Hi there again!
- Today, we will begin to expand our knowledge of Herbs!
- Today, we will begin to ask some questions, like, what really is an Herb?
- What parts of a plant can be considered as an herb?
Actually, all parts of a plant can possess strong healing qualities:
The root, the stems, the flowers, seeds, and leaves—as well as the fruits and nuts and bark of, for instance, a tree.
Of all the parts mentioned above,
the roots of plants are considered the most powerful:
They go to the Root of the Problem!
The plants that can heal us are all around us:
All culinary spices are herbs:
- Oregano, marjoram, rosemary, fennel, fenugreek– these help us digest our food by enhancing stomach juices, or counteracting acids.
- Rosemary is also a great help if our memory slows down as we age!
- Other spices like Cumin, turmeric, dill, caraway enhance the taste of our meals, while at the same time they are “warming”, i.e., they raise the energy of our system (more on this later!)
A lot of Veges could be considered as herbs:
- Garlic, for instance, lowers or raises blood pressure/cholesterol, is antimicrobial & pulls out heavy metals (sulfur).
- Leeks: assist with allergies
- Brassicas: fight cancer cells because they contain antioxidant compounds
- Cabbage: is anti-inflammatory, internally/externally
- Mushrooms: fight tumors
Lots of Flowers are herbs:
- violets fight cancer
- calendulas are cleansing
- chamomile is anti-inflammatory
- Johnswort flowers help us overcome depression
All Greens/spring greens are herbs:
- mustard greens
- dandelion greens
These greens and others are great for lymphatic cleansing and detoxing, they contain lots of antioxidants, and they provide many minerals we need for strong bones and circulation.
Many plant roots and tree barks are herbs:
Dandelion and Burdock roots are our best Liver Detoxers.
I want to add that they are also considered ‘’weeds”!
So many so-called weeds are definitely herbs!
Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm bark relieve pain
Echinacea and Golden Seal roots are the strongest antimicrobials I know!
I could go on and on, but you get the picture, right?
We will be talking a lot about these and other herbs and their specific uses, so keep coming back, and keep sending your questions!
The subject of Herbs is huge!