Thomas, Paul and I set out to gain resilience using the natural resources found wild in Portland. The first step we took was to research herbalism too see how it has been used and continues to be used in today’s society. This helped us understand the basics of the practice and got us familiar with certain terminology. After doing this research, we started brainstorming and planning to make our own teas and use herbs in various ways.
First we identified what herbs we wanted to work with. St. John’s Wort (seen above), Lemon Balm, and Hawthorn (seen below) were the herbs we decided to use. Their anti-anxiety/anti-depression properties are what we were trying to target most. In a high-stress situation, the tea could be extremely useful and potentially save lives. Making herbal tea is also very easy. Just pack desired dried herbs into a tea-bag and then let steep and cool in boiling water. The benefits of herbal tea are as wide as herbs themselves. Between the thousands of species, you can truly find a cure for just about anything.