In my last post I said
“I’ve also noticed that the temperature conundrum is also common to
many mint family plants, as is their strange tendency to be called
simultaneously stimulating and sedating.” (it’s so much fun to quote myself).
But then Great Lakes herbalist Jim McDonald (http://herbcraft.org) commented to me that a better way of understanding this supposed conundrum is to realize that stimulation “refers to bolstering the body’s vital force” and that relaxing/sedating “is acting not on the vital energy as much as on the resistance to the free flow of that energy in the body.” Jim says that a good visceral way of understanding this is “vigorously scratch your head; it relaxes that tension and stimulates circulation and energy.”
So no more condundrum! Those smart Mint family plants, I knew they knew what they were doing…
But what about the simultaneous hot & cold energies?