Since before humans had written words to record what we were doing, we have been using plants to help us feel better. We have eased pain using meadowsweet and willow bark (precursor to contemporary mass-produced aspirin). We have eaten garlic to cure yeast infections and get rid of parasites. Women have made tea from raspberry leaves to help relieve menstrual cramps; black cohosh is often helpful for hot flashes and prolapses. Herbalism is folk medicine, used by countless grandmothers to relieve their families' tummy aches, soothe ear infections, bring down fevers and help the little ones sleep at night.
Green Thumbs Massage is about honoring Nature and helping people feel better by connecting with these amazing plants. Clients may choose to enhance their massage experiences with aromatic and otherwise helpful herbs.
Certain higher-end spas offer standard, pre-mixed herbal packages for an additional fee. At Green Thumbs Massage, herbs are a complimentary part of each session. All herbs are custom-selected for you based on how you are feeling when you arrive for your massage. We look for medicinal plants that can support you both physically and emotionally.
- Herbal teas, primarily gentle nervines like oatstraw and lemon balm, which people tend to find comforting and grounding. Relaxing mentally and emotionally can help the body relax physically as well.
- Infused massage oils homemade by your massage therapist using traditional therapeutic herbs that are known for relieving pain, calming the nerves and helping muscles respond more quickly to bodywork.
- Essential oils, which are highly concentrated forms of medicinal plants that can be used for their emotional/aromatherapeutic benefits as well as their physical qualities. Laboratory scientists are now confirming the anti-viral, anti-fungal, circulation-enhancing properties of essential oils made from favorite plants such as lemon, lavender and rosemary. (If you use essential oils at home, please be safe: Use tiny amounts, remember to dilute, and avoid taking them internally.)
- Flower essences, which work on a subtle, energetic level that no scientist can quite explain (although quantum physicists may be getting close). People find that they can use just a couple of drops, just a homeopathic dose, to make them feel better emotionally. Flower essences can be used for emotional support, helping people enjoy more happiness, ease and fulfillment in their lives. This can also translate into relief of physical symptoms.