Between this pandemic and the causes of it, one thing is certain: old habits die hard. But there is always hope for change in our behavior. A wise ‘use’ of nature can contribute to our well-being without disrupting its balance. Well, that is an easy thing to say in the complicated world that we are living in. Imagine a citizen in the last pandemic (1918), compared with this one. There are so many different choices to make in our daily lives, which is sometimes good, but more often difficult for us. It is truly so hard to choose the good ‘old-fashioned’ altruistic action for the well-being of everyone on this planet. To do the good deed.
But the good thing we now have that helps us make the right choice, if you are willing to try to choose wisely, is that information is easily accessed via the Internet. The next generation’s education will not consist only of raw knowledge. Knowledge will be used for changing attitudes and behaviors through problem solving education. Regarding the use of herbs, knowledge about the ‘healing properties’ of plants is accessible to all. The behavioral change towards using them, is a more complex matter. Understanding science is a matter of choice, and now we need it more than ever.
The respiratory system is the basis of our existence. Without oxygen, there is nothing we can do. Among the many plants that help promote good breathing, hyssopus officinalis in not so well known. We probably have seen it in a garden as a bee-attractive flowering plant. But its bitter leaves with mint flavor are ideal for cooking and help your respiratory system in cold weather, helping with sore throats, fever, and coughs. Adding a pinch of dried hyssopus in a nice soup or stew is ideal during the cold nights when you are not feeling so well. Even an herbal tea with chamomile and hyssopus can be a nice combination for a good night’s sleep. But be careful and do not drink too much because its ‘power’ can cause narcotic, hallugenetic, or toxic side effects. Always consult your medical advisor but also read official resources for your health and ‘good behavior’ toward your co-citizens and the planet.
* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.
Evropi-Sofia Dalampira is an Agriculturist-MSc Botany-Biology and PhD Candidate in Agricultural-Environmental Education and Science Communication.