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.  

What is Herbalism
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One of the world's top herbal authorities, Mark Blumenthal, advises us on how to get the most out of natural remedies ranging from aloe vera and ginger to slippery elm and elderberry.



Herbalist Roy Upton discuses the legal issues facing herbal practitioners.


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

Each season nature gives us important clues as to what is happening within our bodies and how to best adjust to the changes that are happening in the external environment. Ignoring the lessons of one season can make it harder to adjust without experiencing the illnesses and health issues associated with that season. Learn the types of ailments you are more susceptible to during spring, and how you can use nature to guide food and herb choices as you move into summer.



by Jaime De La Barrera, ATH Co-Editor of Herbology

Herbalism is a respectable profession and has been for thousands of years. It actually laid the foundations for modern medicine, botany, pharmacy, aromatherapy and chemistry. Unfortunately, due to our fascination with technology and other reasons, Herbalism was relegated to an empirical and semi-magic art.


Thanks to these conditions, more and more people have started to seek other ways of treating their ailments, rediscovering complementary medicine which has created the renaissance of Herbalism. Herbs, Herbalists and Herbalism are now in vogue and to meet the demand of the herbal renaissance, there is a growing number of highly trained, well educated herbalists...




Among the rich diversity of plant life in the Amazon, there is an amazing array of fungi, which have largely been under researched or not researched at all. Miguel shows Amy how to treat a simple ear infection with Sicochupa or Agoutis tail mushroom...


by Susun S. Weed

Hawthorn is the tree of May. Its many common names include whitethorn, hagthorn, ladies' meat, quickthorn, maytree, and mayblossom. Its magic and medicine are ancient and memorable. From the earliest records, hawthorn is one of the sacred trees...





by Dr. Sonica Krishan,

ATH Co-Editor of Herbology

The herb of Mint belongs to the family Labiate and the Latin name is Mentha spicata. Being hot in potency and also robust by nature, this simple green, leafy salad article bestows health and wellness virtues...





An Interview with Susun Weed
by Randy Peyser

Susun Weed, an herbalist in upstate New York, teaches a 30,000 year-old course of study called, "The Wise Woman Way," via workshops, correspondence courses, and live-in apprenticeships. She has written "The Wise Woman's Herbal," a series of book about women's health issues, including one called, "NEW Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90..."




Monica-Jean makes a year’s supply of Elderberry tincture for the whole family in just five minutes….for far less than store bought and much more fun, economical and empowering too. Elderberry tincture is excellent at soothing sore throat, easing cold and flu symptoms, also as prevention of illness in winter months.



by Janice Nadine Richards

Diabetes is one of today’s most significantly growing and frightening health problems in the United States. Almost 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and up to 57 million are considered pre-diabetic. Fortunately the good news is that by practicing a few healthy lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can be regulated and frequently reversed...



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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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