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Herbal Musings

It was a calling from beyond that I would change my life and live my passion by my hands. This is where Rose comes into 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.
Oxymels are potent medicine and can be used in a healing protocol (especially for children), but I like to use them as a daily herbal boost to my food and beverages because oxymels are so tasty. I’m a strong believer in using herbs daily to keep your immune system strong and to aid in your body’s natural detoxification processes. So, let’s talk about how to incorporate oxymels into your routine to amplify your health . . .

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.

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.

Fire Cider is a, no joke, traditional medicine: it is so tasty and the combination of vinegar, infused with powerful decongestant oomp for sinus relief and spicy circulatory movers, makes this an easy go-to for winter wellness. It works with your natural health processes by stimulating digestion and get you nice and warmed up on harsh days or when you feel a little under the weather.

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