Herbs & Balance

A balanced diet is the key to optimal health.  But what is balance?

According to Michael Tierra, author of The Way of Herbs, balance is obtained by consuming foods predominately from primary and secondary food groups, whole grains, protein and vegetables, from sources non-processed and as close to nature as possible……..

When imbalance leads to malfunction, Tierra suggests conditioning the body with herbs and moving back into balance with proper food preparation, planning and consumption….herbs can be incorporated into the diet, providing nutrients in a form close to nature, more whole and pure. The whole form of herbs is key to compatibility in the body because all the constituents of a plant are meant to work symbiotically. By extracting and isolating different chemical constituents, food supplementation takes on the face of pharmaceuticals, risking an end product that does more harm than good. The sum of the parts is simply far less than the whole.


Tierra states that the herbs highest in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, are the seaweeds, docks, dandelion, parsley and alfalfa.  The following formula suggestions can be found in depth in his book:

The simple seasoning is a combination of herbs, spices and seaweed powders. It can be easily blended to fit one’s culinary needs, and offers a convenient way to add valuable nutrients to the diet.


one part each of some culinary herbs–such as garlic, parsley, watercress, sweet basil, oregano, marjoram or thyme

one part of the seaweeds–kelp and dulse powder

one part of the medicinals– rose hips, comfrey and nettles

then capsicum to spice…..and to finish off the blend, add one-quarter part each of the roots, powdered dandelion and burdock.

Tierra’s mineral formula requires a little more preparation, the herbs must be simmered before use. It uses an equal amount of the following herbs- parsley root and leaf, yellow dock, nettles, irish moss, horsetail, comfrey root, watercress and kelp. The formula is made by decanting the herbs in water, twice, and combining the strained liquids with an equal amount of blackstrap molasses. The resulting syrup is high in iron, calcium, silicon, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, iodine, zinc, magnesium and trace minerals, thus good for all deficiency conditions.

Both remedies offer a versatile and fun approach to herbal home therapy, a step beyond your average cup of tea.