Cooling Herbs for Summer
It's been a long, hot July. Thankfully there are plant allies to help cool us down in the heat of summer. Here are a few of my favorites.
Marshmallow Root is incredibly hydrating, especially beneficial when we're drinking a lot of water but still feel parched. Marshmallow's soothing action helps to relieve dry skin, dry coughs, and digestive inflammation, and is topically helpful for sun burns and other inflamed skin issues. Make a long infusion in cool water, for at least 8 hours or overnight, to extract its hydrating components.
Linden helps release excess heat from the body, relieving signs of rising heat, such as sweatiness and redness, and soothing "hot" headaches. Linden also helps cool and smooth out feelings of anxiety and irritation while nourishing fried nerves. Make a long infusion with hot water, for at least 8 hours or overnight, to extract its hydrating components as it cools.
Lemon Balm helps to release excess heat from the body, beneficial for hot weather and heatstroke, while relaxing anxiety, stress, and agitation, and elevating the mood. Steep in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
I especially love working with Rose topically in the summer. Rose water, or rose hydrosol, is amazing for sunburns and other inflamed skin conditions, such as acne, due to its incredibly cooling action which helps to relieve heat and inflammation in the skin. I love to keep a bottle of Rose Mist in the refrigerator to spray on throughout the day for instant refreshment.
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