What are your favorite or most used herbs? Not necessarily for magical purposes, but in general? I drive people nuts suggesting infusions and blends because i forget that a lot of people simply prefer whatever medicines or beauty products you can buy in a store or from a doctor, and think that herbs are foo foo and dont really work.
Personally, right now Yarrow has to be my favorite. The smell of it is so good and i use it often for colds and owwies (i have a 6 year old, there is a steady happening of falls and scrapes). It's blooming everywhere where i live now and ive got bunches and bunches of it drying . I've also just aquired a taste for it, its that smell. I even infused coconut oil with it (and other good smellies) to use in my hair.
I also use a lot of Mullein, however less often, but it works wonders on chest colds and clearing the lungs of gunk. I have thought of making smoking blends with it but havent tried that yet.
Another fav is raspberry leaves. Last year i was having 2 periods a month due to a hormonal imbalance(thyroid), and i drank an infusion everyday and within a couple months i was back to my predictable once a month cycle !! i was so releived because i tell you , as much as i love being a woman, and as much respect as i have for my body's natural processes, two periods a month was pretty bullshit. I find it also helps with cramps and seems to make the period go by faster, because it causes little contractions in the uterus. I drank this in my second and third trimesters also, to strengthen and tone my uterus for birth. My son was born at home in 11 hours with no trouble at all, the ease (for lack of a better word) of the birth i credit largely to raspberry leaves. i was told as a first time mother to expect a longer birth than that, but also that it would be more difficult just for the fact that i am a petite lady, and my son was a good healthy size. I always, always have this in my cuboard.
And i also love mugwort. I havent been able to appriciate the taste, haha, but i use it to amplify my dreams sometimes and it works. I've also smoked it for this purpose.
This list isnt necessarily in order, or a complete list of my favorites, these are the ones i use most often and have had the most success with. Of course it is subject to change as circumstances and needs do . How about you?
Edited by CailinRua, 18 June 2014 - 07:49 PM.