Rosemary has been used throughout the ages as an herb to promote memory and mental clarity. It was used by ancient Greek scholars during examination times and worn by newlyweds to ground them in fidelity, loyalty, and the happy memories of their wedding day. Rosemary’s health benefits for the mind and body are far-reaching, but its specific effect on memory is unique and wonderful.
The herbalist William LaSassier named rosemary as a remedy for clearing out bad memories that stagnate in the mind and body. Thus, rosemary can be said to be excellent not only for restoring general remembrance, but for specifically restoring the remembrance of joy and love. Read more…
With the cold weather arriving, I’ve been thinking about food. I love warm, nourishing, soothing foods, and these are some of my favorites. It’s a great time of year to enjoy hot food and good company!
Well, here it comes, the grey, cold, rainy days of late fall and early winter. For many, this can be a challenging time: the days are shorter and darker, there’s less to do outside, and the cold can really get to you. Seasonal depression, whether it’s a mild case of the blues or a more troubling dysphoria, is common and treatable.
First off, if you’re experiencing serious depression, severe mood changes, or the desire to self-harm, seek emergency/professional help immediately. I’m a big fan of herbal solutions, but for severe and immediate issues, get the help you need. Herbal protocols tend to be slow, deep, long-term solutions. Don’t fool around with severe mood disorders.
Okay, well, assuming that you’re feeling mild-to-moderate seasonal blahs, and maybe are looking for a little stress support to get you through the winter holiday season and the colder, darker months beyond, here are some of my favorite suggestions.
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, is an unassuming and vigorous member of the mint family. It is easy to grow. So easy, in fact, that like many mints, once you have it in your garden you’ll have it everywhere! I love this about it, and appreciate it wandering around our property. This year we even had one sturdy little plant grow up between the bricks of our front stoop. I was so proud of it I let it grow there! Herbalists can be a little nutty about plants!
Lemon Balm has a delicate lemony taste as a tea, and is used for upset stomachs, restless nights, and coughs and colds. It is especially useful as a preventative for colds and flus, as it has a strong anti-viral action, and is safe to take for long periods.
Whether you’ve got some leftover pumpkin seeds from this year’s Jack-o-lantern or are getting your seeds from the grocery store, you can feel great about the health benefits of a tasty pumpkin seed snack all year round.
In the herbal world, pumpkin seeds are perhaps best known for their ability to protect and nourish the cardiovascular system and the prostate. Herbalists love to laud pumpkin seeds for their effect on BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and an overactive bladder. Pumpkin seed oil is a common ingredient in herbal blends to protect, nourish and normalize the prostate. It can be combined with saw palmetto and nettle root for extraordinary tonifying results. Read more…