Growing up, I ate fast food, tv dinners, and candy every day. I couldn't concentrate in school because of the lack of nutrients in my diet, and my grades suffered. I always felt like an outsider because I couldn't focus and keep up. It took a toll on my self-confidence.
Looking back, it all makes sense because how could I focus when my body lacked the necessary vitamins and minerals to support my brain and overall health? But one thing that I genuinely believe kept me grounded and avoiding major illness was my connection with herbs. I spent most weekends with my father in herb and wellness shops. I remember feeling so happy and connected to this way of life. We would spend hours exploring the natural remedies. I would breathe in the divinely scented aroma of each herb while feeling its energetic properties. I was peaceful. My heart would feel so full and calm in that environment which was a nice contrast to my usual feelings of anxiety. It showed me a world where people were healthy, balanced, and vibrant, and I knew I wanted that for myself and others.
I believe the universe is always guiding us. My intuition told me that natural health and beauty would one day be a significant part of my life.
After years of reading books on natural remedies, studying, and learning from my father, I worked in health food stores helping others find natural solutions to support their wellness, and nothing made me happier.
Now that I am a nutritionist, it brings me so much joy to help people look and feel their best and incorporate natural remedies into their daily routine. It is the best feeling in the world to help people achieve whole-body health and a renewed vibrancy.
I love herbs for the health, beauty, and wisdom they provide. Each one is special and can help us at different stages in our life.
Herbs are often overlooked for their healing properties but it is important to remember they are the original medicine.
My approach with herbs:
I only take herbal remedies when I need them. They are medicine and I treat them as such. I take them with purpose. It is important to approach herbal healing with care and respect. Less is always more. Treat herbs like medicine, because they are.
My favorite herbs:
Adaptogens: Help the body manage and adapt to stress.
If you feel stressed adaptogens will lower your stress levels and if you are low on energy they will bring you up to a balanced state. They work differently each time you take them because they adapt to your body's current state.
Pro Tip: Adaptogens work better if you take them for a while (usually 6-8 weeks) and then give your body a rest or switch to another one otherwise, you will build up a tolerance.
Tulsi: (Holy Basil) Classified as an adaptogen. Tulsi is an ancient traditional herbal remedy originating in India. It is considered a medicinal herb and sacred plant in Ayurvedic medicine.
Tulsi is a wonderful herb with many health properties.
Can help improve respiratory disorders
Can support a healthy stress response
Can relieve anxiety
Prepares the mind for meditation
Can supports balanced blood sugar levels
Can improve cognitive functioning
Can support liver health
Can support heart health
Can reduce inflammation
A good source of vitamin K
Rich in antioxidants
Supports collagen production
Encourages healthy skin
and many more.
Tulsi is an herb I hold near and dear to my heart. It has helped me so much in my life. When I need to reduce my stress levels and feel balanced it is always there for me. It never makes you feel sedated. Just healthy, stress-free, and balanced energy. Out of all the herbs I have tried in my life Tulsi is my favorite.
I have a Tulsi plant in my home and garden and it brings me so much joy.
Classified as an adaptogen. An ancient Ayurvedic medicinal herb that can balance hormones, lower cortisol levels (stress hormone), can reduce anxiety, may reduce feelings of depression, lower blood pressure, and boost brain function.
In India, it is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and improve stamina.
Classified as an adaptogen. Schisandra is a fruit-bearing vine with small berries that contain all five tastes sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and salty. Their unique flavor and rich antioxidant profile can help to support liver detoxification. The berries are also known to support menopause and may reduce levels of hot flashes and sweating.
Schisandra acts like a tonic for the body and can help to rejuvenate and balance. The adaptogenic properties can help to lower depression and reduce stress and anxiety.
Osha: Used to treat bacterial and viral respiratory infections. A powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent, Osha Root is used for respiratory infections. In traditional medicine, Hispanic cultures and Native Americans have used Osha Root to treat colds, sore throats, coughs, gastrointestinal issues, and to improve circulation and heart issues.
Growing up my father would give me this herb if I felt a cold coming on and I never got sick. It is truly amazing!
Yerba Santa: Used for Respiratory Issues. It can help with asthma, bronchitis. cough cold, inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory actions work to alleviate mucous membrane inflammation, opening bronchial airways to ease breathing. Yerba Santa is used to help coughs become productive and can relieve congestion. It is an excellent herb for loosening up phlegm to speed up recovery.
My father and I would pick this herb in the wild while on our hikes. It was so fun gathering the wild herb and feeling the strong connection to its healing properties.
Astragalus: Has been said to be one of the most powerful immune-boosting plant, ever! It is a wonderful adaptogenic plant that helps the body fight off stress and bring it to a state of balance.
Help reduce virus symptoms
Boost the immune system
Protect cardiovascular health
Prevents collagen degradation
Can help fight free radical damage
Can help reduce asthma symptoms
Pro Tip: Astragalus root is not something you take once for a cold and hope to get better. You take it over a period of time so it builds up in your system. It works much better that way.
Maca: Classified as an adaptogen. A sacred root vegetable that grows in Peru. It is known for its ability to help women suffering from PMS and fertility issues. Maca can help the body adapt to stress and reduce anxiety, increase energy, increase mental alertness and focus, increase stamina, and supports the adrenal glands.
Turmeric: Classified as an adaptogen. A root that is used for a wide variety of health and beauty purposes. Turmeric is a root often used in culinary preparations but its benefits go much further than just a simple cooking spice. It is classified as an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to stress, reduces anxiety and fatigue, improves cognition, and lowers inflammation.
Turmeric is well known for its ability to lower inflammation which makes it a great medicine for those suffering from arthritis and joint issues.