In my book Leaf to Life: Unlock nature’s to true health, I mentioned that the secret key to good health is the virtue of RESILIENCE. This is proven by numerous studies on the healthy older old around the world. It is the one common factor (surprise! it is not diet though moderation is the key) among the healthy older old in Japan, Georgie, Northern Italy etc.
Resiliency naturally requires one to be able to let go of hurts, prejudice, judgment, anger etc. For many of us, practicing and cultivating spiritual virtues such as surrender, empathy, compassion, patience etc., is not an easy task. Will power may work for a while but there is a limit. Recourse to divine providence or God’s grace is practiced by many of us. However, for many of us, it may not be a ready alternative.
Herbs are known to have psycho-spiritual effects on us. The green power (called Viriditas by Hildegard of Bingen) permeates the whole universe – nature, plants, earth, and our human bodies. It is the life force ( Chi for the Chinese and divine energy by the Orthodox Christians) that keeps everything alive.
When one consumes a plant, this divine energy given by the Creator is transferred from the plant to the humans and it becomes a healing moment of Viriditas. This is especially so if we use fresh plant tinctures (freshly harvested plant materials prepared into an elixir, which are used in my clinic). For example lavender is balancing for someone who is a perfectionist. And rose helps someone to love him/herself ; yarrow for sensitive nature, hawthorn to let go of anger etc.
It is my belief that plants offer one of the most powerful ways to help us achieve a balanced psycho-spiritual health.
If you want to build resilience or to develop healthy virtues such as forgiveness, compassion etc., get a little help from herbs. It makes life so much easier. Let herbs be your companion.