My Favorite Herbs
My name is Chelsea Phillips. I am a stay-at-home mom to a beautiful 13-month-old named Ava. I am passionate about natural healing, food and cooking, gardening, my pets, and my little family of three! I have been studying/practicing herbalism and aromatherapy for about 3 ½ years and am almost finished with my master certifications in both. I plan on owning and operating a clinical consultation business for both herbalism and aromatherapy as well as creating and selling my own herbal and aromatherapy medicinal products.
While studying, and practicing herbalism I have come across a few herbs that have become very special to me. Every herb has its’ own magic and its’ own place in the natural healing world but as an herbalist, I think we all find that we have our favorites. Today I am going to be discussing a little bit about three very special and common herbs: Ginger, Echinacea, and Lavender.
Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Herbal Wrapped Tea Bags – 0.85 oz – 16 ct (Pack of 2) Ginger is an herb that has been commonly used in food and medicine for more than 5,000 years! For those that are not familiar with ginger in its’ natural and unprocessed form, it is a root, at least the part that is used in food and medicine. It has a natural aromatic smell and flavor as well as a nice spice to it. It is very commonly used in Asian food dishes and is so very delicious. Ginger has many medicinal uses as well. It is commonly used to treat digestive issues. I am sure you have heard of pregnant women using ginger teas and candies to relieve morning sickness. Ginger is also used to help with circulatory issues. This is just a glimpse into the many uses of the herb, ginger.
Herb Pharm Certified Organic Alcohol-Free Echinacea Glycerite for Immune Support – 1 Ounce Echinacea is a beautiful healing flower. It is now considered an endangered herb, so herbalists try and use it sparingly. Most parts of this flower may be used in medicine; the root, flower, and even seeds. It has a very earthy and slightly sweet flavor that I, personally, find delightful and refreshing. Echinacea is most known for its’ immune boosting and healing powers. Without getting too technical, Echinacea has three groups of constituents that are considered immunomodulators. Now, what does this mean? This means that this herb enhances the functioning of the immune system while boosting and stimulating healing (Tilgner, Materia Medica Echincea, 2017). Although I have only had the chance to use this herb sparingly, I can say that the few times I have used it have shown me how powerful Echinacea is.
Organic Lavender Flowers (Extra Grade – Dried) – 4oz Resealable Bag – 100% Raw From France – by Feel Good Organics Lavender is a very well-known herb that has been commercialized for its’ relaxing scent but actually has so many uses other than its’ aromatic properties. As most know, lavender is a flowering herb. The most commonly used part of this plant is the purple flowers. Most people are used to finding lavender as an ingredient in some of their favorite bath and body products but this herb is so very healing to the body. Lavender is considered spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, stomachic, diuretic, and a mild sedative. This means that lavender is used for ailments like muscle spasms, headaches and migraines, convulsions, nervous and stress related symptoms, and insomnia (Tilgner, Materia Medica Lavendula , 2017). The essential oil of Lavender can be used as a wonderful remedy for minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. I personally suffer from muscle spasms and tension headaches as well as occasional insomnia. One of my favorite uses for lavender is to fill a refillable tea bag full of dried lavender and place it in a nice hot bath with me. It is essentially like soaking in a giant cup of lavender tea! Not only does it smell heavenly, but my muscles feel so relaxed and loose afterwards, which makes it much easier to get a good night’s sleep.
Practicing herbalism has allowed me to truly and fully appreciate even some of the most common herbs that are sometimes taken for granted. Ginger, Echinacea, and Lavender are some of my tried and true, go-to herbs when consulting with clients and when working on mine and my family’s personal healing. I hope this brief article gave you a better appreciation for these three magical plants too!
By: Chelsea Phillips
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Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Students articles reflect the views of the student and not necessarily Heart of Herbs Herbal School. Educational programs are available at www.heartofherbs.com and you can find all of Demetria Clark’s books on Amazon. 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes: Recipes for life, family and all of your household needs. (Heart of Herbs Herbal School Herbal Guides) (Volume 1), Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, Herbal Healing for Children, Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Healing (Live Healthy Now)
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