Healing herbs are everywhere and so long as we honor and recognize a plant’s innate medicinal or spiritual value the word ‘herb’ applies.
Any plant remedy that produces chlorophyll is likely to be considered an herb, whether it is an annual or perennial whether a superfood, a root, a flower, or even a tree. The primary focus of wholistic herbalism is to support the body’s inherent capacity to not only survive but also to Thrive!
Planetary Herbalism is a term that denotes the integration of the world’s most developed systems of traditional herbal medicine. This is where we find evidence that food, herbal remedies, and natural medicine are intimately connected.
Micronutrients: The World Health Organization (WHO)
Even thought they are only needed in minuscule amounts, these substances are the ‘magic wands’ that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances that are essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as these amounts are, the consequences of their absence is severe.’
Superfoods: ‘superfoods’ are nutrient dense foods and herbs that power-pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
Examples of common ‘superfoods’:
Blueberries are high in lutein and beta carotene both of which are necessary for healthy vision.
Hemp seeds are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats which are great for as well as relatively high in protein at 22% of overall calories coming in from proteins. ‘Studies show that eating foods rich in plant based fats can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels while lowering risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.’ (Mayo Clinic)
Aprhrodisiac herbs are supportive in promoting well-being in the areas of emotional and physical and spiritual sensuality. Some examples of these herbs include: damiana, ginkgo biloba, kava kava, and rose,
Consecration herbs are those that used to asset in changing the natural energy in a cleansing and elevating manner. Some examples of these herbs include: Lavender, Sage, Frankincense,
Fertility herbs are those that are used to promote abundance of health in the natural ecology of both the land and the individual. Some examples include: apple, barley, coconut, fig, olives, and St Johns wort.
Green Herbs include any herb, or spice that is used as flavor or as food. These herbs are meant to encourage healing for the body and soul for all present in a gentle and yet powerful way. Some examples of these herbs include: basil, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, and thyme.
Wild Food is food that connects you immediately to your local environment and to the aina (land) you are currently blessed to be engaging with. Wild food is food grown in natural abundance on the earth.
Wild Flowers and wild herbs are blessings from the natural world.