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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Dr. Baljot Bharaj, MS (Ayu), is an Ayurveda Consultant with specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Kayakalp Ayurveda. She is trained in Kereliya Panchkarma. Her endeavour is t...
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by Christopher Hobbs

Although primarily used in South America, guarana--called "Zoom" by some due to its familiar stimulating effects--has infiltrated the American health food market. This herb derives its name from the Guaranis, South American Indians, who used the preparation in various foods, much in the same way we use chocolate. Seeds from guarana are shelled and dry-roasted, coarsely powdered, mixed with water and/or cassava, and kneaded into a paste. The paste is then shaped into cylindrical masses and dried...

 

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by Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)

Because Mother's Day always falls during the beautiful, fertile time of spring when we can cultivate our gardens, herbs make a perfect gift. Even if your mother is not a gardener, there are sure to be a presents of herbal products just right for her...

 

Editor´s Note: Who doesn't appreciate a wonderful gift that shows someone you were thinking of them. Sharing herbs in the form of starter plants is and excellent way to introduce your loved ones to our world. Herbalist Merry shares with us so many wonderful ways to offer herbs, essential oils, products such as scented soaps and if you are feeling creative DIY craft for a luxurious relaxing bath infusion.

 

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by Jim Flocchini

As I walk the ground I live on, as an herbalist, I am reminded of the responsibility I have to take care of the Earth. One of the ways I feel I am able to care for her is by the way I harvest and care for the wild plant communities that I gather medicine from...

 

 

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Editor´s Note: Most people are familiar with the tall green Chives which are related to onions, but they then to have a much milder flavor. The slender, reed-like, and bright green stems can be snipped (always use kitchen scissors) over potato salad, stir-fry, egg dishes, soups, or vegetable casseroles. Once they are mature the pale purple flowers  aromatic flower heads can be gently taken apart and added as a garnish to foods or added to cooked foods at the end. Yes, they are edible too. It grew from the ground making it a whole food!

 

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by Tim Moorhouse

This is wonderful plant that produces beautiful bright golden yellow/orange flowers throughout the growing season. It has a very long tradition of medicinal and culinary use stretching back to the Romans and Greeks...


Editor's Note: Tune in for the next 3 Fridays to learn how to sow the seeds, how to pot them on and harvest the flower, and how to make a Marigold Healing Balm.


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Editor's Note: If you've never heard of mycologist Paul Stamets -- or have heard of him, but not heard him talk -- pull up a chair and check out this video from TEDTalks. TED requires that speakers present in about 18 minutes, and Stamets -- whose brilliant talks I've attended have never been less than an hour -- comes through. Stamets, author of Mycelium Running, appears in this 2008 TED Conference video without his famous Agarikon hat, but he summarizes and highlights many amazing facts about mushrooms.

 

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by Chandana Deekshith, BAMS, MD (AM), FCR (India)

The herb Asparagus belongs to family Liliaceae and the Latin name is Asparagus racemosus. In Ayurveda, it is called as Shatavari (one who possesses hundred husbands and also that which cures 100 diseases) and Shatamuli (plant with 100 roots). Shatavari strengthens the female reproductive system, enhances female fertility and maintains health of women...

 

Editor's Note: Asparagus is a climbing shrub which can be grown in any good garden soil. Shatavari kalpa, a well-known Ayurvedic formulation of Asparagus is used to treat an array of ailments especially used as a galactogogue. And it is available in market as granules and gives good results if taken with milk.

 

 

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by Susun S. Weed

Green blessings surround us. Herbal medicine is people's medicine: free, simple, and accessible. Connect with the plants and you'll find yourself in love with the earth and your own wild nature. You don't need human language to learn about plants; when you live with the plants, they speak to you in your dreams and whisper in your womb...

 

 

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by Merry Lycett Harrison, RH (AHG)

The young bud or branches boiled in ordinary broth, make the belly soluble and open; and boiled in white wine, provoke urine being stopped, and is good against the strangury, or difficulty of making water; it expelleth the gravel and stone out of the kidnies and helpeth pain in the reins: and boiled in white wine or vinegar it is prevalent for them that...

 

Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: Tonics help to nurture the body and enliven all of the systems. They work to provide nutrients for target areas of the body to enliven whole body systems.

 

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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...

 

 

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Editor's Note: This video is about the health benefits of the wonderful and amazing bark–Cinnamon, by Joan Loganeski. The Latin name of Cinnamon is Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It is a easily available spice in every household which is not only known for its aroma but also for its multiple medicinal uses.

 

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by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC

Cracking, peeling, itchy, parched lips and flaky skin. One of the things that I detest about winter season is always trying to get my dry skin under control. It seems as if it just absorbs everything you put on it. In my quest to reverse the signs of aging I have  found several natural techniques that has been my tried and tested staples which leaves my skin feeling soft and silky...

 

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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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