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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Editor's Note from Leigh Glenn: These lovely ginkgos! Cor Kwant, a school teacher in Amsterdam, offers a labor of love on her Web site, which is dedicated to Ginkgo biloba, one of the ancient ones. Our suburban ginkgos are now costumed in gold, holding their leaves and waiting for a signal, which Kwant highlights here in this poem by Howard Nemerov, who twice served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

 

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Editor´s Note from Milan Perry: Amanda helps her audience to understand that herbs have a broad range of constituents that works to counteract dysfunctions within the body. They are not a one size fits all since in botanical medicine each individual's formula is created uniquely for them.

 

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by Susun S. Weed

Snow is beautiful. Each snowflake unique. Each a miniature Mandala. Each one a slice of a six-sided crystal. And every snowflake, like a quartz crystal, is vibrant and vibrating. Snow is magic. Everyone feels it. Experiment this winter, with using the crystalline energy of snow...

 

 


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Editor´s Note: This video may anger you or awaken your sense of knowing that there are options. But truth be told voluntarily self-poisoning should not be accepted we have choices in our healthcare. Each therapy has it's benefits and this video, this journal nor myself does not encourage abstinence of visiting a qualified  medical professional. They serve their purpose just as alternative medicine has a purpose. Both compliment the other.

 

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Editor's Note: Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett gives us a helpful guide to identifying Witch Hazel (Hammemmalis virginiana) and how to use it for first aid and to refresh tired eyes.

 

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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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by Jim Spalding, MH

Some of the most common diseases in the U.S. are classified as autoimmune disease. As you recognize, some of these diseases can cause disability. Our lives may never be the same. You may or someone you love may suffer from them. During my almost three decades of pharmacy practice I saw many people suffering with these diseases...

 

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by Leigh Glenn

This year in the Mid-Atlantic, the two elderberries (Sambucus canadensis) that guard our front yard and entryway were so abundant that I almost could not keep up with harvesting. Drying presented other issues. I’m accustomed to letting the berries dry on racks with good air circulation provided by fans. But with all the rain, high humidity was constant, so I ended up dehydrating most of the berries in the oven on low heat...

 

 

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by Jo Dunbar

In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative Study was abandoned early because the experimental results showed that HRT increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 26%, raises the risk of stroke by 41%, and the risk of heart attack by 29%. Recently 20 – 30% of women have stopped collecting their HRT prescriptions due to media coverage of these risks, and many might wonder whether there is a safe and effective alternative?...

 

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by Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
and Garren M. Brannon, RD, LDN

Food and herbs can help you adjust to autumn, often one of the most challenging seasons for many people to weather without allergies, colds, and respiratory issues. Our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves are tuned to the rhythmic cycles occurring in the natural world. Understanding how autumn affects us can help us adjust to this season with fewer illnesses and a greater sense of vitality and health. 

 

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by Anke Bialas

Making your own hair products from scratch is not as big a job as you might think. Treating your tresses with Mother Nature’s bounty is a great way to pamper yourself and to let your hair recover from the rigors of modern life...


Editor's Note: Would you like to have strong, long, soft, shiny, beautiful and healthy hair? Are you interested in preparing a herbal shampoo at home? It is very easy. Wondering how? Check out this amazing article.

 

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by Jo Dunbar

As we approach the season of chills, colds and flu, it is prudent to bear in mind that last year Tom Jefferson wrote in the esteemed British Medical Journal that he found little evidence to support the flu jab's merit in treating this virus. This article discusses how you can successfully avoid the common cold using natural kitchen remedies...

 

 

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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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