Green Thumbs Massage
Renew yourself with therapeutic massage and the magic of healing plants

Traditional herbs at home

Many Green Thumbs Massage clients find that, over time, they become enthusiastic friends with the herbs that help their bodies function more smoothly and with less tension. For instance, stinging nettles tea is a nutritious diuretic; oatstraw tea is great for calming those frazzled nerves.

If you enjoy the herbs offered during your herbal massage session, you may want to try brewing your own teas or adding your own essential oils to your personal self-care routine.

It's ideal to grow or wildcraft these herbs yourself, because that's the best way to really get to know a plant. But you can also purchase them from a store: Look for fresh, vibrant-looking herb material sold in bulk, even if you're buying just a couple of ounces. Often, herbs sold in boxes and packaged in tiny teabags are not fresh enough or packed in sufficient quantity to give you the results you're looking for.

Another option is online purchasing, which can be particularly convenient when the seller provides handy information on each herb. However, not all herb suppliers have the same standards. A reliable company to check out: Mountain Rose Herbs at
for quality products and general customer satisfaction.

 If you're interested in really getting to know certain herbs and deeply bonding with them, you may want to invite them to live at your house (if they haven't moved into your yard already). An excellent source for medicinal herb seeds is Horizon Herbs at

Deep thoughts

Green Thumbs Massage is committed to helping clients heal physically, emotionally and spiritually by reconnecting with our allies in the plant kingdom. We 21st century humans, with all of our techno-gadgetry, can become so discouraged and disconnected from the healing Earth sometimes: We have a deep hunger to remember our place within the natural order of things.

Consider the influential physician Paracelsus (a.k.a. Swiss-born Dr. Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 1493-1541). Paracelsus was the first surgeon to use anesthetic (opium), a visionary who presented the novel idea that a wound would heal itself if only it were kept clean.

Paracelsus was a man ahead of his time, a healer who saw a relationship between the spiritual and material worlds, and a connecting link through the power of nature.

Herbalist and homeopath Matthew Wood profiles Paracelsus in his book "Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy and Flower Essences." Among his research findings, Matthew offers this quote:

 "As long as man remained in a natural state, he recognized the signature of things and knew their true character; but the more he diverged from the path of Nature, and the more his mind became captivated by illusive external appearances, the more this power became lost." — Franz Hartman, "The Life of Paracelsus and the Substance of His Teachings," 1887

Tension in our muscles reflects tension in our lives. But here in rural Iowa, Nature is all around us. Nature can help us relax and deeply heal. As the wise old grandmother fairy Magi Lune in the movie "Fern Gully" advises: "Remember, the magic of all creation exists within a single, tiny seed."

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