Equinox Thoughts On Balance & Amphoteric Herbs


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We’re discussing the notion of amphoteric herbs today, because it’s the Spring equinox and we’re thinking about balance. The term amphoteric is orginally a chemistry term meaning “having characteristics of both an acid and a base”. Herbalists use the word to mean an herb that has a balancing activity, one that is capable of acting in ways that seem opposite, depending on the context in which it’s taken.

But to understand how amphoteric herbs could be balancers in this way, first we need to investigate the concept of balance a little bit. What does it mean to find balance, or stay balanced? What does it mean that we’re all seeking balance? How can the experience of building physical balance skills teach us about finding mental & emotional balance? And of course: how can herbs help us find it, and maintain it?

Herbs discussed include: tulsi, bladderwrack, nettle, chamomile, solomon’s seal, ashwagandha, licorice, calamus, hawthorn.
We’ve been thinking about balance a lot lately – not just because of equinox, but also because we’ve been working on our Musculoskeletal Health course. If pain, tension, or stiffness are inhibiting your balance, herbs can help! This course covers our favorite herbal musculoskeletal remedies and strategies for combining herbalism and movement practices to get results. You also get access to our twice-weekly live Q&A sessions, so you can connect with us (Ryn & Katja) directly!

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