Herbs: Medicine from the Garden
Spring’s warming temperatures begin to thaw the hardened ground of Winter producing splashes of green around your yard or garden. Unfortunately, in our Western culture, too many consumers spend much time and money trying to rid their outdoor space of these “weeds.” Did you know that those obnoxious weeds in your garden may be giving you a message about the condition (imbalances) of the soil in your yard?
I learned from Steven Horn, an herbalist and instructor at the School of Modern Herbal Medicine, that different weeds thrive in different soil conditions. Certain weeds thrive in compact soil because their growth loosens the soil. Some weeds actually balance soil deficiencies while other weeds grow well in toxic soils because they tend to detoxify the soil.
Horn suggests learning the nature of the weeds, then treating or balancing the soil and the weeds usually will bid your yard or garden good-bye.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love the similarities between Nature’s earth and my body. Along the path of my personal wellness journey I’ve discovered that healing principles are also similar.
The use of plants as medicine dates back to the beginning of time. Those ancient native cultures I mentioned in previous chapters found many healing and medicinal uses for seasonal weeds, more lovingly known as herbs. Many of our modern medicines have their roots, so to speak, in plants.
Whether you choose to use herbs as a healing tool for your wellness journey or as a culinary herb to bring flavorful life to your recipes, I invite you to get acquainted with this simple, beginner’s list of Spring-into-Summer herbs. Enjoy!
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