Herbal medicine is an ancient science and one of the safest, most natural ways to support the body on its way to healing. I've seen herbs help heal chronic disease, get rid of a fever, and even help recall dreams. But why are so many of us so afraid to take a closer look? The simple answer is that we have lost touch with how to recognize and harvest the gifts of nature around us. Unless it has a label on it with instructions, many people struggle to use it the way nature intended.
I feel so fortunate that I grew up in Lithuania where the use of folk medicine and herbal remedies is deeply ingrained in everyday life and where well-being is supported hugely by the abundance of herbs and foraged goods. I can assure you that you don't have to have a degree in herbal medicine to make the most out of the healing herbs growing in your own back garden today! It's always important to consult a medical professional to make sure you're using these herbs safely (especially if you have health conditions or are taking medications), but these are a few of my favorite herbs and "weeds" that will keep your personal apothecary stocked up: