Natural Home Remedies: Introduction
The dictionary defines Herbal Medicine as…. “the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants; herbalism. Remedies and medicines made from plants.”
Herbal medicine stretches back to a time when science, philosophy, and spirituality were intertwined in a way they no longer are today.
In a time that medicine studied plants and their medicinal properties were truly appreciated.
This is the knowledge that we allowed to pass as science moved beyond plants and bio-medicine arrived on the scene.
Of course, we should be grateful for the improvements in medicine, but that doesn’t mean that herbal medicine should have been left behind.
Before you attempt to embark on using herbal medicine in your own life, you should always carry out research. You should take a look at published work, clinical studies, and trials.
Plants are complex, and while there are many herbs that will support your health and protect you from illness, there are also herbs that will negatively impact you.
Certain herbs are safe for ingestion, while others might be more appropriate as a topical application. So, it’s vitally important that you have a working knowledge of what is and isn’t safe.
Plants have been used to treat illness, injuries and protect wellness long before history was being recorded. Our ancestors used vegetation to eat and cook with, to cover wounds, as poultices, and beyond.
In fact, according to Dr. Ciddi Veeresham, a professor at India’s Kakatiya University, around half of the drugs that the FDA has approved over the last 30 years are derived from plants (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560124/).
There is still much to be gained and learned from herbal medicine. Let’s return to nature and we’re going to start with the basics.
Remember, you should consult with a professional before using herbs as medicine. A professional will be able to help you use the right herb, the right way, for the right issue.
Herbs are powerful things, and they can interfere with certain medications, always ask your doctor.
It’s particularly important for anyone who may have an existing condition, be pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medications for high blood pressure or blood thinners.
If you are unsure, it’s always best to consult a professional.
You can get started by growing your own herbs, whether it’s in the yard or on your windowsill.
If you’re looking for an easy place to start, then perhaps the formula for digestive bitters is where you should begin.
When you use these bitters before eating it will improve your digestive function.
Another easy place to start is with mint to make your own tea. Mint is easy to grow and it’s equally simple to make your own tea.
It’s always wise to start off simple as you will experience a boost in confidence when you succeed in the early stages.
You don’t want to attempt anything too ambitious, lest you scare yourself off entirely. So, start off with your tea and bitters and then you can branch out to tinctures, a maceration or decoctions.
Of course, if you want to get started right away, you will need to go purchase herbs from the store. You can start getting a bit of practice into creating your own herbal remedies, so you don’t have to wait for them to grow.
Additionally, it’s important to always label your herbal medicines. You might think you’ll remember what ingredients you’ve used, but it’s always best to note a full list of ingredients, as well as the date that you made it.
It’s wise to follow best practice in these types of situations as it’s your health that we are talking about.
Are you interested in herbal medicine? What will you make first?
~~ As you can see, there are plenty of home remedies that can take care of just about any ailment you are likely to experience.
Some of them come directly from nature, while others require a bit more ingenuity.
Regardless, you can make use of what's already in your home without rushing off to purchase expensive over the counter products or treatments.
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