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“At her core, the Green Witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones and gems to commune with the land she lives off of; she uses plants, flowers + herbs for healing; she calls on nature for guidance; and she respects every living being, no matter how small”. - The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
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An Herbal Break Down of the INDA Heal Blend
by Jessica Cooper, certified herbalist + yoga teacher
Herbal Medicine has been used for as long as we have existed.
The daily use of medicinal plants, or herbal medicine, was as normal and frequent as preparing and eating a meal. The movement away from using herbs daily through teas, tinctures, and food preparation is relatively recent - only in the last 200 years have we moved away from the earth’s natural resources in exchange for lab-made products. This has had a profound effect on both our bodies and the earth, as we can’t escape the state of Mother Earth’s health!
It’s exciting to be part of the re-normalization of herbal knowledge and its healing powers, for they are far-reaching and full of mastery.Inda’s herbal Heal Blend contains Hemp, Lavender, Mint and Raspberry Leaf. These ingredients create a beautiful blend that can be ingested as a tea or smoking blend, or ingested through the skin via bath. The blend is designed to help you reach a state of relaxation while also helping to detoxify and normalize your most important systems.
Hemp has many health benefits, all of which are calming and adaptogenic in essence. Hemps stress-reducing and balancing effects promote digestion, bring balance to the hormonal system, (relieving PMS symptoms), and normalize blood pressure and the gastrointestinal tract. Daily consumption of Hemp through teas, bath, and the occasional smoke are endless, as adaptogens normalize the systems of the body over time - whether it's in need of a boost or a chill pill.
Lavender is a well-known herb, one that even the United States population widely recognizes as a calming agent. All these other herbs are just as abundant and useful - lets get as aquatinted with the rest of them! Anyways, lavender is a go to for the nervous system. It helps bring the body back into the parasympathetic space - the space where your sleep is deeper, your blood flow is stronger, and digestion improves. The parasympathetic response is the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system, or the fight or flight space. We all could use this herb to help relieve the constant state of stress which has become the norm.
Mint is another well known herb. Mint’s healing powers sit in its calming and soothing qualities. It increases bile secretion which encourages bile flow - essentially aiding in digestion. Our digestion is so important, as it tells the story of our overall health - for what comes in must come out - often and easily. Mint is high in Vitamin A, D, C, Salicylic acid, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc, all of which support anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal qualities. Yum.
Raspberry Leaf is known for its soothing qualities, as it soothes irritated lungs and throat, calms inflamed skin, and treats menstrual cramps and irregular cycles. Because it is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron, C, E, and B vitamins, it helps battle nausea, soothes your insides, and helps to detoxify. We are all exposed to environmental toxins daily, especially in the form of pesticides and chlorine which are hormonal disruptors - detoxifying from the inside out is helpful for all men and women today. If used in a bath, it will enhance its soothing ability on the skin, soothing irritants like eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin - especially great in dry winter months!
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