I’ve used the term “Herbal Ally” many times before, but I’ve never taken the time to clearly explain what I mean by it.
Let’s start with the basics.
An herb is not just leafy green plants but used in the broader sense, anything natural that is taken for benefits. This includes the medicinal mushrooms, animals or their parts, such as ant extract or deer antler, and also a mineral pitch such as shilajit. That’s the herbal part.
The word ally has at least a couple of different definitions:
- a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose:
- a person who associates or cooperates with another; supporter.
Although we tend to think of allies in terms of nations or people, this definition could be extended to any living being. And herbs were once living beings.
For an herb to be an ally there has to be close alignment. A common cause. A purpose. Support. In other words, just cause you take an herb, I wouldn’t necessarily call that an ally. In my mind, that’s more like an acquaintance or a friend.
An herbal ally is when you find an herb that changes your life in some way.
One that you can turn to in times of need and do so over and over again.
One that teaches you something about yourself, possibly by shifting some patterns in your life.
One that has a dramatic impact.
The first time you find an herbal ally can be a “wow” moment. Because up until that time in your life you may not have realized that herbs can be allies in this way.
This, of course, happens through taking the herb in some way. It can also occur and is often helped by, developing a relationship with the living herb too.
There are lots of herbs out there. We have somewhere around 50 of them at Lost Empire Herbs, and that only scratches the surface.
As for herbal allies, I’d probably only count ten herbs in that way.
One of which is Blue Vervain. This is not a well-known herb. Of our tinctures, it doesn’t sell particularly well, compared to others. But it is an herbal ally for me. To help clearly illustrate the meaning even further let me explain why I consider this herb to be so.
I first heard of it in some of my herbalism training. It was described as being indicated for Type A personalities. For being specific for entrepreneurs that work hard. For those that think and think and think and sometimes have a hard time stopping the thoughts, getting out of their head into their body. When I heard that I was like, “That’s me!”
So, I took Blue Vervain for the first time. I could immediately feel stress in the nerves relax, which in turn led to my neck, traps and shoulder muscles releasing, the places where I tend to hold tension. No joke, immediate effects. I used up a bottle of Blue Vervain Spagyric Tincture quickly and got a few more.
I felt it was amazing for transitioning from work mode to stopping work for the day. I felt it was great for relaxing after a hard workout. It also came in useful for getting in the mood from time to time (those times when I was stuck in my head for whatever reason…and not the one that was useful for the act).
All these reasons and more (my wife would agree on it being an herbal ally for her too) made me say we’ve got to start carrying this herb. And so we did.
That’s an herbal ally. If you’d like, I will share more of my herbal ally stories in the future. Reply back and let me know.
In the end, there’s only one way to find your herbal allies. You’ve got to seek them out and try many things. And hopefully, this article has helped you to have some ideas of what to look for.
Rooting for you to find your allies,
Logan Christopher and the Lost Empire Herbs Team