The year we moved west was a tough one. We left behind all of our friends and family for a new life under the slogan “Oregon or Bust.” We spent a year preparing, selling much of what we owned, saving,…
I introduced myself and sat down to hear Gloria's story. The advantage of being an older woman is that young people see you as a trusted, matronly figure and share the emotional history that they do not share with younger herbalists. As Gloria spoke, it was clear that the stress of her life was wearing a hole in her.
Stinging Nettle. Not exactly an herb of excess, is it? I mean, who’d want pounds of stinging anything, right?
In 2008, I sure thought I did. I was making about a half gallon of Nettle Tea every other day to help stave off allergies and bulk-up on my calcium and other bone-building minerals. It took a cup of dried nettle to make each half gallon, so I was buying what felt like pounds of Stinging Nettle at the grocery every month.
Nettle is the first herb that our herbalist team reaches for when treating allergies. It is not a decongestant. It fortifies our bodies so that we have the strength to fight off the allergy problems ourselves.Nettle is the first herb that our herbalist team reaches for when treating allergies. It is not a decongestant. It fortifies our bodies so that we have the strength to fight off the allergy problems ourselves.
That’s the way of lavender. She sets a lovely example, growing neat and tidy as she does. She lines up her blossoms to make the work of pollination easy for her bee friends. She uses surprisingly little water while offering up surprisingly lots of medicine in the form of essential oils that evaporate into the air, scenting her surroundings, and a peaceful, self-assured energy that welcomes one and all to relax.
I had dealt with anxiety before with patients and learned to keep a little bottle of lavender essential oil in my pocket. I opened the bottle and put a few drops on my wrists, then placed my hand on Gordon's shoulder to steady him. Gordon blinked.