July    |    Hydrating

Soothing, Softening, and Strengthening

Rising Appalachia an amazing sister duo who often lend their voices to the herb world

Our bodies depend on a delicate balance that can be easily upset. A huge list of peace destroyers are equaled by harmonizing systems that naturally click in to restore it. But still these mechanisms often need help and herbs are helpers. On one level natural elements or energetic qualities can create problems: cold, heat, dampness, and dryness. Focusing on these basic influences form a method for selecting which herb to take and when. Warming herbs for cold, cooling for heat. Drying or astringent herbs act as dampness drainers. Moistening demulcent plants can be the answer for dryness.

More to come...


Moistening herbs:

  • Fennel
  • Flax seed
  • Irish moss
  • Licorice
  • Marshmallow root
  • Slippery elm


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