I'm so excited to share this with you today. This post, in a three part series, has been a work in progress. It comes to you after much study and personal experience. It's my wish that the information will inspire as well as educate.
I believe that God has not only given us plants as nourishing foods to strengthen and feed our bodies, but I also believe that He has given us the gift of plants for our health and healing. As I've discovered, these plants are to be used with skill, thanksgiving, and respect.
The use of herbs in every day wellness and home health care is very appealing to me. For one thing, I love plants and all that gardening entails. I love having a role in helping people heal. To know and demonstrate through the loving care I give, this gift of "the Healer's Art" isn't something that comes naturally. I want this blessing, especially in my role as a mother; a role I take very seriously. I want to do all in my power to take care of myself and my loved ones. Being self sufficient, knowledgeable, and prepared is something in which I'm constantly engaging in and striving for. Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong century!
Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate the blessing it is to have modern health care. I am grateful for the services that allopathic medicine has and will provide for my family. However, I'm finding it a little disgruntling that most medicines seem to mask the symptoms, don't seem to really heal the cause, and leave questionable side effects. Why the focus on disease instead of prevention? That's why I find herbs and natural medicine so appealing. These things are so accessible and affordable for the common man. I'm looking for something that will strengthen, cleanse, nourish, and heal my body. And all that comes proactively, mostly by the things I do on a daily basis: what I feed myself and my family and the ways in which we honor and treat these bodies.
So, let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? May I present to you a little bit of what I do in my home to bring this about:
The Herbal Wellness Pantry or the Home Apothecary
Herb Drying Rack: (All grown and harvested from my garden!)
~Thyme: infection/fever tea
~Marjoram: culinary (Italian seasoning blend)
~Stevia: homegrown sweetener
~Lavender: I can't seem to grow enough.
~Lemon Balm: sedative, calming, and anti- depressive herb used in teas or bath soaks.
~Oregano: infection fighter, culinary (Italian seasoning blend).
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Part 2: The Tackle Box First Aid and Wellness Kit and Thursday's Part 3: Essential Oils in the Home