Celebrating Earth Day

While this Earth Day may undoubtedly feel different than the 49 that came before it, I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to honor our beautiful home. Nature gives us the chance to slow down, turn inward, and cultivate our inner peace. While I know many people have limited access to parks and outdoor spaces, I invite you to bring the green world into your home with these four simple herbs that can be grown on any porch or windowsill.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Known as “hearts delight” and the “gladdening” herb, this herbal ally has long been treasured for its ability to soothe the nerves and uplift the spirit, and as the old Arabian proverb goes, “Balm makes the heart merry and joyful.” Not only can this member of the mint family lift your mood, but it can also ease digestion, reduce the severity of colds, alleviate headaches, and relieve muscle tension. And it makes an excellent tasting tea.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Since ancient times, people have turned to sage for its ability to sharpen our memory, keep a clear head, enhance digestion, soothe sore throats and coughs, cleanse wounds, and even help relieve hot flashes! I love soaking sage leaves in local honey for a few weeks. Then very gently heat to make straining easier and store in a cool dark place. Your sage honey is delicious over poultry or carrots, but can also be applied to gauze and placed on minor wounds to improve healing.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Many of you may be familiar with thyme when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving turkey, but this aromatic herb can do so much more than add flavor to your food! Thanks to its antiseptic and expectorant properties, this member of the mint family is a powerhouse for easing sore throats, coughs, colds, and congestion. As a matter of fact, thyme tea with honey is one of “go-to” remedies for hacking cough. Thyme is also a great digestive aid, easing bloating and indigestion.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

This lovely aromatic herbal hybrid is one of the most versatile remedies you can grow! From easing digestive woes, relieving nausea, intestinal gas, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea – peppermint can get it done! Menthol, one of the active compounds in peppermint, can help loosen phlegm and ease coughs. Topically, peppermint compresses can alleviate headaches and migraines. One of my favorite comforts is a warm and cozy cuppa peppermint tea or as a refreshing iced tea on a hot summer day. Celebrate our uniquely vibrant planet, today and every day by bringing these tried-and-true herbal allies into your home (or patio garden!).

Bloom in Place this Earth Day

Celebrate our uniquely vibrant planet, today and every day by bringing these tried-and-true herbal allies into your home (or patio garden!).

Wishing you all health, healing, happiness, and wholeness.