Medicinal herbs work best when we delight in them regularly. And they can’t work at all unless we take them. So, whenever we add new herbs or formulas to our routine we are sure to link them to something we already do everyday. This ensures that:
- Our body receives the actions of the herbs consistently throughout the day.
- It minimizes any extra work we have to do to take the herbs, making it more likely that we’ll actually take them.
How to Build an Herbal Routine
A simple way to make it more likely that you’ll stick with a routine is to first pay attention to what you already have going on. This doesn’t have to be a big production. Just take a few minutes out of your day to look at your schedule.
When we add a new formula or habit to our lives, we take a minute to prepare ourselves for that transition and be conscious of the choice we’re making. It usually goes like this:
Identify routines already in place. For example:
- Dental hygiene: teeth brushing, flossing, oil pulling, etc.
- Meal times
- Exercise schedules
- Getting home at the end of the day
- Sleep and wake schedule
Select routines that help you remember to take your formulas 2-3 times throughout the day.
Expect that it may take up to 4-6 weeks to see longterm shifts start to happen.
Be flexible and forgiving with yourself.
NBD if you forget, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Start again at your next scheduled dose. Or if it’s not working, choose a new habit to pair your formula with!
How to Do Herbalism in the Morning
Support these systems: Digestive System, Nervous System
Featured Ingredients: Chicory, Dandelion, Reishi, Burdock, Maca
Formulas: Herbal Coffee
Start your morning off with the ritual of coffee, but ditch the buzz of caffeine. Our caffeine-free coffee alternative, Herbal Coffee, is made with a blend of roots and herbs including roasted chicory root, dandelion root, maca root, burdock root, mesquite pod, reishi and cinnamon bark. Add some Mushroom Magic, made with six medicinal mushrooms, swirled with vanilla and cinnamon. This not only adds a little sweetness to your morning, but also some balance.
Chicory Root lends a rich, roasty taste and promotes healthy digestion.
Dandelion Root is a gently stimulating bitter that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Reishi Mushroom is an adaptogen that soothes the nervous system and modulates the immune system.
Burdock Root soothes the GI tract and contains inulin, which can help promote the growth of beneficial gut flora.
Maca Root is a natural mood-booster that promotes focus and balanced mood.
How to Do Herbalism in the Afternoon
Organs: Cardiovascular System, Cognition, Nervous System
Featured Ingredients: Ginger, Thyme, Rosemary
Formulas: Fire Cider
For the midday slump, we like Fire Cider around lunch time. We dress our salads, spice up our broth, or - honestly - sip it straight from the bottle. It’s the perfect afternoon zippity-zappity buzz. This gut supporting tonic is made with raw mountain honey and warming medicinal herbs to promote circulation and healthy digestion throughout the day.
Ginger rhizome helps to move blood all over your body. It supports circulation, helping to warm the body and release stuck or stagnant sensations.
Thyme and Rosemary are aromatic bitters that help move blood and support cognitive function. If you find yourself slipping into fog mid-afternoon, try a shot of Fire Cider to help stimulate clear thinking.
How to Do Herbalism at Night
Organs: Nervous system, Musculoskeletal System
Featured Ingredient: Sea-water
Formulas: Magic Magnesium
Relax and unwind at the end of the day with a tall glass of Magic Magnesium. This blue lemonade flavored powder calms the body, and support a good night's rest. Added bonuses of magnesium? It help us maintain our electrolyte-balance, it supports muscle function, and promotes bone and teeth health. All you have to do is mix it with water and slip into deep relaxation.
Sea water: Magnesium comes in many forms and not all are created equal. Our magnesium is sourced-from-the-sea. It's a soluble, highly bioactive source of magnesium for use in food. About half of Americans are magnesium deficient. But you don’t have to be!
A day into night full of herbs is a brighter, more delicious, connected day.