Herbalism, which is herbal medicine refers to the medical treatment by which plants is the source of healing. Herbal remedies differ from pharmaceutical medicine, which is synthetic drugs molded on original plant extracts, and herbal medicine is plants used in its natural state. This belief by herbalist that the whole plant organism is in a state of balance, and used in this form is therefore healing to our bodies.
The herbalist takes a case history about you, your family, stress, weakness, emotional well-being, exercise habits, diet and recreation. The examination is very similar to the general practice of the medical community. However, the herbalist in-cooperates alternative methods for healing such as, acupuncture, chiropractor and kinesiology. The aim of the herbalist is for the body to heal itself and herbs are carefully selected with this in mind.
Some healing herbs are:
Chamomile: A calming herb. I drink chamomile tea at bedtime. It relaxes me for a good night sleep. the tea soothes the digestion and cures insomnia. The cream or lotion of this plant is also good for inflammation of the skin.
Rosemary: this herb is a tonic and an anti- inflammatory . The infusion is good for headaches, cold and colic. It can be applied to the scalp for dandruff. I use rosemary quite frequently to wash my hair and it is quite soothing to the scalp.
Peppermint: this herb is good for headaches, indigestion and nausea. It is also helpful in easing menstrual cramps. I love peppermint tea for healing my headaches. Whenever I get a headache, I drink the tea and massage my temples, I can tell you it works all the time to ease my pain. I never resort to taking synthetic drugs such as advil or aspirin, to name a few.
Comfrey: This herb is known for healing wounds, bruises, and painful joints. It also helps with skin disorders, psoriasis and eczema.
Thyme: helps in treating coughs and bronchial infections. This herb is helpful for infections of the urinary tract. I use thyme in my cooking to give the food an aroma that is pleasing to the taste.
Dandelion: helps to boost the kidney and liver. The leaves contain large amounts of vitamin K. This plant is excellent in your salad.
For many generations, these healing herbs, were used in the homes to treat ailments, instead of running to the medical doctors who would then prescribe synthetic drugs to heal you. Herbalist considers the disease, stems from an imbalance between a persons physical, psychological and spiritual needs. The aim of the herbalist and of the plant remedies is to rectify it.
We must begin to utilize natures gifts in healing our bodies. When we begin to get our physical, mental and spiritual needs in alignment with our bodies, we are then a healthy human being. Therefore, get your act together, and when its not, start using healing herbs to help you become well again.
Lets begin the practice of utilizing healing herbs for our well-being and become one with nature.