Self-love is vital for a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to love ourselves. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including negative self-talk, lack of self-compassion, feelings of unworthiness and low self-esteem.
When you're on your healing journey, you discover so many aspects about yourself that you simply were not aware of before. It can be very overwhelming and emotional at times, but it is also incredibly beautiful. Just like anything else in life, self-love takes work. Simple acts of self-love help us relax and reconnect with ourselves, which is necessary to support our energy levels, creativity, and inner peace.
One of the best ways to start loving yourself more is by working with herbs that support self-love. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. And they continue to be used today because of their amazing ability to heal us physically, emotionally and spiritually. As they come from mother earth herself, herbs not only reconnect us to our organic nature but also the divine feminine energy within us all that embodies the very essence of self love.
There are many herbs that can support you on your journey of self-love, but these four are some of my favorites to work with:
TULSI: Also known as Holy Basil, is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries to promote health and is known as the most sacred plant in the world. Tulsi infuses you with its divine energy—body, mind, and soul, making it a perfect herb to work with for self-love.
HAWTHORN: Beyond its physical benefits, Hawthorn carries a symbolic message of love and compassion. It is often associated with matters of the heart, not only in the physiological sense but also in matters of love and empathy. Many herbalists believe that working with Hawthorn can open the heart chakra, fostering a sense of love and interconnectedness with others and with the natural world.
CHAMOMILE: A wonderful herb for self-love as it is very calming and soothing, helping to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.
ROSE: is the perfect herb for self-love because of its strong connection to the heart. Rose helps to heal the heart, open the heart, and bring in more love. Rose allows us to be open to new possibilities, yet strong and protected in our self.
STRAWBERRY LEAF: A symbol of self-love and growth, embodies renewal, emotional healing, and self-acceptance, nurturing one's well-being through nature's wisdom and gentle care.
SKULLCAP: Skullcap, a cherished herbal ally, offers serenity to the restless mind. In cultivating inner calm, it becomes a gentle companion on the journey to self-love, allowing for introspection and nurturing.
OATSTRAW: A very nourishing herb that helps to soothe and calm the nervous system. Oatstraw is also helpful in restoring energy levels, making it perfect for when we need a little extra self-love.
Herbs can be used in any number of ways. This includes tinctures, teas, water infusions, salt baths, and oils. They can be used both on and in the body, depending on the concentration and source.
What are some of the ways you can work with herbs?
-Tinctures are a concentrated form of an herb that is taken by drops. Tinctures are made by soaking the herb in alcohol or vinegar for several weeks. The tincture is then taken by placing drops under the tongue, adding it to water or tea.
-Salt baths are made by adding the herb to Epsom salt. We created ourSoul Nourishment Salt Soakwith key herbs such asRose Petals,Red Clover Blossoms, Hibiscus Flowers, & Lavender Flowers to help you relax and deeply nourish your soul with self love.
-Our Venus Rising Essential Oil was created by hand especially for you to connect with your higher self as you journey through self-love, healing, harmony and abundance. It is a very special, one-of-a-kind oil elixir.
-Teas are made by steeping the herb in hot water. This is a simple and easy way to work with herbs.
-Water infusions are made by soaking the herb in cold water for several hours or overnight. This is a great way to make large batches of herbal tea.
There are many ways to work with herbs. I encourage you to experiment and find what works best for you as you continue your journey of self-love. Work with the herbs that resonate with you and see how they help you to connect more deeply with yourself.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the powerful nature of plant medicine, it is best to speak to your doctor before you begin taking any herbs, even if they are considered safe for most people. This is especially important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a chronic illness, or are taking any medications.
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