If you want to feel truly abundant in life, then look just outside your back door! There are an abundance of plants or ‘weeds’ and flowers that we can eat and use to heal all sorts of ailments. We are surrounded by amazing little plants that have so many uses for mind and body and with almost no negative side effects.
Two very common healing herbs are Yarrow and Plantain, both are found all over the place and all year round, these are great plants to look out for when we are walking in winter, you can collect the leaves and have a go at making our own herbal remedies.
YARROW (Achilllea Milllefolium): This wonder herb is one of the best fever remedies, tones the blood vessels, aids digestion, wound healer, aids blood clotting and has antiseptic properties. Use the crushed leaves directly on a wound, inside the nose to stop a nose bleed, drink as a tea or add to the bath.
PLANTAIN (Plantago Lanceolata): Plantain is a great antihistamine, it is antimicrobial and anti-immflamatory. Plantain is good for ear infections and throat infections, it has also been used for coughs and sinus congestion.Use the leaves crushed for nettle rash, bee or wasp stings and wounds. Make into a tea or tincture or as you’ll see in my video below add to some almond oil, leave in a windowsill for 3 weeks, drain and use as a healing lotion.
The very act of going outside to collect these herbs in winter is healing in itself, getting that fresh air and sunlight is essential for our mental and physical health, especially during those long dark winter months. Watch my video from a course I ran in January 2018 called ‘Mindfulness in Nature’
In January I run another 5 week course “Mindfulness in Nature’ and the aim is to beat those winter blues. I share techniques and exercises that people can take away and practice for themselves, to find out more follow the link below:
Disclaimer: The information contained in this video is not intended to replace the professional advice and care of a qualified herbal or medical practitioner. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or self-prescribe for serious long-term problems without first consulting a qualified professional.