Children who can’t stand the taste of cough syrup may prefer taking violet for coughs—and it may help to look for violets to use for “flower medicine.” PHOTO: FOTOLIA/PATRIK STEDRAK
Medicinal Herbs: Willow, Violet, and Elderberry
This seasonal herbal medicine guide highlights the uses of willow, violet, and elderberry species.
By Corinne Martin
The following suggestions provide enough basic information for you to use the herbs listed here in various ways. Do not feel limited by them—the nature of herbal medicine is experimentation. Within the firm margins of safety, let yourself be guided by the plants and by your own instinct. Remember that medicinal herbs are potent and that their use requires you to be respectful of your body and of the plants. Above all, know that wellness is one of your natural birthrights, and that healing comes from within. The plants are simply herbs, ready to guide you toward internal balance.