Life is constantly changing, isn’t it? Back in March and April when I went through a season of depression, my entire life changed. And NOW, I’m getting started with herbs……plants I once called “weeds”. I view them in an entirely different way these days. They’re actually going to have a specified place near my vegetable garden next year.
I no longer sit for hours on the computer. Life is too short for that. Instead, I’m spending much more time with my family and grandchildren, studying herbs and herbalism, walking, paying more attention to my health (which is another reason for studying herbs). I spend alot of time walking. AND I’m gearing up for FOOTBALL SEASON!! Go Bucks and Panthers…….keep pounding!!
Before I post my first snapshot with herbs, I’d like to remind you of a post I made for Scripture and a Snapshot a year ago, on August 1, 2015. I was concerned with what I was eating and what I felt that I SHOULD be eating. I was going to pursue a study that I’d begun years ago and now I believe I’m finding where that study is or was leading me…..to the herbs. Herbs are not only for medicinal use but the Earth is FULL of food for our bodies if we only open our eyes. And so I’m getting started with herbs, edible and medicinal!
First up is Dandelions and Dandelion roots.
The essential components of this wonderful, now-beautiful-to-me-weed are:
- Vitamins A and B
- Leaf: calcium, potassium, iron, carotenoids, coumarins
- Root: potassium, calcium, phenolic acids, taraxocoside, inulin
It would take me an entire day (or more) to list all there is to know about the Dandelion and its roots. So I’ll list a few things that may be of most interest to you.
The flowers, leaves, and roots are harvested and used fresh or dried to make teas, tinctures, or infused oils or eaten in salads, stir fries, and soups. The roots are also roasted and brewed as a coffee substitute.
I am interested in the various parts of the Dandelion to help lower my cholesterol. The Woman’s Book of Healing Herbs says this: “When you’re dealing with cholesterol, you want to do things that support the liver function. That’s because cholesterol, which is a building block for hormones, is produced in the liver. Dandelion is a bitter, and bitters help normalize liver and pancreatic function, which affects the way your body metabolizes fat, including cholesterol.”
There are many more conditions that the Dandelion is good for but like I said, I can’t go into all of it in this blog post. I am going to leave you with a few links if learning about herbs is something you may be interested in.
Not only am I borrowing books about herbs from our local library, I’m also studying with The Herbal Academy. I will soon be signing up for one of the Herbal Academy courses and I did take out a year subscription to the Herbarium and that’s where I’m learning ALOT about the various herbs.
You can also Preview Lesson from the Introductory Herbal Course.
Two books that I’d recommend are:
I am truly excited to be sharing my journey with herbs with all of you and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the progression. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me either by email (click on the little envelope icon at the top right of the sidebar).
I’ll have another post in a day or two, so be sure to pop back in and see what’s next!
God Bless and Have A Creative Day!
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