Announcing: Oh, Hey Herbs!

Get Clean Girls is going on a new mission: we’re going to start  learning about and sharing herbal remedies, herbal teas, herbs for women’s health, caring for herbs, and anything else herb-related that strikes our fancy.

Here are some tidbits to get you started with herb know-how:

Why?

The real reason I got to work on this assignment is that I heard a really awesome speaker at the Mother Earth News Festival in Pennsylvania recently. Jaclyn Chasse, of Northeast Integrative Medicine, gave a quick and dirty overview of the top 10 herbs for women’s health. She has a naturopathic practice in New England specializing in reproductive health for women. Her talk was inspiring and made me really curious! This project won’t be limited to her list of herbs ladies should know about, but I’d like to start there.

When?

Herbs can be used every day! Herbs are gentle remedies and can generally be combined with other conventional remedies like birth control pills or anti-depressants. Many herbs are best taken in the morning, before eating or drinking.

How?

Anything that grows above ground (leaves, petals) should be put in a cup of hot water and steeped, then strained. Anything that grows below ground (roots, or thick bark) should be simmered on the stove and then strained. For herbal teas to be effective, you should plan to to drink between 5 and 6 cups per day

Strong and bitter herbs are best consumed when added to warm milk (cow, soy, almond, rice, coconut) and with spices and honey, as in the Indian tradition. The combination of protein and fat help with absorption and make the drink more enjoyable.

Who?

It’s you and me, babe. If there’s an herb you want to learn about, taste test, draw a picture of, smell, or care for, let me know! Laura and I will work on this project together, but we hope you’ll join too. Go on and claim your herbs!

No really, send us an email if you want in on this, now or later: getcleangirls@gmail.com. Skeptics welcome.

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