The Crestone Eagle • May, 2020

There’s No Such Thing As A Weed: Herbal remedies for our challenging times

by Dorje Root, RH (AHG)

A couple months ago I wrote an article about strengthening the immune system.  I wrote it with a “normal” flu season in mind, but it is just as relevant now for our current situation.  To expand on that, there are a few other things to keep in mind.  We are living in challenging times.  No matter who you are, or what your thoughts are about our political reality or health reality, most of us are stressed out. We’re stuck at home and can’t see friends or family, probably our financial reality has been affected, and there’s a lot of fear out there.  Stress, as we all know, can weaken our immune systems.  Here are a few things to do to help with this.

1. Get outside.  The weather is warming up and we can still take walks and check out what wild things may be coming up

2. Hug a tree.  You can’t hug your friend, but you can hug a tree.  I just read an article about Icelanders being encouraged to hug a tree for 5 minute a day to overcome feelings of isolation.  Go find your favorite tree.

3. Use flower essences.

4. Use herbal nervines.  Motherwort, passionflower, chamomile, skullcap, and oat straw are all good for calming and restoring balance.

5. Be aware of how much time you’re spending on the computer and smartphone while working from home, having Zoom meetings etc.  Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) can cause both physical and mental/emotional stress.  Put phones on speaker and away from your head, install ethernet in your home, and/or use products that protect from EMFs (I can help with this, but that’s beyond the scope of this article).

If you’re looking for herbs to have on hand in case sickness strikes, consider these:  licorice root, which is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and demulcent (soothes internal tissues); grindelia, an herb traditionally used towards the end of a cold or flu which is an expectorant (gets rid of excess secretions by thinning mucus); mullein leaf, which is a respiratory tonic, demulcent, and expectorant; St. John’s wort, which is anti-viral, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and nervine;  prickly ash, which is a circulatory stimulant; horsetail, which improves elasticity of certain connective tissues; and osha, which is a bronchial dilator and anti-viral.

In addition, consider having a good respiratory syrup (cough syrup) on hand.  Making an herbal syrup is easy, and fairly inexpensive to make enough for a few weeks.  If there is interest I would be happy to teach zoom classes on making syrups, and on making your own liposomal vitamin c.  Check my website and/or Facebook page for dates and times.

Wishing you all health and well-being in these challenging times!

Dorje Root, RH (AHG) is an herbalist and natural healer, also working with Plant Spirit Medicine, Intuitive Energy Healing and ‘The Journey’ cellular healing.  For an appointment call 719-937-7786 or visit, or Facebook page roots of healing.