Pictured above is the stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, which has a vibrant and rich medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used to help people poop and to ease joint pain. Stinging nettle has also been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. I often suggest using nettle for skin problems as it helps with inflammation in addition to treating urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate, for urinary tract infections or for hay fever. I also like to use nettle in compresses and creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis and insect bites.
Marigold is the silent army of the garden as it produces what is known as alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. Strong roots = successful garden. Plant around the border of beds and crops.
Also very powerful medicine when used internally for cramps and coughs, and topically for sunburn and so much more.
Besides simple style “seated meditation”, my favorite way to “go in” and activate a meditative state is while stringing flowers. A sure way to access the magic of consciousness and get in under the mind’s chatter. Warning. It can be especially activating and intoxicating via the flora, if you let it. Plus, afterwards you will have a stunning and precious garland imbued with all the goodness that you are.
Try it sometime. Cut the stems off your flower stalks. Use fishing wire to puncture through the center of the bud and string away to desired length!
photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs
Please use herbs with care and under the supervision of a health care provider. While the use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease they can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications.