A few months ago I made a nourishing tea to support me during a pain flare. This included muscle aches, back spasms, and an overall feeling of being exhausted and drained. I pulled out my mixing bowl and searched my shelves to see what might sound good to sip. This is what I ultimately came up with: Nettle, Rose petals, Red Raspberry, Chamomile, and Marshmallow.
Each of these herbs has a personality, characteristics and actions traditionally associated with them that made me include them this particular evening. And each also has a lovely taste, which was my highest priority.
For example: Raspberry leaf is a uterine tonic that has traditionally been used to counter inflammation.
Nettle is also a uterine tonic, and is considered an alterative herb, which means it supports the body’s own natural processes and helps restore proper elimination and other functions.
Roses have traditionally been considered anti inflammatory. The fact that the petals are pink added beauty and the lovely rose scent was therapeutic in its own way.
Marshmallow root is considered a demulcent, which means it can coat, soothe, and protect mucus membranes, and it also is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile is one of my favorite herbs on the planet for so many reasons. Here are a few highlights: it has anti inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, it acts as a relaxant and also promotes restful sleep.
I’ve learned that my favorite tea blends include 1 or 2 herbs with the same action – on this occasion it was Red Raspberry and Nettle’s uterine tonic action since the timing coincided with my cycle – and 1-2 secondary herbs. In this particular formula, I chose Chamomile and Rose as my secondary herbs. And finally, it is often nice to add a demulcent herb. I often think of Marshmallow when it comes to demulcents.
I also did an Epsom salt bath, which is a great way to receive magnesium transdermally, and later used a massage oil infused with St Johns Wort, Arnica, Calendula, and Lavender on my sore spots. I remember being so thankful to sleep well that night. My body was happy with the love and tenderness I offered it.
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