HERBAL REMEDIES FOR HEALTH
What are herbal remedies? How do they help us?
Can we really use them?
First, what is an herb? They are, simply, the plants all around us. They grow in our yards, in our gardens, around fence posts, really just about everywhere.Herbs nourish all of the systems of the body. They provide us with cures and treatments when something is wrong. Herbs are a nourishingfood source. They are even used in cosmetics and beauty products.One of the greatthings about the herbs from which herbal remedies are made is that they are part of nature and allow us
to be one with nature. As we spend time learning about the herbs, we draw closer to God's creations.
Since the world began people have been intimately connected to the medicinal plantsaround them. They used herbal remedies in their everyday lives. Our Western cultureand Western medicine, though good and necessary, have severed our connection withnature and natural remedies.
When we learn about herbs and how they influence ourbodies we also learn that a major part of our everyday healthcare can come from thenourishment and health giving gifts of the plants.
There are different categories of herbs and herbal remedies, and learning what they are is extremely important.
- Nourishing Herbs. This is a group of herbs which we will use most often. They make delicious herbal tea and infusions.They are as safe as organic vegetables you buy at your local food co-op and are oftenmore nutritious.
The first two that I learned about in this category were nettles (yes,the burning, itching nettle that grows close to water) and oatstraw. I have really cometo love these two gentle herbs.
Others that I know and love are plantain, burdock, dandelion, chickweed, and red clover. Spearmint and peppermint are also loves of mylife. I guess there are lots that I love!
- Gentle Medicinal Herbs.I love these, too. These are the gentle herbal remedies that we use when we feel a littleunder the weather or have indigestion, etc. Obviously peppermint and spearmint can gohere, too, as well as herbs like chamomile and elder flowers. I use many of these herbs in infused oil and salves.
- Stronger Medicinal Herbs.We use these herbs less often, saving them for:Echinacea, skullcap, burdock and golden seal are a few of these.
- Potentially Dangerous and Poisonous Herbs. Obviously herbs that we stay away from. They are herbs such as fox-glove and poison hemlock. No herbal remedies here!
Now, what are herbal remedies? These are the things we make out of the herbs.They are cold remedies, teas, decoctions, herbal infusions, salves for dry skin, sore muscles, and insect bites, tinctures, cremes, luxurious baths, etc.
Next Question: How do we get the herbs to work with?
- Well, the
really fun way is to learn how to wildcraft - to go out and find your own. If you choose to do this be certain that you correctly identity the herb you gather as some have look alikes that won't work and may even cause harm.
Use three photographic plant books to help you identify them,and go with someone who knows the plant.
good way is to grow your own. This let's you be in control. You know for sure what you are
picking. You know what kind of fertilizers and pest control has been used on the plant.
You have no worries about causing endangerment to any of the plants. Good choice.
Let me introduce you to
Mountain Rose Herbs.
They carry medicinal herb seeds. They also grow herbs, and are both
conscientious and passionate about their work, and when they import herbs they use very
strict quality control. They also have great prices.
- Another good choice is to purchase dried and packaged herbs
from a reputable company that you know has very high standards. Again, the one that I love is
Mountain Rose Herbs.
- The next choice is to purchase your products already made. This is a good choice
as well if you don't have time or interest to make your own. And you guessed it,
Mountain Rose Herbs
even carries some of these.
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