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The Way of Plants

Herbal Wisdom - Part I

In times of confusion, when you feel you are lacking guidance or when you think “I must have it NOW,” how do you practice having patience? One way that is known to be effective for many people is through the use of patience-promoting herbs.

Traditionally used as a digestive aid to ease nausea and stomach aches, mint is also a rejuvenating plant. Mint cools the body and lessens excessive heat that may be clouding your ability to receive nourishment or to see with a clear perceptive. When your digestion is running smoothly, your outlook is clearer, which promotes patience.

To remove mental and sexual fatigue, try a diet of tomato and mint eaten three times a day for a week. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water just long enough to remove skins. Sprinkle tomatoes with crushed dried mint leaves and soy sauce to taste. (Recipe from Foods for Health and Healing by Yogi Bhajan Ph.D.)

Another wonderful herb for patience is Tulsi (Holy Basil), an Ayurvedic herb that works as an adaptagen (meaning it aids in your ability to adapt to internal or external stressors). Tulsi can help normalize blood sugar and blood pressure imbalances. By improving your resistance to stress and strain, Tulsi takes the edge off nervous tension and helps you handle yourself in a calmer manner.

When you experience stress headaches, nervous cramping belly or feel fatigued, Skullcap is a good choice. It is wonderful for reducing stress that manifests as pain in the body. Skullcap strengthens the response of the nervous system as it sedates pain, releases spasms and eases stress-induced thoughts.

One of the most well known herbs, lavender, has the ability to calm your over-exerted mind. Lavender aids in relieving tension, stress and insomnia, so that you can have the peace of mind and relaxation needed to keep moving forward.

Another Ayurvedic herb, Ashwagandha, can help to increase stamina and build up energy. It is known to improve fatigue, lack of concentration and adrenal burnout. This herb works to restore chi, energy and prana while improving clarity, strength, determination and circulation.

Embrace patience…“and may all the peace, peaceful environments and prosperity approach you forever.”—Yogi Bhajan

Siri Baldeep Kaur
Herbalist, Kundalini Yogi
Angelic Herbs For Vibrant Health

Recommended: The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra 


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