As the days get longer and the berries and the nights get sweeter, I feel my inner child coming back out to play. The summer was a time of sweet exploration for me. The summer is when I picked my first blackberry and feel in love with the wild. Truck rides and fireflies filled with giggles and learning what it’s like to be an Earth-loving human. As I look around I start to notice that I don’t see children out running and playing freely in nature, and it makes me wonder if they are getting the full human experience. The summer time in Florida inspired my life’s work, and I hope you can find the beauty in the summer season too!
I wanted to share some of my favorite summer herbs with you all:
Hibiscus(Hibiscus sabdariffa) Actions~cholagogue, antimicrobial, refridgerant, Hibiscus Is one of my favorite summer herbs. Parts used- Calyx AKA the fruit. This herb is known as a refrigerant due to the way it helps cool and hydrate the body. Hibiscus has a tart berry-like taste and pairs well with most herbs. Hibiscus is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. My favorite way to use hibiscus is in our St. Pete Beach tea and in herbal popsicles. Hibiscus can be grown and cultivated right here in Florida. *Please Note not all hibiscus’ are edible.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)- Actions~emmolient, analgesic, anti-fungal. Parts Used- gel in the inner leaf. One of my favorite herbs that I have been using as long as I can remember. It goes without saying that every household needs an aloe vera plant. Aloe is relatively easy to grow being in the succulent family. Aloe is so helpful throughout the summer months, because its amazing ability to sooth comfort and from my experience reconcile a Florida sunburn. Aloe is amazing for minor kitchen burns, cuts, crapes, and some rashes. I usually pick a few mid-sized leaves and put them in my refrigerator, especially for sunburn.
Plaintain Leaf (Plantago major)- Actions~ Vulnerary, anti-iflammatory, antiseptic. Parts used- leaf and seed. Plantain is a wonderful external support for wound healing, blisters, bruises. A tea can be made to spray on rashes and bug bites. I recommend putting it in the fridge, (it lasts for 3 days).
Lavender (Lavandula angustafolia)- Actions~ Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, carminative, sedative nervine. Parts Used- Flower. Though lavender is not typically that easy to grow here, I find myself reaching for this precious joyful herb often. Lavender is cooling, soothing and an excellent aromatic relaxing tea for the belly and nervous system. My favorite way to use lavender is as a spray made from the tea, the essential oil for pesky/itchy bug bites and a relaxing sachet in my pillow.
I hope you enjoy your summer!
* The information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this blog for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. If you have any health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs. *