Have you ever wondered…..They say herbs have been used by humans for thousands of years….BUT how can I use them, now, in my life in these times? And then the thought trails off into a google search or a book or magazine or instagram looking for information.
Maybe you go to a naturopath or herb-literate doctor or nurse and they tell you what you can do but they don't have time to answer your questions.
Before the farm season opens, I'm making myself available to answer your questions via the contact form here. Please reach out if you have questions about the plants themselves, how to use them, or how to make your own medicine, one of my favorite topics. (Please note, this is not for a personal healthcare consult regarding a specific current illness.)
I'm happy to share what I know and help you feel more confident in using plants as a support for a healthy happy life.
Let’s talk about a few plants that mid pandemic, mid winter, mid planetary crisis might be useful to us and WHY that would or could be true.
Immune Health, Sleep and Staying Calm in wild times.
Aside from the obvious of eating well, complete deep breathing, exercise, hydration, healthy and supportive relationships, how can herbs help us support a healthy immune response.
Restful sleep is an area that isn’t easy to support with just herbs, we need to do at least most of the above mentioned healthy habits BUT Ashwaganda is a stellar herb to support good sleep as well as give us strong, even energy throughout the day by helping us stay centered and calm. Herbs like Hops, Passionflower, Valerian, St. John's Wort (if you aren't taking SSRI’s), and California Poppy, are plants that may be an ally for us, together in our Sweet Dreams Formula or separately. *Use code SUPPORT22 for 10% off Sweet Dreams Formula through 2/11/22*
Hops are bitter, sleep encouraging plants. Passionflower is generally soft and gently relaxing. Valerian is like a warm quilt or a weighted blanket, it quiets the heart and relaxes muscles. If your energy tends to go up and get agitated, Valerian may counterbalance.
St. Johnswort is like the sun coming out. It lifts the spirit but without stimulation and soothes the nervous system. For me and my constitution I use Valerian and St. Johnswort together and it is a perfect combo for occasional inability to fall into sleep and stay deep.
California Poppy is like Dorothy and friends on the yellow brick road to Oz. They were lulled into sleep in the field of poppies. California Poppy is a very mild version of the famous poppies and for some people it is a great ally.
Don’t forget the medicinal mushrooms combined in our Immune Tonic: Reishi, Maitake, Chaga, Turkey Tail and Astragalus. These are deep immune supports that can be cooked into soups, taken as extracts or used as powders added to warm drinks. They are fortifying and protective and nourishing. *Use code SUPPORT22 for 10% off Immune Tonic through 2/11/22*
Just as everyone you meet won't become a close friend, you must try the herbs and combinations of herbs until you find your friends, your allies, your support for both everyday tonics and acute or occasional use.
Medicinal plants, in fact all plants, are a whole universe of actions and chemistry and qualities all in the services of healing and balancing us and our planet. I am so grateful for their generosity.
Please email questions and thoughts this month via our contact page and let me know what is on your mind. Be well and (if you are in the northeast) stay warm.
My name is Bonnie Bloom and I am a clinical herbalist. Plants give us clothing, shelter, food and medicine. They are an intrinsic part of our earth ecology, diverse and essential. They breathe our carbon dioxide and generously give us oxygen. Where would we be without them.