It’s beautiful here. Golden hour shines as radiant as ever on these hills; the land is brimming with life. Twilight passes in a blink—one moment you’re taking an evening stroll, and the next thing you know, there’s a razzle-dazzle display of stars overhead.
Aside from harvesting and packaging teas, we’re learning a lot about the medicinal uses of herbs. The extraordinary part is that these methods and practices have been around for ages; even with the emergence of modern medicine, herbs are still faithful home remedies. They may not be as strong or immediate in effect as commercial, prescribed formulas, but they’re reliable and time-tested. They also have that displaced sense of home—wherever there’s a cup of chamomile tea or a bowl of aloe gel, there’s comfort and repose.
Hence, some herbs and their properties:
- Yarrow is used for alleviating influenza and excess phlegm.
- Marshmallow has several functions: the flowers are edible and can be used to treat coughs and sore throats. The leaves, when picked and infuse, can make for a wonderful drink for bronchitis.
- Aloe is one of the more popular herbs. Its gel is well-known for its cooling properties on burns and wounds, and its leaves are useful for chronic constipation and stimulating digestion.
- Cinnamon is a warming herb, meaning it stimulates parts of your body that produce heat. This is particularly helpful for stomach chills, the common cold, and, of course, hot drinks in the winter.
- Korean hyssop has antibacterial properties and works as a nice cleansing herb.
- Oat straws are ideal for helping with depression and nervous fatigue. Oat bran and oatmeal are good for qi (energy) deficiency, hence their reputation as breakfast foods.
- Corn silk can help cure yeast infections.
- Walnuts have an interesting backstory: “According to legend, when the gods walked upon the earth, they lived on walnuts; hence the name Juglans or Jovis glans, Jupiter’s nut.” Walnut leaves can be used to treat skin diseases (herpes, eczema, etc).
- Moldavian dragonbalm is good for “lightening a discouraged heart.”