I never really thought I’d be the type of person to take herbs. My entire life has been centered around western medicine – Ibuprofen, Sudafed for sinuses and allergies, Pamprin for cramps, etc. You get the idea. I wasn’t introduced to them until visiting my sister in San Francisco when I felt like I was coming down with something. She brought me into the kitchen and handed me a tincture of immune fighting herbs. I won’t lie to you – the taste was harsh at first, but as I took more and more throughout the next couple of days, it really wasn’t that bad. Because you know what’s worse? Being sick.
As I get older, I’m also so much more aware and cautious of what I’m putting in to my body. These days, I’m focusing on drinking less (a wine and a cocktail here and there), eating cleaner (incorporating more vegan meals) and, yep – you guessed it.. taking less medicine. I remember reading this book years ago when I was a full time vegan, (it’s so good if you’re interested) and it talks about how at times, we take western medicine for granted.
We pop the pills like it’s nothing – the minute that we have an ounce of discomfort. Why? Our pain tolerance as humans is quite high. We don’t give ourselves enough credit. That’s not to say that western medicine isn’t important – that we shouldn’t have access to it. It’s something I’m incredibly grateful for, however, I never liked how easily I would rely on it the minute I had a symptom. I’d much rather try and cure myself using natural remedies.
So, I started implementing them into my daily routine, and I have to tell you – it’s worked wonders. Not only have I combatted getting sick or overly stressed out, ti’s made me feel so much better mentally knowing that I’m doing the best thing I can for my body. When I take western medicine, it’s because I’ve exhausted all of my natural options, not because it’s convenient or what I grew up doing. So below I’m sharing my top 5 herbs that you may want to add to your daily routine if you, too, feel the same.
5 herbs you may want to add to your daily routine
I’ve used this one more times than I can count, especially in the winter months or when I’m traveling. I keep it on me at all times, and make sure to take it the minute I feel like I’m coming down with something, or as a preventative (i.e sitting next to someone who’s coughing on the plane..)
I rely on this one, and it’s another that I always have in my bag in case a stressful situation should arise. Most recently with the anniversary of my dad’s death alongside other daily life happenings that can cause stress, the herb is so incredibly helpful I can’t even tell you.
A healthy gut is something I always took for granted. A few years ago, I started having issues with food. I came to terms that my gut wasn’t in it’s peak health. My body wasn’t processing nutrients the way that it was intended to. I found myself in so much pain almost constantly. ProBiotics literally saved me (alongside drinking Kombucha regularly), and these herbs are my favorite. Capsules are okay, too, but with the liquid form, it reaches your blood stream that much quicker.
This has been a bit of a trendy thing with all of the turmeric lattes and whatnot. Honestly thank goodness, because it’s so beneficial to our bodies. Just like the ProBiotics, taking things in liquid form is that much more effective. If you can handle the taste (you can always dilute it in water but I just prefer to get it over with), I promise you’ll notice the effects far more than taking it in capsule form or in your latte ;)
This one has been a total game changer for me. I’ve always had pretty terrible cramps. I would rely heavily (I mean, heavily) on Ibuprofen, Pamprin, Midol, etc. to keep my pain at bay. My sister took wind of this and recommended cramp bark to me, and you guys.. it WORKS and I’m so thankful. I always hated taking up to 12 Ibuprofen a day for like four days on hand (ugh). This has made me feel so much more confident with my body and what’s going on inside. I will say, you do need to take quite a bit of the herbs to ensure your cramps subside, but they will. I promise.
So there you have it! The 5 herbs that I’ve brought into my life that have helped me so much. I just wanted to share the goodness with all of you, in case it’s something that you’re interested in. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them over on Instagram on the photo related to this post or just send me a DM. Here to help. x