digestive enzymes and good gut health. To your kettle everyone!
Not always easy to keep the balance right in these tricky times. Sage helps improve night sweats or hot flashes. It also improves moods & boost memory as does Bacopa or Water Hyssop.