Maia: When I was new to all this, I wish someone had told me to take digestive bitters before meals. The bitter taste is super important for getting the digestive juices flowing which has all sorts of positive downstream effects.
Andrew: As a chronic sinus sufferer (two sinus operations to remove polyps and a limited sense of smell), there are three products in the shop I depend on to help keep my nose functional and clear. First is the Sinus Rejuvenation Oil from Baraka, just dab some of this essential oil blend under your nose a few times every day to help keep your nose from congesting. The second product is the Hayfever Reliever from Avena Botanicals. Finally, I take bitters from Urban Moonshine to help my body digest better and absorb the minerals that help keep my body and my nose working well.
Kelsey: My favorite part of experiencing herbs has been personal research. Herbiary has a great books- plant medicine is not always a simple answer, but often a fun self-discovery. My favorites are Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal (Jeannine Parvati) and Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Scott Cunningham).
Heidi: No need to feel overwhelmed by the newness of it all, herbal medicine is meant to be simple! Try making an herbal tea blend before going to bed, it will be ready when you wake up in the morning.
Before I go to bed, I put my herbs for tea the next day into a quart mason jar, boil water, pour over and put the lid on. The herbs steep overnight and in the morning I strain and reheat or drink my herbal blend cool. One of my favorite combinations is equal parts Tulsi, Lemon Balm & Gotu Kola. Sipping on these herbs daily helps me to feel calm and ready to face the whatever my day may bring.
Yarrow: Just as we are helped by the healing plants, so are our pets. Herbs can come to the rescue in acute situations, assist our animals with chronic conditions, and also offer daily nutritional support. There are many great resources available for herbal animal care. I like "Bach Flower Remedies for Animals" and "10 Herbs for Happy Healthy Cats.”
Alyssa: I have been enjoying creating my own herbal tea blends to suit my needs. Recently I put together a "heart-mend" tea featuring Red Rose petals, Tulsi, and St. John's Wort. While the St. John's relaxes the nervous system, the Tulsi works with cortisol levels, and the Rose petals are comforting and encourage me to open my heart. I let the herbs steep together overnight in and by morning I'm greeted with an aromatic amber-colored tea that tastes like a lightly spiced honey.
April: Many of the complaints our shoppers seek to remedy can be traced to the digestive system and liver. Years of processed food, sugar, toxins, and antibiotic use leave these crucial systems sluggish. Besides addressing dietary concerns, a broad-spectrum probiotic and the use of bitter herbs as a tea or an extract often bring significant results. The beneficial bacteria get to work digesting lingering gunk, and the bitters stimulate bile, necessary to digest healthy fats and proteins.