It can be difficult to know how to incorporate herbs into your daily life. How to gently add herbs into your lifestyle, your routines, and your everyday habits. Especially, if you are a new comer to using herbs and don’t even know where to start.
And you may even be wondering, why should I even bother with herbs? Or how do I use herbs? Herbs have long sense been proven to be incredibly useful for all manner of things. And useful to nearly everyone in some way. And if done the right way can be incredibly easy to incorporate into your lifestyle.
Incorporating herbs into your lifestyle can be a very simple thing to do. All you have to do is look for the places that could use a little something extra. The places where you could squeeze just a bit more into the cracks.
Herbs are a wonderful way of adding more slowness to your life and creating moments of self-care. They are gentle and forgiving and can benefit many parts of your life.
If you want to learn more ways that you can add herbs into your daily life. Then keep reading because that is exactly what we will be talking about in today’s blog post. And I hope that you can maybe discover some new ways of incorporating herbs into your daily life!
Ways to Use Herbs in Your Food
Though this is a very common way of adding herbs into your daily routine. Using herbs as food additives is a great place to start.
There are many kinds of basic herbs and spices that you can begin to add into your food. Basil, oregano and thyme all being very common options. Herbs are especially useful as they can be easily added to all sorts of tasty savory foods. Maybe it’s just me but there’s no way that I’m going to add something like lavender to a savory dish.
If you have a few herbs that you would like to start reaping the benefits of. Then adding them to food is always a good option for starting out.
Learn what the herbs taste like, if they are better in savory foods or sweet ones. You can add savory herbs to savory meals and sweet or floral herbs to baked goods and other deserts. Some combinations you might love and others not so much. It’s all about trial and error.
You can even grind up your own personalized herbal powders that can be added to different things. You can add them to soups, smoothies, and puddings. Whatever best suits your tastes and your lifestyle.
There are no rules, just follow what feels right to you and what feels most attainable.
Personally, I grind up my own herbs to add them to smoothies since those are something that I drink regularly. Plus, they are good for those herb that lend more towards the sweeter side.
If you want some inspiration you should check out how Ally from Om Nom Ally uses herbs to make an immune boosting herb stock. Who couldn’t use that?
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Wondering how to use herbs? Well here is another very common way of incorporating herbs into your daily life is by making teas.
Herbal teas are an excellent way of getting the herbal benefits. As well as increasing your water intake in a noncaffeinated way. You can create your own kinds of herbal tea blends to suit what you are needing. Blending the herbs that you are wanting to add into your life.
It may take a little while to get the idea of how to properly create tea blends that you enjoy. But it is well worth the time and creates a very attainable way of consuming more herbs.
Herbal teas are also very good at extracting the benefits of herbs. So, you are certainly going to reap the benefits of your herbal tea blends. And you can always tweak your tea blend to what you are needing on a monthly or even weekly basis.
Some of my favorite herbs for tea blends are marshmallow root, lemon balm, stinging nettle, and oat tops. As they are all very beneficial and nutrient packed while remaining mild flavored.
Infused herbal syrups are a very pleasant way of taking herbs. They are incredibly easy to make and are very easy to incorporate into your lifestyle.
You can make herbal syrups with any kind of sweetener of your choice. Such as honey, maple syrup, simple syrup, or others like agave syrup. You can use all kinds of herbs as well. Some more commonly used ones are lavender or ginger.
You can make ginger syrup to warm you up, lemon balm syrup to ease stress, and lavender syrup to help you fall asleep. Whatever her that you are wanting to incorporate into your life can most likely be transformed into a syrup.
Your herbal syrups can be added to tea, coffee, baked goods, deserts and many other things.
Herbal syrups also last for quite a while in the fridge and make wonderful gifts for loved ones.
One of my favorite herbal syrups is a strong ginger simple syrup made with a combination of honey and sugar. I add the syrup to teas or drizzle it over cake for a warming kick to the digestive system. Plus, if you use something like ginger to infuse your syrup with you will be left with candied bits of ginger to munch on later!
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As mentioned above, there are many easy and tasty ways of incorporating herbs into your daily life. However, if you are specifically looking for the medical benefits of herbs. Taking them in more medicinal ways is also a good option.
You can take stronger doses of herbal preparations in the forms of tinctures and tonics.
You can also take herbal capsules for on the go and for ease of use. Personally, I always lean more towards capsules as they are tasteless and easy to take and forget about.
These lemon balm capsule at unbeatable prices are the ones that I take on a daily basis and highly recommend!
There are even herbal salves and creams that can help with things such a pain, stress, sleep problems, and skin issues. Though topical treatment depends greatly on what you are trying to treat.
You can easily incorporate these herbal options into your daily routines without much fuss. Allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the herbs that you choose.
Baths and Foot Soaks
Another very good option of incorporating herbs into your lifestyle is by way of baths and foot soaks.
You can enjoy an herbal infused bath with a tea blend or an herbal blend that you made specifically for the bath. These options can be used interchangeably. I’ll admit that I have been known to literally toss an herbal tea bag or two straight into my bath.
Herbal baths can treat skin issues of course, but they can also treat other health issues.
Your body is able to better absorb the herbal benefits when in a warm bath. Creating a very therapeutic, very soothing way of enjoying herbs. They are also good for stimulating digestion and circulation.
Ginger and mustard seed baths for example, have a long history and can still prove very useful for many people.
Another similar way of using herbs is in foot soaks.
Feet take on a lot of stress throughout the day and if they are in pain it can affect the whole body. Ever noticed hope achy feet can make you feel achy al over?
Herbal foot soaks are not only a good way to wind down and take better care of your hard-working feet. But they allow your body to soak in the benefits of the herbs used.
Foot soaks are nearly as beneficial as baths except they are easier and quicker when you do not have the time to enjoy a bath. And as sad as it is, we do not all have the pleasure of owning a nice bathtub so sometimes foot soaks are the next best thing.
Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has a wonderful herbal foot soak recipe on her blog if you are in need of inspiration.
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As you can see, there are a number of ways that you can incorporate herbs into your daily routine and lifestyle. All being low stress and can practically be done with your eyes closed.
Of course, there are many more ways of enjoying herbs ways that have not been mentioned above. But some of the ones that are mentioned are the most commonly enjoyed. And easiest to use.
Herbs by nature, are simple and do not require much in order to benefit your life. With just a little more thought and a pause throughout your day you can add more herbs into your daily routine to benefit your mind and body.
It’s all about figuring out what you need in your lifestyle and going from there. If you want to learn more about how to use herbs, I have a whole section on the subject under health if you want to learn more about herbs.
And don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you incorporate herbs into your daily life. You might have a tip that the rest of us haven’t heard of before!
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