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When I first came to herbalism, I was quickly drawn to the idea of food as medicine. Cayenne increases blood flow and acts as a gastric stimulant, aiding in digestion. Chewing a fennel seed also aids in digestion. Garlic is antiseptic and can be used to help clear acne. Apples sooth gastric issues and can be used topically to aid in the healing of skin infections.
Fall has crept its way into Minnesota – the leaves have all changed and the nights are cool, which means that flu season is looming and every sneeze, sniffle and cough in my household has us holding our breath and stocking up on immune boosters.
That’s where fire cider comes in.
I’ve had a few folks ask me in recent times how I manage my anxiety. The answer is complex – there isn’t one single way that helps me. It is a delicate balance of eating right, staying active, writing, and tending to my emotional and spiritual needs. For me it’s become a bit of a way of life to tend to my mental health. Along the way, I’ve made friends with few plant allies that help manage my symptoms tremendously.