By now we should all be well versed on our social practices to prevent the spread of CoVid-19 and flatten the curve. ...
Yes, wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. For those of us who cannot stay or work from home, whose spouses cannot stay or work from home, we need to have more options than only washing hands (wash your hands!) and staying 6 feet away from our closest humans (ugh, it's so hard not to hug people - I'm a hugger).
Last week I wrote about herbs for the nervous system and sent out two newsletters about this same subject. I also have set up a few YouTube videos (Go subscribe!) on these herbs as well. I strongly believe that herbalism is the people's medicine and want to empower people to take control of their own care. This is not to say that I want anyone to just walk away from conventional medicine. Far from it. Allopathy is a very valuable tool for saving lives and improving quality of life. It has its downsides too and that is where self care can be so valuable. But this is also to say that buying herbal preparations willy nilly after hearing the most recent buzz without knowing anything about herbalism, is doing a disservice to you and the plants.
Instead of posting yet another article to add to the mass of information out there, I am going to link here to some valuable herbal resources to help get folks through is pandemic. Though I do link to a fantastic article by trusted herbalists, note that one is on herbs and one is on pantry medicine. I highly recommend reading Rebecca's write up on pantry medicine because most likely, the herbs mentioned in the Immunity article that you are going to want to access, firstly, may not be easily found, and secondly, are as Rebecca says, are not commodities. That being said, here are the two articles that I have found to be most helpful and most accessible to most everyone:
I hope this finds you well or at least, that this helps while you are not.
Cheers, to you, and to the plants.
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.