Labels: Reset Sunday
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Reset Sunday: Herbal Play
|Dandelion, while considered a weed by most people, has many healing properties|
- What are the health benefits?
- How is it traditionally prepared (in a tea, as a powdered supplement, fresh, as a tincture)?
- Are there any contraindications or precautions you need to take?
- Is it a tonic herb that you take daily to support your health or is it something you take short-term to help heal an acute condition like a urinary tract infection or a cold?
- What is the recommended dosage?
- Where can I find the most potent organic or wild-harvested version of this plant? (Don't trust pre-made formulas from unknown or unrecommended websites/companies. Many places make lofty cure-all claims and the quality or there herbs may not be up to standard.)
You may be able to find the herbs you are looking for in your local health food store but remember that not all herbal products have the same potency and hence, effectiveness. Here are some resources for finding organic/wild-harvested herbs and mushrooms online:
Ultimate Superfoods: a place to find a selection of ayurvedic herbs as well as high-quality superfoods
The following are 3 products that I use to stop myself from getting colds and flus. They are not cheap but if I take them when I start feeling sick, I can kick the illness before it gets me. The Echinacea and Super Tonic, I take when I notice a lot of people around me seem to be catching colds or if I am really busy and may be taxing my immune system more than usual. I also take them if it would be particularly inconvenient time to get sick. If I feel the slightest signs of sickness such as a tickle in my throat or general fatigue, these are my first defense. The Cold and Flu Herbal shots, I take when I feel that I am truly getting sick or the symptoms are worsening quickly and they seem to restore my health fairly quickly.
Here is a short list of some of my favorite healing plants and mushrooms:
Ginger root (tea or fresh): soothes nausea, fights colds and sore throats, aids digestion
Mint (tea): aids digestion, invigorating
Roasted Dandelion Root (tea): liver support
Reishi Mushrooms (tea, tincture, powdered): immune booster, many healing properties make this a great daily tonic
Echinacea (tincture): powerful immune booster
Garlic (fresh, tincture, juice): fights colds, immune booster, anti-oxidant rich, may prevent heart disease
Tumeric (fresh, powder): anti-inflammatory, extremely healing and can be used daily in cooking and as a supplement
Dianthus formula: chinese herbal formula for treatment of UTI's
If you find any herbs that you that you particularly like, please share your experiences with them in the comments. I am always excited to learn about new plants and enjoy their healing properties. Good luck on your herbal journey.