Nourishing Herbs: How They Support & Guide Our Body

Nourishing Herbs: How They Support & Guide Our Body 
Nourishing herbs are a category of common plants that grow wildly & abundantly on most parts of the Earth. These plants uniquely influence and facilitate each bodily function. For example, Dandelion Root reminds us to enjoy living life while showing an affinity for the liver by removing wastes, gently cleaning the blood and softening fibrous tissue.
These herbs, rich with Earth minerals, vitamins, support the major organ systems of the body, along with the lymphatic, endocrine, and nervous systems. They are safe, effective and can be found in yards, along hiking trails and river banks, in the mountains and covering open fields. 
We can easily cultivate most of these plants in our gardens & planters, or source them from herbalists, sustainable growers, at farmer’s markets & local apothecaries. They’re also well known in the Wise Woman Tradition of Healing. In addition, our ancestors practiced household medicine with these elements to care for their family and community.

Common Nourishing Herbs:

  • Dandelion Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Stinging Nettles
  • Red Clover Blossom
  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Oatstraw
  • Cleavers
  • Chickweed

What is Nourishment? 
Simply put: nourishment is the presence of that which enables thriving, expression of spirit and harmonious living. Nourishment or malnourishment is dictated by the quality of our food sources, our point of views, our community & relationships — our environment. Keep in mind nourishment will be different for every living being on the planet. 

Plants, our oldest living relatives, show us how to nourish and be nourished. They thrive in various conditions based on the sharing of nutrients alive in the fungal soil, the shaping from the winds, location/warmth of the sun and the frequency of rain. It’s an ongoing living experience that shifts with each season and the other living beings around them. 

Nourishing Herbs: Daily & Seasonal Rhythm 
Nourishing herbs encode these life experiences into their tissues. When we nourish relationships with them, their experiences merge with our bodies & teach us how to live in harmony with the cycle of the day, month, season and year. Merging with the herbs takes effort, but eventually it becomes effortless and natural. 

Hot Over-Night Infusion
With the moon rise, we build our Nourishing herbal tonic:

  • Add a handful of herbs to a 32oz jar.
  • Pour boiling hot water over.
  • Cover & infuse with the drawing power of the night.
  • At sunrise, strain the infusion to activate your digestion & drink one cup on an empty stomach. 

Greeting ourselves each morning with wild nourishment gently infusing in our body brings us into a rhythm of waking, digesting and sleeping.

When our bodies are nourished, our mind can merge with our sensorial experience and our spirit shines forth unencumbered. 

Amy is an herbalist living in Los Angeles, CA.

Amy & her husband are the founders of Yin Dew, an online herbal store offering custom blended tinctures, raw formulas, & other herbal goods. She finds an important aspect to her health & relationship with plants is aligning with the seasonal rhythms of the Earth. Plants grow and evolve, like us, in this rhythm. When we receive plants as medicine they remind us of this natural motion that we are born & live within. They show us how to merge with the spiral of life & live in harmony with all that is. Amy enjoys merging the Wise Woman Tradition with the myriad ways of nurturing relationships with Earth, Cosmos, Plants, Animals, & Spirit.

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