HERBS

It’s good to be back and yes, herbs are growing, healthy is no longer secondary, happiness has returned and passion finally drives my soul once again. I decided to share some of my Herbal wisdom with everyone who read my blogs. It could be a medicinal herb, or a recipe or a gardening tip, storage tip or most anything that revolves around herbs. Hope you enjoy as I get this up and running.

I owned a retail Herb/Design/Gift shop in Cameron Village in Raleigh, NC. (Parsley, Sage & Rosemary) The years of research and education leading up to its opening led me to embrace many methodologies and areas of Herbal Medicine from Traditional to folklore, Native American, Chinese, Ayurvedic and everything in-between which leads me to my new herbal regimen, Withania somnifera, better known as Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic or Indian herb and is used in Ayurveda, a traditional practice of medicine in India.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen and has the following properties:

  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Fights diabetes.
  • Stimulates the immune system.
  • Controls bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Stimulates Thyroid Hormone Production.

After a month of taking this herb, I can honestly say that my anxiety and stress levels have improved, immensely. I don’t have anything to be worried or stressed about, but the everyday challenges of life at 60 can be hectic sometimes. I am not as stressed anymore and for lack of a better word, seem to be much more even keeled. I used to lash out, curse out or be abrupt and completely lose my patience…(especially being back in Eastern North Carolina) but I just feel a lot calmer now. I have had some osteo, arthritic and mobile aches and pains from time to time but I can report few to very little to no joint pain while taking Ashwagandha. I am also taking Turmeric for inflammation and my diet consists primarily of low sugar fruits, i.e. blueberries, plums, strawberries and blackberries, raw vegetables, steamed vegetables, eggs and egg whites turkey, chicken, fish and seafood.

Ashwagandha is going to be on my team for the next 3 months.

*Disclaimer – Folks, the information here is not meant to prescribe or diagnose a condition. I am not a physician; I am a lot of intuitive and a lot of white witch and a lot of medicine woman but for goodness sake, see a physician or your health practitioner if you suspect anything wrong with your body.

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*Resources

Mountain Rose Herbs – dried herbs

Avena Botanicals – Herb tinctures

Eclectic Institute – Herb tinctures

Now Foods – Mail order herbs, vitamins and lots of other stuff

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