As a natural health enthusiast, you're open to knowing what staple herbs to keep in the house to nourish your family's health. Along with these herbs, I invite you (if you're not doing this) to take a conscious approach to how you create your grocery list.
Are you choosing foods that best serve your health?
Are you choosing food for emotional comfort?
You don't have to make big changes, just start with simple steps.
For example, instead of buying white table salt, you may find the Himalayan pink salt more beneficial for your health. If you love to eat bread, but want to cut back on the flour, the flourless Ezekiel bread may be a good choice for you. If you're choosing to cut back on dairy because there's a build up of mucus in your body when you eat it, but still appreciate milk in your tea - options such as almond milk, oat milk, or another dairy alternative could be satisfying, as well as healthier.
As for herbs, these ancient gifts from the planet have provided food and sustenance from the beginning of time, and continue to be an abundant source of nourishment for us all.
The following have supported my clients' health to address stress within their body, and to improve their overall well-being:
Chamomile - a gentle herb that supports calming of the nervous system, as well as assist the digestive system to work optimally. Considered safe for children and adults, you can use the tea bags or brew fresh herbs. As the immune system is primarily located in the stomach/digestive system, when you nurture your digestion, you nurture your immune system. If you're sensitive to ragweed, this may not be the best herb for you. Other alternatives include, peppermint, spearmint, and ginger root. Other benefits of chamomile include: healthy hair care, induces sleep, and calms the nervous system.
Red Raspberry - a go-to for the feminine reproductive system, like most herbs, red raspberry has been used for centuries for many reasons, but primarily to the strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles. Many women claim that it helped ease the symptoms of PMS, and endometriosis. This herb can be introduced to young daughters to start to enrich their reproductive health, from an early age, to prepare their body for a healthy menstrual cycle, and to support them to build a positive foundation of health. You may use it as a tea bag or brew the herbs. Other benefits of red raspberry include: soothes leg cramps, and eases morning sickness.
Dandelion - Dandelion plant is used as a medicinal herb internally and externally. It is traditionally used to assist the liver, which plays a vital role in hormonal health. This may be especially supportive for children entering puberty and dealing with hormonal changes. When you nourish the liver, along with eating the appropriate food and addressing emotions such as anger, you encourage the body to create a more balanced puberty experience, and hormonal health. If you're sensitive to ragweed, this may not be the best herb for you. Another alternative is burdock root. p.s. Each organ/system within our body is linked to processing a specific emotion. Liver can store/process anger. Other benefits of dandelion include: relieves heartburn, and helps in balancing blood sugar levels.
Turmeric powder - One of my absolute favorite herbs, turmeric has been used as a spice and medicinal herb in India for thousands of years. It contains the compound curcumin, which is vital in supporting inflammation within the body. If you have ever experienced pain, of any kind, within your body, along with swelling, tension, and other 'negative' changes in your body, then you have experienced inflammation. Because we expose ourselves to certain foods, medications, and other potentially harmful ingestion, having the support of turmeric can assist your body to decrease and eliminate inflammation (p.s. you must also make the necessary change in diet, lifestyle, etc). Season your food with it. It is also available in capsule form. Other benefits of turmeric include: clearing up skin conditions, and reducing high cholesterol.
For all herbs, look into organic brands from Whole Foods Market, and other reputable health food stores or farmer's markets. As with any health approach you are going to use, it would be best to consult with a qualified professional to learn if these herbs are suitable for your body and health, and how to incorporate other forms of herbal therapy into your everyday wellness.
Over to you families >> what are the staple herbs in your house, and what do you use them for?
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