This morning I woke up very anxious. I proceeded to spill an entire bag of dried thyme on the floor, tip a cup of tea over on the counter, and slice open my finger when I opened a drawer-all before breakfast. I went outside to harvest ingredients for a tincture and realized that I was not grounded nor in the present moment. I sought support from my herbal allies and they were there. Dandelion-for minerals, liver support, reducing infection, and letting go of fear. Violet-for grief, vitamins, purifying the blood and clearing heat from the lungs. Catnip-for fever, relieving stress, and supporting the digestive system, Lemon Balm for calming the nervous system and fighting viruses. Some dried rosehips, orange peel or zinger tea bags for added Vitamin C. Spring is the perfect time to find these plants and others in many gardens. You may have to look hard to find them and get your hands dirty. They feel pretty amazing as support, fresh out of the ground and washed very well before being used in a salad or infusion.
I made a lovely cup of sun tea, read books to my kids, and was able to finish up my afternoon projects calmly without incident. These may be the hardest times my family ever experiences. Every day is one of chaos, the unexpected, anxiety, and the unknown. As I wandered the garden enjoying the sun, warmth, and sounds of birds I was grateful. We are all healthy, there is the gift of time for games, walks, and new experiences. I have a backyard pharmacy when on-line and local retailers are out of stock and unable to meet needs. I am reminded of my passion and goal-to support others to grow their own healing herbs and food.
What are you doing right now to stay busy, healthy, and home right now?