A City Girl’s Guide to Herbal Cures

you're never too busy for a tincture!

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The first days of fall always signal a fresh start, even if you aren’t returning to school. The changing of the seasons reminds us of our connection to the natural world, as the days get shorter, the air starts to feel cooler, and farmers market offerings change. What better way to celebrate the season than by getting deep with nature?

“Herbal medicine has been part of me for as long as I can remember,” says Jovial King, co-founder of Urban Moonshine, a brand offering a beautiful range of herbal tonics. “I love plants, flowers, and the wild, mysterious beauty of nature. I feel empowered by reaching into my medicine chest of teas, tinctures, oils or by walking to the garden and harvesting herbs.”  

Even us busy city dwellers can experience this feeling of empowerment and benefit from the magic of plants—if we take a little time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. How about a potion to calm us on a crowded subway when we’re late for an important meeting? Or one to help cure us after a night of Margaritas? This and more is all at our fingertips.

According to King, a good first step for anyone interested in an herbal medicine practice is to purchase a great teapot or strainer and to pick up a few good reference books. There are many wonderful herbal medicine guides out there, and several feature illustrations and step-by-step instruction. Check out your local bookstore, but in the meantime you can start your new life as an urban herbalist today with our research findings—even if your window garden isn’t quite blooming yet.