One of the most satisfying ways to increase self-sufficiency is to practice home herbalism. This ancient art has the power to keep us healthy, find relief from many everyday ailments, and give us some control over health struggles. It may seem daunting but there are a few ways to get started and incorporate herbal healing into daily living.
Cook with Herbs
One of the easiest ways to get comfortable with home herbalism is simply to use them in the kitchen. Many of the same herbs that flavor our food and teas have medicinal qualities. Experiment with them slowly and gain familiarity by incorporating them into everything from smoothies to soups to dessert.
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Provide Relief for Cold & Flu Symptoms
Every household gets a cold or flu now and then. There’s no way to avoid it 100% of the time, we can however provide soothing relief and shorten the severity and/or length. This isn’t about getting a degree in naturopathy but rather learning a few simple remedies that our grandmothers have used for generations. Look to your medicine cabinet and herb garden for commonly and traditionally used ingredients to soothe sore throats, calm coughs, and fight infections.
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Create an Herbal Journal
Professional herbalists would call this journal a materia medica. Those are fancy words for keeping track of herbs and their uses. This simple exercise allows the deep and careful study of herbs one at a time. This record keeping not only allows for study but also easy reference later. Can’t remember which herb is best for indigestion – it’s probably in your herbal journal. Find a bunch of St. John’s Wort in the park and need ideas for its use – it’s probably in your herbal journal.
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Build an Apothecary
After a few basics are mastered, it’s easier to fill a home herbal medicine cabinet. Make and gather medicines for digestion, skin conditions, and more with both homegrown and exotic herbs. Fill that cabinet with tinctures, salves, dried herbs for tea, and balms to treat the most common conditions in your particular home.
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Build your self-sufficient and simple living skills by beginning a practice of home herbalism. While these skills may not keep your family away from a doctor’s office forever they will surely provide comfort and relief.
How do you practice and improve your home herbalism skills?