Using Herbs

Everyone can use medicinal plants and herbs.  Eaten as foods or added to smoothies, made as tea, dried and powdered, popped in pill-form, or extracted using traditional or advanced techniques.  We have an extensive range to suit your needs at Happy High Herbs Nimbin. 

“Herbs and plants are sensory delights. Think of the colour of a marigold, the scent of lavender or peppermint tea, the taste of chocolate or the touch of a rose petal, wet with the mornings dew, against naked skin. Plants elicit a living library of embodied, sensual, sensory experience”. 
Elen Jones 

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Does it work? 
The method of extraction and the dosage, as well as quality of source material are all important to consider.  The unique biological make-up of the person using the herb also determines each effect.

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For example, a cup of tea, using just a few grams of dried chamomile flowers may have a gentle calming result on the nervous system for some, whereas an alkaloidal extraction of yerba maté might keep another dancing until dawn.  As architects of happiness you tell us how you’d like to feel and we’ll find the herb or natural extraction for you.

Understanding How Medicinal Plants Evolved Such Comprehensive Chemical Profiles 
Unlike species in the animal kingdom that can move around to escape environmental stressors, plants are rooted in one spot for their entire lives. This means that a tree such as Ginkgo Biloba (one of the most ancient tree species in existence today) must endure droughts, floods, freezing winters, hot summers, insect attacks, moulds and disease as well as changes in climate.

In order to thrive under such intense conditions a plant like this might produce hundreds and sometimes thousands of phytochemicals to adapt and thrive despite these stressors. When these plants are used by us as teas or medicines, the readily bioavailable phytochemicals bind with receptors in our own bodies and thus impart their healing or protective mechanism directly. 

In fact, many phytochemicals have their counterpart in our endogenous chemistry (the molecules we produce in our own bodies) which mean they bind effortlessly to the receptor sites in our cellular membranes and are easily metabolised leaving no toxic residue nor nasty side-effects. Of course, there are some plants which contain toxins,  and care must always be taken, but commonly used teas such as nettle are safe in even huge doses.

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