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Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

Herbal Remedies

Herbs are a gift from nature. They include leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers. They have been used for thousands of years to help maintain good health.  

Since the dawn of time, people have turned to plants for medicine. For more than a million years our ancestors have lived with herbs. They cooked with them, healed with them, scented their bodies and sanctified their prayers with them. In fact, until this century, plant medicine, mingled with faith and luck, was just about the only medicine. Then came laboratories, scientists in white smocks and host of powerful tablets and injections that grabbed the spotlight from leaves, roots, bark and berries. As dreaded diseases were conquered, many gentle and time-honored natural remedies were all but forgotten.

Now things seem to be coming full circle. Many people, seeking alternatives to the cost and side effects of synthetic medications, are turning back to herbs for all kinds of ailments.

Recent research shows that some herbs offer powerful medicinal benefits. Herbalists abroad are the most dynamic and progressive. The Orient and Europe, especially Russia, has an army of scientists and practitioners preoccupied with world medical plant research.

Russian Botanists have over 17,000 classified higher flowering plants, of which about 2,500 are used in the preparation of effective medications.

There are two terms used by  herbalists, they are: Rational Therapeutics describing herbal medications which have a proven scientific course of action within the body, and Empirical Therapeutics describing herbal medications which have unexplained but long established benefits. Both methods of calculating medicinal benefits have provided a wealth of invaluable knowledge.  Many herbal ingredients have great value and strength.  Herbs can be powerful medications and should be used with knowledge and caution. 

The beneficial properties of herbs as medicines, among other things, will often depend upon the greenness or ripeness of the plant.  The time for cutting and digging is essential to the strength of its known attributes.  Whether it is summer, winter, spring or autumn, the timing must be in accord with the plant’s protocol.  For instance, Cascara, or Sacred Bark, after it has been stripped in the proper season from the tree and made into a powder or tincture is more valuable and effective with age.  Nettle is a good food in its earliest stage of growth, but will prove unpleasant with age. 

The environment in which a plant is grown is also critical to its medical qualities.  If a plant is indigenous to the locality or country wherein it is found, it is the proper one to select.  Plants that are transported to other countries are often lessened, or deprived of their virtues, unless their new home meets all the essential conditions found in their native place.

It is apparent that herbs suffer from incompatible soil, climate, etc. These conditions will significantly vary the medical properties attributed to them. Medicinal Herbs need to be gathered at the correct time and prepared properly in order to restore a patient from disease to health.

.  The parts of herbs used for therapeutic purposes are:  Roots, Barks, Twigs, Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, Styles, Stigmas, Fruit seed Juice, Tubers, Herbs, Leaves and Flowers. 

Some theologians claim all herbs have a (teleological) identification given by the Creator, and have been called “The Doctrine of Signatures”, which indicate the use for which they were intended.  Thus, a heart-shaped leaf should be used for the heart, the liver leaf, with its three-lobed leaf, for the liver, the walnut as a brain tonic, and so similar shaped plants were named for specific organs of the human body.  They say in the beginning the resembling plants were planned for our associated awareness, the remaining encouraged by experience.  If this is how it was indeed planned, the Indians of all lands displayed noteworthy wisdom before ever a word had been written. 

From the first method of analyzing herbs to present-day techniques, much insight has been obtained as to their content.  Most is still unknown.  Natural medicine is timeless, it is as old as creation and as new as today.  Today the future is promising with all of our scientific “modern discovery of forgotten truths”. 

Click on a letter to see pictures and individual herb information with folklore usages.

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Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.