In the summer things tend to get hot and chaotic. Our bodies experience burnout much quicker than in the cooler months. We get less rest and have more exposure to the elements as the days get longer and we spend them soaking up the sun. There’s also the stress of the go go go season, and here in Nova Scotia the summer is the most active time for us. The over-exhaustion the sun creates is damaging to our systems and bringing in herbal allies is an easy way to support our bodies’ needs during this time. Adaptogens like tulsi and chamomile help our nervous system endure the stress, while cooling herbs like lemon balm and yarrow keep our temps regulated in the blistering heat. These herbs are also gentle enough for kids and can help them find comfort on those hot summer nights.
Herbs like yarrow and rose are wildly abundant in the summer, whether foraging or cultivating them in your garden. Yarrow is cooling and promotes perspiration to help cool the body down. Lemon balm grows almost anywhere you plant it, and is a nervine with gentle sedative qualities to “calm your nerves” in the heat. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has been celebrated in Ayurvedic medicine for its incredible adaptogenic qualities that help the body regulate stress, and it also helps provide mental clarity. Stress can be so damaging to our bodies natural state and summer medicine like this can support our system if consumed on a regular basis. Once again, food medicine makes this easy AND delicious!