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Herbal Musings

This is where Rose comes in to my story: the plant and her abilities are strong, resolute, calming, cooling and infiltrating.  It is one of those smells that stays with me... if I tuck my head in a flower or pour a cup of rosebuds in my bath, they permeate.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It is also the day when my husband doesn’t complain that I have usedevery pot and pan in the kitchen while he - willingly - cleans up behind me! I also herb up everything: yep I put some nutmeg in my bourbon pecan pie (and a little in my bourbon too).

Spice is so nice: knowing that your family is getting a boost of immunity from their “cinnamon” hot cocoa or from adding a little cayenne to your honey for a nice Hot Whiskey?  Boom. Simple right?

This is my rough guide to adding a littleoomph of herbal wonder to your Thanksgiving festivities and a little bit of a why these herbs are so good for you, too.

Why warming?  Adding heat in the form of spices increases circulation which then dispels the “germs” out of the body through increased metabolic processes.  Here are three herbs and ways to use them to help the body fight off colds & flus.
Being a slippery herb (demulcent) with lots of mucilage its main job is to heal by coating and soothing any inflammation that is on a mucous membrane. So for folks that have what I consider a “hot” digestive complaint - reflux, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, heartburn or ulcers - the first thing we look at is adding marshmallow root as a cold infusion to coat and soothe. The magic of mending or healing with Marshmallow comes by the coating of the digestive tract all the way from the start of your mouth to your bottom: it is your alimentary canal from top to bottom. I think you might get the picture…. at least I hope so!

Aha, but then things go really off kilter when I neglect to carve out my sacred space time, not organizing my day, doing one too many things and feeling that my patience has been stretched from all the above. I've lost my shoes 3 times this week... anyone in the same boat?!

When this happens, I automatically reach for one of my saving grace herbs:Holy Basil orTulsi.  The botanical name for Tulsi isOcimum Sanctum orGratissimum. Just typing that name, “Sanctum” or “Gratissimum” makes the peace that I've been craving start to wash over me.

Motherwort's botanical name is, Leonurus cardiaca or lion hearted - she is just about to come into flower in my garden and has a tall straight prickly spine. She considered an herbal cardiotonic and works to increase circulation. She works on the heart as a diuretic to reduce blood pressure, help with palpitations and irregular heart beats. She helps us stay steady and strong. She is a mother to us and for us, at times she is for the ones that need mothering and other times she is the ones that need the resilience that it takes to be a mother. 

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