Herbal healing begins long before we drink a medicinal tea. It begins before we even pick the tea. Herbal healing begins when we decide to gather our own medicine. This decision empowers us and initiates the healing process. Once we step out into the fresh air, all our senses open, and we can find our plant. It is a hunt. To be successful, nature demands we listen to her and disregard our woes. We must follow clues, track ecosystems, venture into new places, breathe deep, and ease our spirits. Since early Neanderthal man, plants have been used for healing purposes. Even as modes of medicine changed throughout the centuries, plants continued to be the mainstay of country medicine as methods and ideas on plant healing were passed down from family to family, and within communities. History is studded with fascinating plant discoveries from primitive cultures, and some of these discoveries have even changed history and medicine.
Thus tribes, clans, villages, towns, sometimes entire countries, tended to have similar styles in healing. Most of these plant remedies were based on local discoveries and pass-along uses, so it is always interesting to note how many plants are used in exactly the same way. Chamomile, for instance, is a digestive aid throughout the world. Herbal medicine continues to be a growth area. Herbal medicines consist of whole extracts of plant parts (for example roots, leaves) and contain numerous potentially active molecules. Like any medicine, it is important to use herbs with care. Many of the herbs presented in this website are foods that are in your refrigerator, or on your kitchen shelf. Some are also slightly more esoteric flowers, plants, leaves, barks, berries or roots. Many of these plants can be grown by you in your own backyards, and some will respond to window sill gardening.
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