Herbal Support for a Broken Heart

Heartbreak spares no one. Sooner or later, we all get to know that particular emotion which, for us, might show up as sadness and despair, or anger, or numbness. Our heartbreak might show up in the body as sleeplessness, a lack of concentration and focus, diminished appetite, or even physical pain.

Our herbal forebears were no strangers to heartbreak. In the mid-17th century, Robert Burton published an epic, multi-volume text, The Anatomy of Melancholy, drawing on a range of disciplines, including medicine. In it, he pointed out that melancholy is not only grief, but can also encompass sorrow, fear, shame, envy, anger, or a desire for revenge—and that botanicals were one of the best ways to support a broken heart. More

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