Herbs for the Dark Days

The Holidays are over, but winter is still here. The cold is going around again, and many will find that seasonal depression strikes again. I’d like to share some of my favorite herbal remedies for this time of year.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus, huang qi)

If you get sick often, and find yourself feeling run down, Astragalus might be a good herb to try out. It’s a Chinese root used to strengthen your defenses against external pathogens, appropriate for “weak constitutions” and those susceptible to colds. It’s traditionally simmered as a tea for 30-40 minutes, and can be added to soup broths as well

We carry astragalus in the bulk section, and in capsules and tincture. You can also find it in the “Be Well Broth” and “Jade Screen” teas that we make in-house.

Nettle Seed (Urtica Dioica)

Many people know Nettle for its leaves, but the seed has quickly become my favorite part of the plant. It had many uses that are unique to the seed. It’s popular for worn-out stress cases, hypothyroid, general energy, weak kidneys that need a little stimulation, and combined with nettle root for prostate health. It’s also traditionally used to build energy. I heard one herbalist go so far as to compare it to coffee, but I don’t find it quite that extreme.

We carry nettle seed in the bulk herb section.

Albizia (aka “Eternal Happiness Bark”, Albizia julibrissin)

This one came to my attention through customers who were taking this for seasonal depression in the winter, and finding it very effective. I took some myself, and found it to have a wonderful calming and uplifting effect of a type I haven’t seen in any other herb. It has a building effect, so stick with it!

We sell this in a tincture (see both flowers and bark), and the bark in the bulk section.

Yerba Santa (Eriodicton californica)

Especially in the Pacific Northwest, where rain blesses us so abundantly, we are prone to phlegm buildup in the lungs. Yerba santa is fantastic at helping clear that out. I like this for cases of asthma where the lungs are bogged down with mucous, and colds where you just can’t seem to get the fluid out of your lungs no matter how much you cough,

We sell Yerba Santa in bulk, and as a tincture. It can also be found in many of our lung formulas, and our Strong Lung Clearing tea.

January 28th, 2016|