I’m giving myself a challenge this month. Are you in?‏

As I mentioned in Mondays post, my challenge for the rest of the month is to get more nourishment into by body by enjoying different herbs every day. I have quite a collection of herbs here in my mini home apothecary, and I really need to start using them more. (Plus, there are so many great herbs to be found at health food & grocery stores.) We’re getting less nutrients in our food these days – the soil is more depleted then ever, and the “medicine” has been bred out of a lot of the food we eat for a long time now (see this article for more info) – so it’s always a great idea to nourish with herbs.

(Yesterday’s gray weather called for a spicy / sweet / chocolatey version of ayurvedic golden milk, with turmeric + other spices – recipe soon to come – sign up here to have it sent to your inbox next week. )

I’ve been fascinated by herbalism since I was a kid, when my dad would bring home mysterious bags of herbs to brew from Chinatown in Chicago.

Another early memory is of Kava drinking sessions with friends in high school. They had a whole ceremony for it – we would have to clap before receiving our wooden bowl of kava to drink (which they called a bup, because it looked like a combination of a bowl & a cup.) Very official.
Since then I’ve slowly been getting to know some of our many plant allies. It never ceases to amaze me how each plant has something different to offer to fix our ailments.

One of these days I’ll make it official and become a certified herbalist – in the meantime I’ll just continue to learn about and experience the healing power of plants.

Anyway, I’d love it if you’d join in on the challenge one day, or every day, for the rest of the month. I’ll be posting daily on instagram (by far my favorite social media platform)

http://instagram.com/thelotusroot

I’m using the hashtag #HerbalMedicineEveryday – feel free to follow it or use it on your own photos to share what herbs you’ve been enjoying.

Not on instagram? Feel free to share your pics on facebook. I’ll be posting on my blog throughout the month, too.

Got an herb you’re not sure how to use? Let me know and I’ll try my best to help you out or do a post on it.
Hit reply or ask anonymously, here. {I’ve been loving all of your questions and if I haven’t answered yet I’ll be in touch soon! Keep ‘em coming!}

Liz

 

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