It is so important to keep a well- stocked Herb Cabinet in your home just in case you or someone in your family gets sick or simply for daily immune support and disease prevention. Either way, we want to learn all about these crucial herbs, where to buy them and how to utilize them wisely.
The purpose for including medicinal and culinary herbs in your daily life is to provide your body with nature’s medicine that was created to help your body maintain homeostasis. Herbs and spices, as well as all whole foods are medicinal plants that God gave us to be our medicine. You may have never considered food, herbs and spices to be medicine, but they truly are incredibly healing.
It is important for us to understand our body’s basic needs because when those needs are not met and we get out of balance, disease and symptoms of disease quickly take over. A whole foods diet, adequate sleep, recognizing stress and managing it, and daily exercise have an enormous impact on how healthy or sick we will be. It is so important to make the decision today to start wherever you are and commit to making health-promoting choices.
Herbs and spices should be consumed every single day. You will be amazed when you learn all about how God has provided such a wide array of natural healing medicines for your body. The herbs and spices that are most important are those that target the nervous system, the digestive system and the immune system. These body systems affect every component in our body so when you bring them into balance, it becomes easier for your body to defend itself against most disease.
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Because the foods that we choose to eat do not contain an essential supply of nutrients, we would be wise to supplement our diet with nutritive herbs. Incorporating nutritive herbs into your daily diet will result in many improvements in your overall health including better mood and energy, more vibrant skin, stronger bones, shinier hair, and harder nails.
I love ALL herbs, but if I had to choose just one herb to consume daily, it would be Nettle. Nettle is one of the most potent and safe herb available to us. It offers a super nutritional boost to your daily diet, provides large doses of vitamins and minerals, and a wide array of other compounds your body needs for optimal functioning.
STOCKING YOUR HERB CABINET
Nettle is my number one choice to begin stocking your Herb Cabinet. A strong cup of nettle herbal tea offers 500 mg of bone-building calcium in a highly bioavailable form. Bioavailable refers to how easy it is for the body to absorb a nutrient and put it to use. In contrast, the calcium from most of the foods that are touted as good sources of calcium, like milk and cheese, is poorly absorbed in your body because other compounds in those foods block the absorption or increase the excretion of calcium.
Nettle also provides significant doses of magnesium, potassium, silica, and are rich in chlorophyll which is a necessary nutrient to keep our body’s ph balanced. You will feel immediate healing results after your first cup of nettle tea. TJ Maxx sometimes has organic bagged Nettle, all health food stores will have it or buy it online here.
Nettle tea tastes a little like grass so I always add the herb stevia to my nettle tea. Do not be misled by imitation stevia products currently available in grocery stores. Read the labels carefully. Most of these products contain added artificial chemicals as the first ingredients with traces of inferior stevia as a by-product. Always be aware that not all stevia is created equal.
NuNaturals makes a liquid stevia that is a great option if you do not want to buy the whole herb.
You may also enjoy quality stevia in a powdered form. It is used exactly like “that little pink package” but instead of adding a synthetic chemical to harm your body, you are choosing to heal your body with this product.
I personally love the whole herb stevia and simply add it to most of my teas when I am steeping each of my healing remedies. I store it in a sealed glass container out of direct sunlight. Here is a link to the stevia I recommend. It may seem pricey, but that is a whole lot of stevia and you will only use a pinch in each cup of tea. Split the bag with a best friend or two, or someone you know that will benefit from using stevia instead of other sweeteners. Especially friends who have diabetes.
Please note that more does not mean better. More means more bitter so start off with just a drop of the liquid, and a pinch of the powder or whole herb.
Below is a simple method of making any herbal tea. I allow mine to steep for at least 4 hours (maximizing the benefits) and as I mentioned above, to extract as much calcium from the herb as possible. You can steep for the minimum or maximum amount of time.
Healing Nettle Tea
1 Healing Heaping Tsp of Nettle
8 oz of boiling water
A very small pinch of stevia if desired
Pour the boiling water onto the nettle and stevia. Cover and steep for at least 15 minutes. Drink at room temperature or reheat in a small pan. Not teflon coated, but glass or stainless steel is recommended.
I highly recommend that you purchase the Bella tea kettle. My family and I use it multiple times throughout the day. In fact, I use it every time I need boiling water. It is so easy to use. Just fill it with purified water and push the button. It automatically shuts off when the lid is on. I absolutely love this tea kettle. It’s a must have. The best part is it doesn’t get gross around the heating element. And it makes a beautiful addition to your kitchen decor. I wish I had one of each pattern.
If you have any questions about nettle or stevia, please feel free to email me.
I love you to health and beyond,