by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Summer is the high season of greatest Yang Energy and activity. As we tend to overdue in summer (too much sun, working out and physical activities)we tend to experience more headaches, burns, and skin problems. Also find herbs for strengthening the respiratory tract, maintain sinus passages, support for healthy circulation and herbs to sooth the discomfort of sore joints and muscles.
Aloe (Aloe vera) with its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, aloe is great for sluggish bowels. It stops the itch from insect bites and cools the affected area.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) – As a tea or essential oil, this remedy treats the common cold, relieves cough, boosts your immune system, relieves stress, improves vision and helps prevent acne.
Chamomile – German (Matricaria recutita), Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – an herb of the sun, chamomile helps sooth skin inflammation, lightens hair and treats digestive problems. Use cool, wet tea bags over eyes to relieve tension, soreness and fatigue.
Dandelion – (Taraxacum officinale) – The dandelion leaves are a nutritious rich food. Toss the leaves into a salad. The root is used for a variety of liver and gallbladder problems. Use as a tincture for a stimulating tonic.
Dill (Peucedanum graveolens) – The summer herb is great on chicken, fish, in salad and makes refreshing dill water. It is a remedy for flatulence in infants and useful for children’s medicine in general.
Elderflower – Elder flowers are highly effective in managing upper respiratory congestion and infections. Picked from the elder tree in mid to late summer, perfect for drying up a runny or blocked nose. a perfect remedy for soothing, healing and protecting mucous membranes.
Fennel – (Foeniculum vulgare) – Fennel water has properties similar to those of anise and dill water: mixed with sodium bicarbonate and syrup, these waters constitute the domestic ‘Gripe Water,’ used to correct the flatulence of infants and adults.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is the go to remedy to ease nausea. Taken in capsule, tea, or crystallized ginger form, this root should be taken during the first few hours of travel to help ease the tummy.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) can be used as a soothing tea to help with stomach upset. Try dabbing essential oils of peppermint on a tissue and inhale before and during your trip. Massage into neck and temples to treat a headache.