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HERBALISM

What is Herbalism? The use of plants and plant extracts to stimulate and restore the body’s natural healing ability is known by a variety of names: Herbology Medicine, Herbalism, Phytotherapy, Botanical Medicine, etc.  Herbs help 3 important functions: digestion and assimilation, sleep, and elimination. Through Herbalism, plants & herbs serve as an alternative health medicine to prevent & treat illness.  An easy way to bring healthy, fresh foods and nutrients into your daily life is by growing an herb garden; organic herbs and plants should be an essential part of your diet.     For thousands of years, plants have been a primary source of alternative health solutions and therapeutic medication for cultures all over the world. Sumerians in the middle east utilized herbology therapies over 5,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians realized the benefit of herbology treatments by 3500 b.c. and the Chinese by 2500 b.c. Ayurveda medicine utilizes many herbs and plants dating back to 2000 b.c.  By the middle ages, herbology therapies continued to be used and The Canon of Medicine was published in 1025 a.d. listing over 800 plants, minerals and drugs.  With the invention of printing by the 15 century, many herbal healing publications were created. The first herbology medicine publication in English was the Grete Herball in 1526. By the 18th century, herbalism had grown with herbology medicine publications in Latin, Greek and English.     In the modern era, according to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 80% of the world’s population uses herbology treatments as alternative health solutions.  Herbology medicines are grown throughout the world at a fraction of the cost of modern pharmaceuticals.  Herbal remedies are very common throughout Europe and are sold alongside prescription drugs.  Traditional Chinese medicine is long known for using herbology therapies and according to thinkquest.org, herbology medicine has been chosen by the World Health Organization for worldwide propagation to meet the health care needs of the 21st century. The modern healthy lifestyles of today are learning to include herbology therapies and other alternative health practices as part of a holistic approach to life.   We hope you have learned more about Herbology as an alternative health medicine. Visit All Things Healing online today to read about alternative health practices, herbal medicine information & herbal medicine articles.  

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by Katy Lowe, MH

We all have them and for many it can become repetitive - like a cycle that you can't seem to break. 

By all means talk to your doctor if you feel you are seriously depressed - but know there is help available for those days when you feel blah and just can't shake it...

 

Editor´s Note: Half of the world live in a Hot Sunny location and the other half feel the dread of Cold Gloomy days. But it doesn't really matter where you live because so many people suffer from depression in one way or another. In figuring out the cause it is always beneficial to examine what is going on in your life. Are you at an age where your hormones are dramatically changing? It is also important to take note of what you are putting in your mouth as certain foods can affect our mood for better or worse. Lastly, not to be overlooked is Vitamin D, which we can naturally get from spending at least 15 minutes each day in the open air. Even amidst the clouds there is always the sun kissing us.

 

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by Dr. Akilah El

Lavender flowers have long since been used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Until World War I, lavender was used to treat and disinfect wounds. For centuries, English farmers would place lavender flowers in their hats to prevent headache and sunstroke. Women would place sachets of lavender in their closets and wardrobes for fragrance..

 

Editor's Note: Lavender is a bushy aromatic shrub with medicinal and culinary values. This ornamental plant is usually grown for its essential oils. Check out this article to know more about it.

 

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by Christopher Hobbs

Holistic treatment for insomnia is multifaceted and incorporates many techniques including herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle changes, improved sleep hygiene, massage therapy, behavioral therapy, meditation, diet, exercise, hypnosis, acupuncture, relaxation, guided imagery, and homeopathy. A treatment approach is aimed at precluding all the potential causes of insomnia rather than simply providing symptomatic relief...

 

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by Katy Lowe, MH

Admit it, there is so much information out there in regards to Menopause.... however, when talking about Perimenopause symptoms, I feel like I'm sitting at the top of a roller coaster asking myself how I got up here, clinging with a vice like grip - all wide-eyed and facing the unknown.  I seem to be stumbling over yet another experience as I move through this point in my life...

 

Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: It can be confusing for many women when they experience hormonal changes of menopause in their life. Katy Lowe helps us to see that it is not abnormal to have little or no real knowledge of the list of possible symptoms that could be caused by this time in their life. For years women have suffered in silence or just took a hormone pill. I can remember a turning point for many during an episode of All In the Family where Edith opening talked about changes her body was experiencing. In modern times Alternative Therapies has definitely paved the way for change.

 

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Editor´s Note: Herbal Therapy has many different uses which can be used internally as well as externally on the body. The skin is the largest organ so whatever goes on it is absorbed in it. The same principle applies if you use cosmetic, chemical products, or cleaning supplies because once absorbed they can cause a negative impact to your immune system. Herbs in the form of Essential Oils can be mixed without any adverse effects to the body. Use eco-friendly products when cleaning your home.

 

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Editor's Note: Got mullein? In this video, herbalist Susun Weed discusses mullein as lung remedy, saying it holds the "original message" for how lung cells should behave. She gives the straight-infusion method of making it, but adds that, traditionally, the water infusion was combined with milk – and shares where the idea that milk causes mucus.

 

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Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: This was such an emotional story for me because I have lost so many dear friends and family members to the killer disease cancer as many of my readers has also. However, one thing that I must reconcile from Evita Ramparte's bravery is that cancer can be a journey or a death sentence. It is your ultimately your choice but at least be open to options. After all it is your body and no will take care of it but you. Integrating a healthy diet and alternative therapies with the use of Herbs helped to ameliorate her condition. The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself on a cellular level if given what it needs to do so.

 

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by Katy Lowe, MH

I had been feeling rather blah, hey it happens - perhaps some of it winter blahs...but I knew it was more than that.  I know I've talked about things to do when feeling depressed and this is similar but another take on what you can pinpoint, just for you! I was feeling minimal motivation, going through the motions of my day, even my days off - then I really knew something wasn't right!!  I hate to waste a day off...

 

Editor´s Note: Everyone gets the blues from time to time. But how do you recover? Find that sparkle in the little joys of life. Katy shows us a FREE way to enjoy our day without sacrificing to much time and it happens as soon as you step outside your door. Inhaling the fresh air can clear your mind, help you to reflect and renew you!

 

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Editor's Note from Leigh Glenn: Mostly called basswood in the United States, Tilia spp. is known as linden or lime among herbalists and in Europe. Woodworkers like the wood. The heart-shaped leaf is a clue to its use as a heart-support herb. The leaves and flowers are used for teas and tinctures. I like to make an infusion -- one ounce of dried to one quart-sized jar of boiling water, letting this steep for at least four hours. Here, Green Deane wildcrafts some of the fresh leaf to make a salad.

 

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by Max Drake, BSc (hons) Herbal Medicine

Fenugreek seeds are both hypoglycaemic and hypocholesterolaemic, meaning they can help in regulating blood sugar and in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, both of which are highly desirable, particularly if you are fond of sugary foods and grains in general...

 

 

 

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Editor´s Note: Tongue diagnosis is a method of observing the surface of the tongue and looking for any discoloration of particular areas. It is a science that allows the practitioner to examine the state of the digestive system-from the stomach to the anus. Called" Zetsu Shin" in Japanese, tongue diagnosis is one of the most important forms of diagnosis in Chinese medicine.

 

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by Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)

I work full time as a teacher, parent twin toddlers and my elderly father has just moved in with us. I drink a lot of coffee, but I feel tired all the time. I am concerned that I might be more susceptible to getting sick. Do you have any herbs that can give me more energy and keep me healthy?...

 

Editor´s Note: Herbs have many benefits to the body after they are consumed. The main function of an adaptogen is to normalize or to correct what is wrong within the body so that it can work as it should.

 

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The Gift of Plants:

by Suki Roth

In our quest to hold herbalism up to the scientific eye, trying to mold it into a clinical science, we have lost touch with the very essence of herbal healing. It is not the clinically tested, standardized medicinal constituents of the plants we need for vitality and balance, but their more obscure, subtle properties. They have an innate ability to offer us the soothing relaxation, gladdening, quieting, emotional defrosting and grounding our over stimulated minds and tired spirits are so much in need of right now.

 

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