Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article There are many species of Lobelia, in the neighborhood of 300, to be more precise. Herbalists, however, tend to work with only two of those species; L. inflata is by far the most popular in…
Most of us have encountered Spearmint almost daily for much of our lives...in our toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, and any number of candies and minty treats. There's a really good reason for that; Spearmint is a solid, predictable, gentle medicine that's been cooling and stimulating humanity for centuries.
Spearmint for Colds, Flus, and Respiratory Ills
Today, as it was used centuries ago, Spearmint is often one of the first go-to herbs Moms reach for at the first signs of a sniffle. Science tells us that Spearmint is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, so it can help us fight off cold and flu germs. Energetically, Spearmint helps to cool and open the respiratory system - so it helps release and drain the stuiffiness from our sinuses and open up our bronchial passages.
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Too often, herbalists refer to Spearmint and her close relations as "Mint." It's sad, in my opinion, because the mint family is wide and varied, like the variety you get at a grand family reunion. There's subtle differences between each of them, which gives experts a leg-up when formulating with them.
Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article Licorice Root, the catch-all name for several of the Glycyrrhiza species, has been used by traditional healers for centuries. Traditional Chinese Herbalists, Ayurvedic practitioners, and Traditional Western Herbalists today all agree that the overall properties for this family are mildly cooling and moistening with the danger of driving the body into a too-moist state if not used appropriately.
Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive ArticleFor centuries, we humans have had a love-it or hate-it relationship with Licorice. Have you met anyone who doesn't have a strong opinion on the taste of black licorice candy or, for that matter, Jaegermeister?
If you've sided with the supporters of this sweet, slightly spicy and oh-so distinctly flavored root, you're not alone...
Modern herbalists turn to Elder during flu and cold season as a powerful preventative and cure. Elderberries are added to teas for daily consumption to build the body's strength, citing scientific studies that show Elderberries help strengthen cell walls by…