Herbs are some of the most potent healing plants on the planet, and many of them grow right in your own back yard or your sunny kitchen window. Once you know where to find them and how to use them, you’ll be amazed at how empowered you feel when you reach for an herb instead of a pill bottle!
Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes as far back as the Greek and Roman Empires. Jonathan Raymond, a veteran herbalist and instructor for our Herbal Medicine for Women course explains that from the time we humans were walking the earth we were using herbs to cure ourselves both by trial and error and intuition.
As Jonathan says, “Nowadays herbalism has become something more of an art and a science, too. Some people practice it more like an art because they explore practices that were used thousands of years ago, so it’s not necessarily a science but they know what’s working and what’s not working. Others practice herbalism in a more scientific way because they use only the applications that were proven and that were tested scientifically.”
Whether your approach is more art or more formula-based, herbs are an important asset in your list of healing remedies.
Herbs can be used in many ways both internally and externally, but one of the most common techniques is making an infusion. An infusion is just like making a tea, although they are technically different things. The term herbal tea has become somewhat of a catch-all phrase, but in fact, properly speaking, it’s an herbal infusion, not an herbal tea because you don’t use camellia sinensis, the tea bush.
Herbal infusions are simple to make: just bring your water to the boil, pour over your herbs of choice and let it steep for five or ten minutes. Strain the liquid into your mug and there you have it; the beverage can be consumed either hot or cold.
The benefits of your infusion will vary depending on what herbs you use, but let’s use passionflower as an example. Jonathan explains “infusion of passiflora, of passionflower, can be a little bit sedative, but for some people, if they are highly stressed, then it will just calm the heart and then allow them to breathe and to relax.” Infuse 2-3 teaspoons of dried passionflower (2-3 tablespoons fresh) in a cup of boiling water and let steep for about ten minutes. This is especially effective about an hour before bedtime. Ahhhhhh.
During our Herbal Medicine for Women course you will discover exactly why herbs have been such powerful healing sources for so long. Join us today and open up to the world of medicinal plants and natural remedies!