Happy Mother's Day! Whether you’re mothering children, elderly parents, a spouse, pets or livestock, you know all too well that it’s a 24-hour-a-day job! So, mothering ourselves is so ever important. As I get older, my hair gets thinner besides getting gray hair. A year ago, I started using Sage & Rosemary hydrosol to help… Continue reading Sage & Rosemary for Hair Growth, Healthy Scalp & Shiny Hair
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herbalism is the use of crude plant material such as leaves, flowers, fruit, seed, stems, wood, bark, roots, rhizomes or other plant parts, which may be entire, fragmented or powdered.
The term herbalism refers to how to use medicinal herbs to work in synergy with our body, mind and spirit, how to use medicinal herbs to support our body’s intricate system to heal and cure, not suppress.
Herbal medicines are people’s medicines. Humans have been using herbs for thousands of years before single ingredient pharmaceutical drugs became the mainstream medicines.
Herbal medicines are nature’s gifts to mankind. And the best, you can grow your own medicinal herbs in your own backyard or simply in pots. Herbs are not fuzzy and don’t require lots of soil amendments like vegetables and fruits. As a matter of fact, too rich a soil will produce inferior herbs.
Calendula (calendula officinalis) for Complete Skin Care
I planted some calendula seeds late last Fall and one of them is blooming! Calendula is not just a pretty flower, but also cold hardy. This gorgeous little flower, gracing so many home gardens has been used for centuries topically to speed up tissue healing after injuries, bruises, sprains and strains. It is a wonderful… Continue reading Calendula (calendula officinalis) for Complete Skin Care
Essential Oil and Herbal Support for Coronavirus, or any virus
Based on the CDC's lists of fever, cough and shortness of breath as main symptoms of Coronavirus, here are the essential oils and herbs to support yourself and your family. Remember, go to see your doctor in the first place and don't try to self prescribe. All the essential oils and hers recommended here are… Continue reading Essential Oil and Herbal Support for Coronavirus, or any virus
Nettle Shot – a Spring Tonic
Nettle Urtica dioica is nutritive full of vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals, according to Dr. Mercola. Called a "spring tonic", it also detoxifies the body of toxins. Nettles are… Continue reading Nettle Shot – a Spring Tonic
Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) is a deciduous tree with showy lavender flowers at the beginning of the Spring and right after the bloom, the heart shaped leaves appear. The fruit/pod is a legume, that can be sautéed as a side dish. The pea-shaped flowers are edible and taste slightly tangy due to its high vitamin C… Continue reading Eastern redbud
Herbs and Essential oils to Nourish and Tonify the Lung
As hot and humid summer days gave way to dry, crisp Autumn air, now it is the season to nourish and tonify the lung, especially if you or your child/children have asthma, chronic cough and susceptibility to bronchitis and pneumonia in the cool months ahead. According to TCM, lung needs proper moisture in order to have… Continue reading Herbs and Essential oils to Nourish and Tonify the Lung
Luscious Hibiscus Smoothie with Cooling Lemon Balm and Nutritive Oat Straw
Summer is all about outdoors, the sand, the beach, the farmer's markets, the backyard barbecue and travelling! However, the heat, the humidity and being on the road can be stressful too! The tardy Hibiscus combined with relaxing Lemon Balm and nutritive Oat Straw will bring calm and cool in the hot summer days! Hibiscus According… Continue reading Luscious Hibiscus Smoothie with Cooling Lemon Balm and Nutritive Oat Straw
Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin for Happiness
Mimosa - Albizia julibrissin The tree originally came from China and is called Tree of Happiness. The aroma is very similar to rose essential oil. A Chinese native, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the flowers are used in western Herbalism to treat depression, stress and a feel-good that causes mild euphoria and giddiness. Barks… Continue reading Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin for Happiness
Astragalus 黄芪 as an Immune Boost
Astragalus 黄芪 is a Chinese herb that has been used for more than 2000 years for people with weak and damp constitution such as catching colds and flus easily, cold sweats, boils, chronic lung problem, and weak spleen. It is taken as a tea, soup or stew, sometimes with other herbs to booster immune system and strengthen the body. Astragalus… Continue reading Astragalus 黄芪 as an Immune Boost
Arnica Herbal Salve for Muscle Pain
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about how I infused dried Arnica flowers with organic Olive oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can read the post here. And it has been a month. Today, I strained the oil with a cheese cloth and then with coffee filters so that the oil was cleared… Continue reading Arnica Herbal Salve for Muscle Pain