Every single day I use herbs in a multitude of ways and they are not necessarily ‘curing’ anything (although they might be!) nor are they making me super-human. What they do is enhance daily life in meaningful, beautiful ways and I’m on a mission to get others to think about herbs as enhancing their lives, instead of thinking of them in a pharmaceutical way. If people can change the way they think of herbs, they are far more likely to start using them and enjoying their benefits, which is great in itself but also it is beneficial because herbs work best as promoters of long-term balance, so not only would one get the most out of one’s herbal usage, one would also be able to retain balance and avoid imbalances (dis-ease). In other words, more herbs means less drugs, less sicknesses, less doctor visits. Now I’m all for modern medicine~ absolutely would not turn back time to any romantic bygone era because I wouldn’t want to lose access to our modern medical wonders. I am most definitely not talking about replacing modern medicine with herbs~ if you have a medical issue, go to the doctor. Herbs can do so much more though, and if you start incorporating them in your life, it’s my firm belief you’ll have less medical issues for which you need to go to the doctor. And even though modern medicine may be full of wonders, the truth is not many people enjoy the time spent in doctors’ offices, hospitals, or going through the newest medical techniques~ miraculous or not. This attitude reminds me of the slow food movement so I like to think of it as slow health. Herbs alone won’t make a person healthy, but thinking long-term about health is a great way to start thinking about your personal tendencies and imbalances and how to counteract those things long-term. Many things might help: exercise, yoga, dietary changes, brain games, homeopathy, social changes, journaling, essential oils…the list can go on and on because we are all such different individuals. At a time of year when so many of us are reviewing our daily lives and resolving to do better, be better, I hope in the rush towards better-ness we can all pause and instead of just downloading a new app on our smart phones to track diets, or upping goals on fitbits, we can all think of slowing down this rush which is itself out of balance. Perhaps the best part of adding herbs into daily life is the connection with nature that moment provides.
If you own one essential oil, it’s most likely lavender. Add a drop to your pillow tonight, or several drops to your bath and enjoy herbalism that way. In other words, you don’t have to drink an herbal tea or take a tincture in order to benefit from herbs, there is a world of beauty in essential oils that can be tapped through so many ways. Not that there is anything wrong with herbal infusions or tinctures, but if you are new to the world of herbs, I recommend starting with something fully pleasurable and beautiful and hopefully it will whet your appetite to investigate more in the herbal world. Health regimes do not need to be unpleasant~ enjoy creating your optimal health. It’s a beautiful thing.
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So well said here, Kristen 🙂 Even as a student-practitioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine – I resonate with everything you write here. “Traditional Chinese Medicine” is often a misnomer because every practitioner is different (and changing – my perspective is most fluid as a student). I say misnomer because – though one does not have to practice in an ancient way – one can certainly draw from the source of wealth our collective history holds. One of the things that’s been inspiring me most is my patients and my desire to continuously discover options with them. Though I noticed most people (like me) want to simplify – 🙂
Honestly, it’s been a fine journey. You bring up great points about using essential oils and your post inspires options for those looking to reduce their dependency on pharmaceuticals as a collective as well.
So so so so glad to have you as a blogging sister. I enjoy your posts and often get super excited when the opportunity presents itself for us to connect here!
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Thank you so much Ka! This turned out to be a hard blog post to write since it has to do with an abstract notion (mindset) so I’m glad to hear at least one person related to it! I feel blessed to know you in our blogorhood for sure. Peace and light to you for the New Year! Also I can’t wait to hear more about your TCM journey. So much wisdom in our collective history just waiting to be used….