I have noticed that I haven’t wrote anything about my herbal studies for the longest time. I have written a post about taking an online herbalism course in April. Having said this, through taking this course I have learned so many things about herbs, and made me realized how healing they can be. So in this post I will be sharing with you my favorite 3 basic herbal actions and examples of herbs to help you heal yourself and your family and friends.
Herbs have many affects on the body, by which, each herb does not heal one thing in the body, instead it has multiple healing “powers”. For example Chamomile is not only known for its effect calming the nerves, it also help ease cramping related to bloating and gases of the digestive system. It relaxes the muscles and ease muscle tension and its a great anti-inflammatory herb. So you see, herbs are natural medicine from nature, however its important to learn more about the herb itself in depth when introducing it to your life, which means that you have to know how to prepare the herb (as tea for internal use or other applications), how much it can be taken as in the dose, storage and more.
Are herbs that support the nervous system. They calm the nerves, relaxes the muscles from tensions, and aid sleep. most Nervines contain volatile oils, which, in part, are responsible for the nervine effect.
Examples of Nervine herbs: Lemon Balm, Lavender, Catnip, Skullcap, Linden, Chamomile.
Are herbs that help stimulate appetite and digestion by encouraging the production of gastric fluids, which include saliva, gastric acid and bile. They are helpful for constipation, gas related cramping, sluggish digestive movement, and support healthy appetite.
Examples of Bitter herbs: Chamomile, Angelica, Rose, Dandelion, Lavender, Violet, Mugwort, Yarrow.
Are herbs that enable the body to adapt more efficiently to stress and to maintain balance through stressful shifts in our environment.They reserves of energy, enhancing the process of recovery from chronic stress,recharge the body, bringing it back from depletion.Tonify and bring balance to the immune system.
Example of Adaptogen herbs: Licorice, Asian Ginseng, Ashwagandha. Eteuthero, Tulsi, Reishi, Holy Basil.
That all for this post, I hope you learned something new. If you are interested in learning about herbs, I recommend enrolling into The Herbal Academy of New England (they are having 15% off in all courses!), or if you prefer learning at your own pace, Herbarium, which is a website related to the Academy provide a huge easy and simple data base of herbs. I have recently subscribed and its been so helpful to my study.
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.