Thursday, May 14, 2020

Herbal Self-Care During Covid-19

Molly Sams
It's been a weird world. I know we are all going through it and I'm sure you are feeling as trapped and claustrophobic as I am. Here is what I've been doing to feel productive, take care of myself, and create an herbal routine to keep me going.

What I've been steeping

I know London fogs are not really considered an herbal tea but I do find it is a great alternative to coffee and helps me break up my routine. I use regular earl gray tea with a little vanilla extract and a bit of half and half or oat milk. I usually steep the tea in my French press as well. That way there is plenty of room for each tea leaf. It makes me feel a little fancier than my usual cup of black coffee. If I want to feel extra fancy I'll steep my earl gray with a pinch of lavender buds.

Again, I know coffee is not necessarily an herbal tea but I do sort of see it as one. Just like any other tea there are benefits to drinking it. However, drinking 25 ounces every day (my former routine) probably didn't really help matters. I do find drinking black tea every other day has helped the jitters. But back to coffee. With coffee I'll mix in a little Ceylon cinnamon to my beans as the water boils. Then I pour the boiling water over the beans in my French press (by the end of this you'll realize my intense love for my French press) and let it steep for about four minutes. It's a nice beginning to the morning and carries me into work.

So I drink both the fogs and coffee hot or cold but I enjoy my hibiscus and ginger tea as an iced drink. For this I take three healthy pinches of hibiscus tea, two to four slices of crystallized ginger (depending on the size), and let it cold-steep over night in, you guessed it, my French press. Then I either bring it with me to work or bottle it and put it in the fridge. I enjoy doing all of these because I still feel like I'm able to have a decent range of drink choices, I still feel a little fancy, and I get to save money.

What's been helping me look good

Getting through this has been pretty tough. I'm an essential worker nowadays at a credit union and I'm required to wear a homemade mask every day to work. The amount of heat and moisture that my mask creates has really wreaked havoc on my already sensitive skin. I've had to change my skin routine a little just to help it out.

I've started doing masks a couple times a week. I use a chemical peel mask once every two weeks to gently exfoliate. I only leave it on for about 3 minutes so I don't get any redness and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and less flaky. The rest of the week I use gentle mud masques or sheet masks to moisturize.

I also use a healthy amount of hydrolauronic acid to help keep moisture in. Now that I live in Colorado my skin has become pretty dry and reactive. The hydrolauronic acid has seriously helped regulate the moisture in my skin.

Getting my green thumb going

To be honest, I've never been amazing at growing plants. I am a big fan of plants that I say good luck to after I put them in the ground. When you live in a tiny condo with little light, it's kinda hard to keep that philosophy. So I only have two little plants, lemon balm and peppermint. Caring for them, watching them grow in their containers, and soak up what they can of the sun has been a real positive aspect in my life.

If you have a nursery near by call in and see if they're open. Support a local grower while uplifting your spirits all at once.

Hiking and staring at wildflowers

I have been hiking a lot to stay sane. I wear a mask on the trails and luckily there aren't too many people when I hike. I have been able to see some amazing plants and views along the way. If you have hiking trails near you I would seriously suggest going. It makes you realize there is still more to the world than Covid.

Here's a couple photos to tempt you to hit the trails.

If you can, support small, local herb shops and businesses

I have been lucky enough to stay employed so I've been trying to support my favorite herb businesses when I can. When this began I re-upped on some of my favorite skincare products from Colorado Aromatics and splurged on some things I have missed from The Rosemary House. You can also cheer up your loved ones by sending them a gift certificate or a surprise package. If you can, spread some love. It can really help out.

Finally, read, read, read

Dive into a new (or old) herbal book and see what you can learn. I finished a First-aid herbal book and learned so much (good and bad). Now I'm moving on in my massive herbal book queue. Now that we are mostly just staying at home I think it is a great opportunity to learn more about herbalism, try some new recipes, and maybe find a new favorite herb.

This is rough and I know we could all use some help. I hope that if you try any of my recipes or rituals they help you get through this. Stay well and stay safe.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Herbal Medicine for Emotional Healing

I am so excited to share this book with you!  There was no pandemic when it was written.  None of the things that we're all going through were even possible to imagine.  I'd spent months considering exactly which herbs to focus on, gathering my recipes and remedies, and choosing categories that would make the book easy to use.  Little did I know at the time that we'd all be in need of a cup of calming tea or some herbal drops to ease our fears by the time it was ready to release. 

It makes me so happy to be useful and helpful at this moment in time, and you'll want this information and the recipes long after we've pulled ourselves out of this.
Reserve your copy now for mid-June delivery!