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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Editor's Note: Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, is a good plant for healing skin, though its power to regenerate needs to be respected. In this video by HerbMentor, you can learn how to make a comfrey poultice. Comfrey is another great herb to have in the garden, not only for its medicinal qualities, but also because it's a dynamic accumulator that brings minerals and nutrients up from the soil, making them more available to other plants, but also because it attracts pollinators and can be made into a compost fertilizer for other plants in the garden.

 

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by Anke Bialas

Many pet owners are using herbal medicines and alternative remedies for their animals. Before you run off and give Rover some complicated potion you spent hours brewing, it may be an idea to have your vet check your pet to make sure there are no serious underlying causes...

 

Editor's Note: This article by Anke Bialas provides herbal remedies for ailments of your pets, which help them to lead a healthier and happier life in a safe and natural way.

 

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Editor's Note: In this video, Rosalee de la Foret demonstrates an easy, inexpensive and simple recipe of making a herbal facial scrub at home. Try this and give your skin a complete makeover!
 

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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: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica, Urtica urens) is such an amazing plant that it should be featured in every herbalist's garden. It's a tasty food, useful in a variety of remedies, and can even be used to fertilize other plants in the garden.
 

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Reviewed by Michael Williams, PhD,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

This is another in a series of highly-informative and enlightening books from the folk at Singing Dragon. In this one, author Stefan Ball explains the principles behind Bach Flower remedies—how they work and what they can do for you...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Singing Dragon Press continues to publish informative guides to alternative and complementary medicine and healing systems. In this review, Co-editor of Therapeutic Storytelling Michael Williams reports on author Stefan Ball's Principle of Bach Flower Remedies.

 

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by Christopher Hobbs

Women have known for thousands of years that physical and emotional symptoms related to their menstrual cycle occur. They recognize that the mood swings, depression, sweet cravings, bloating, headaches, and other cyclic symptoms definitely have something to do with hormonal changes that occur during the cycle...

 

 

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by Dr. Akilah El

A Rose hip is the fruit of a rose. The wild dog rose is the type of rose most often cultivated for their hips. This plant grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white, very fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed, and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations...


Editor's Note:
Rose hip/Rose haw is the fruit of the Rose plant, which is known for its fragrance and beauty. Rose hip is a red or orange colored berry. They are usually used to prepare jams, jellies, stews, sauces, puddings and breads. The Roman writer Pliny recorded 32 disorders that responded to treatment with rose preparations in AD 77. Read on.... to know more about Rose hip.

 

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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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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 Dr. Akilah El

Selection is based on ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing chemical vapors, and transpiration rates...


Editor's Note: The results of a NASA clean air study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration & Associated Landscape Contractors of America suggests that indoor plants filter and cleanse the air by removing toxins. Hence it is very necessary to grow plants for a healthy living.

 

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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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