Living in California, I am well-acquainted with the seemingly endless stream of smoke and anxiety that fire season brings. And for this reason, I’m also well-acquainted with using herbs for fire season.
In this season of heightened uncertainty, knowing how to tend to my body with herbs allows me to not only care for my physical health but also my mental health — it gives me a sense of purpose and stability amidst the uncertainty.
There are three main ways I like to work with herbs for fire season:
- Hydrating and nourishing tissues, which can get irritated and dried out from the smoke
- Soothing my nervous system
- Gently supporting my body’s detoxification pathways
And here are 5 of my go-to herbal remedies for fire season…
Marshmallow Cold Infusion
Marshmallow root is rich with mucilaginous polysaccharides, which form a nourishing slime that coats and hydrates sensitive mucosal tissues. This mucilaginous root can also relieve a dry, smoke-induced cough. If there’s smoke in the air, you can bet I’m sipping on a glass of marshmallow tea throughout the day.
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion root supports healthy liver function. The liver plays a large role in processing toxins. So supporting the liver allows the body to more efficiently handle any toxins in wildfire smoke — which is why dandelion is one of my favorite herbs for fire season.
Feeling anxious? Too stressed to sleep or eat? Chamomile soothes the digestive system and nervous system and promotes restful sleep. The honey in this syrup also soothes dry, irritated tissues in the mouth and throat. This is a tasty remedy for adults and kids alike.
St. John’s Wort Oil
Have you tried massaging your whole body with an herb-infused oil? Oiling your body can relieve muscle tension and relax your nervous system — this is especially true for St. John’s wort infused oil, which has an affinity for the nervous system. Plus, topical oil applications can act as a barrier against potentially harmful smoke particles in the air.
The stress of fire season can have a huge impact on digestive health. Under stress you may experience loss of appetite, constipation, or loose stools. Bitter herbs can help regulate your digestion so that you can get the nourishment you especially need during this stressful time.
However you care for yourself, I wish you safety and wellness during this season and beyond.
Now I’d love to hear from you…
What are your go-to herbs for fire season?
Let me know in the comments below.