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Nourishing Our Bodies with Herbs // #herbs #herbalremedies #naturalremedies

{Note from Jessica: Today's post is shared by my sweet friend Jess Kuh. Jess is a fellow real food blogger with a passion for natural living, herbs, and anything that keeps her family and home healthy. Her site, Simply Healthy Home is a treasure trove of great information about getting and staying healthy, all while living a happy life along the way! Make sure you stop by her website to check out her tasty recipes and DIY tutorials. Tell her I sent you! :)}


by Jess Kuh
Simply Healthy Home

When I first began learning about herbs I was looking at it in such a limited view:

“Plantain is for infection, comfrey is for broke bones, yarrow is for fevers…”

And while those still hold to be true in my house, I also know that herbs are complex and kind of have a “life” of their own.

Herbs are used daily at our house. My kids can't live with out plantain salve, but we also use herbs to nourish our bodies. Herbs, unlike synthetic vitamins, are easily assimilated in the body, making them readily available for our bodies to use.

Throughout history, herbs have been used as daily tonics for strengthening and cleansing our systems. Different herbs have a different place depending on the needs of our bodies.

Plants (herbs) are loaded with vital minerals and vitamins as well as contain properties that can help balance our bodies. Adaptogenic herbs are great at helping restore balance in our bodies. Tonic herbs can help nourish our systems, though there seems to be some discrepancy for this term as tonic herbs can also mean ‘toning' in some herbal references.

One of the wonderful things about herbs is that you can find a specific one for a problem area in your body, or you can find a more ‘broad' herb that can feed all of your systems.

Looking at herbs can be overwhelming and there is no “one size fits all”. It's best to research a few and see what may be a fit for you.

When trying herbs, I like to use one at at time so you can see what it is doing for your or not doing for you (this is a process called “simpling”). I've made the mistake of starting new herbs all together and I couldn't tell what was working for me.

Herbs are also easy to add into your daily routine. For nourishing, I think infusions (i.e. herbal teas) are great. They are simple too! Just take one ounce of dried herbs and place in one quart of hot water, cover, and let sit over night. In the morning you can strain the herbs and drink the infusion throughout the day. Herbs can also be tinctured and you can take a few drops during your normal vitamin routine. For more detailed info on how to make basic herbal preparations, check out Jessica's post on Infusions, Decoctions, and Tinctures.

Nourishing Our Bodies with Herbs // #herbs #herbalremedies #naturalremedies

Nourishing Herbs to Try

AlfalfaA natural source of chlorophyll, alfalfa contains eight amino acids. This herb can be helpful to those that are prone to anemia. Alfalfa is also a good source of carotene. Note: Should be avoided if on blood thinners.

Red Clover Blossoms: These pretty blooms are a great way to detoxify your blood. Red clover is a good herbal source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Note: Should be avoided by those taking blood thinners and during pregnancy.

Astralagus: The root is perfect for building up the immune system by helping your white blood cell count. This is also great at helping with autoimmune disorders as it supports T-cell production. Read Jessica's Astragalus profile here.

Nettle Leaves: A natural diuretic, nettles help clean out the kidney system and purify the blood. Jessica uses Nettle in a lot of her adaptogenic herbal tea blends and her rooibos herbal tea blends.

Dandelion Leaves: A gentle liver cleanser that helps promote good digestion. Dandelion is a great blood builder. Perfect for a spring pick me up.

Red Raspberry Leaf: While red raspberry leaf is commonly thought of as a uterine tonic, it's really a great herb for anyone. It's full of vitamins and minerals. This is a favorite I like to use in my kid's multi-herbal tincture. Jessica uses red raspberry leaf in a lot of her adaptogenic herbal tea blends and her rooibos herbal tea blends.

Oat Straw: Another herb also full of minerals, this herb due to it's high content of fiber helps with bowel function. It is a good source of magnesium.

As always,research to make sure the specific herb is a good fit for your needs.

Basic Herbal Preparations

If you’re new to herbs and are feeling confused about all the different preparations for them, don’t be! Let me help you out with this Basic Herbal Preparations post. You can also watch the videos below to learn more about a couple herbal preparations and about my favorite source for organic, sustainably harvested herbs.

How do you use herbs in your home? We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below!

About Jessica

Jessica 2While new to blogging, Jessica is not new to the world of natural remedies and whole foods. A wife and mama of two, Jessica has devoted herself to keeping her family healthy and happy through proper nutrition. She has a passion for learning about herb and sharing her knowledge with others. You can read more Jessica's thoughts at Simply Healthy Home and follow her on Facebook.

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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