Medicinal plants add vitality and health to our lives in so many ways. One intriguing point about most common plant medicines is that unlike modern synthetic medicine that works only in one direction, plants assist the body to reach a state of equilibrium. For example, lavender can be both stimulating and calming.
Magical, isn’t it?
Many of the common medicinals also have a tonifying effect on the body, meaning they enhance vitality, energy and overall wellbeing.
So let's add more plants to our lives!
Here is an easy and delicious way to do just that:
Herbal Honey: *** Honey is a wonderful solvent for medicinal plants for a number of reasons.
*** Honey in itself has many healing benefits. Like all of the products of the hive, it is made using medicinal flower nectar, collected and transformed by the bees.
*** Honey is antibacterial and has a soothing effect on the throat.
*** Honey is antimicrobial and water-soluble so it can be used as a solvent for fresh herbs to enhance its medicinal properties.
*** As honey is sweet it hastens metabolism, therefore, increasing the uptake of medicinal properties in the plants.
*** It tastes great! Kids love these medicines.
*** As a sleep remedy, it’s great as honey is natural sugar so it gently raises insulin, therefore, lowering cortisol levels.
We will infuse our sleep honey with chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender. All wonder calming herbs. • Chamomile: Offers support for the nervous system, is calming, eases stress and nervousness thus promoting sleep.
• Lavender: Has relaxing and calming effects. It is a mild antidepressant in addition to relieving tension, stress, and insomnia.
• Lemon balm: Calms the nervous system, functions as a mild sedative and a remedy for relieving grief based insomnia.
How to make it: • Place a couple of sprigs all three plants in a jar and cover with honey. • Allow herbs to infuse the honey for a week. • After a week you can choose to strain it but it is messy, you can also leave the herbs in the honey.
How to use it: • Use to sweeten tea (with similar herbs) two hours before bed. • Or take a teaspoon one hour before bed.