Yesterday I introduced you to one type of doctor. Now let's meet another!
In December, when I had the pleasure of holidaying with my family in Jamaica, we met an herbal medicine man named Charlie who took us on a tour of some local herbs. Not THAT herb... the healing kind. The OTHER kind of healing. Come on now!
Now did you watch that video all the way through? Did you see the explanation of the leaf of life? Wouldn't you know it that the next day my little niece Mia was suffering from a bit of a cold and was all congested. Without the usual go-to remedies, we had to use what was on hand. And what was on hand? The Leaf Of Life.
I fancied up a little compress and we compressed that cough right out of her!
Now, let's play guess the herb...
If I could have only one herb in my herbal medicine kit, that one above would be it. Do you know what that is? Go on, have a guess?
Here are some clues:
- It's the most beautiful shade of... Yellow? Orange? Yellanage you ever did see!
- It is a super pooper powered anti-inflammatory.
- Liver detoxifier- is it possible that if we believe the liver to be the seat of anger then this herb can help release that anger? Hmmmm...
- Natural pain killer. Yay more of this!
- Helps manage weight, and aid in fat metabolism... More of this too!
- Super source of antioxidants.
- I brew it up for one of my fave teas.
You've guessed already, haven't you?
(the answer is at the bottom)
This was one of the many herbs we got to see fresh out of the ground and/or off the tree in St. Lucia. We learned about so much and what we were reminded of repeatedly is how the medicine you need most is the one right there in front of you. Look at this collection we learned about!
I continue to be amazed by the power herbs and food have to positively impact our health, and most of us don't pay any attention to it. It is simply not part of our culture. In my own experience, I often lean towards the culinary heroes like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, clove, cayenne, garlic and other such goodies.
But what about the real medicinals- like nettles, oat straw, dandelion, astragalus, ashwaganda and rhodiola? This is where we'll be venturing to over the coming months.
And I write this as I sit here sipping on my dandelion turmeric tea, with a couple drops of my nettle tincture and a couple drops of my gingko tincture. Feeling my liver cleanse, my inflammation go down, my immune system boost up and my brain go into super powered mode. That's what those herbs will do for me.
Need a refresher on some of my past herbal medicine posts?
That herb up there above... that gnarly looking root. You probably guessed by now, but that's turmeric root, fresh from the ground.
Question of The Day: If you could only use one natural remedy, what would it be?