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.  

What is Herbalism
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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: This video is about the therapeutic uses of the herb Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra,explained by expert - Dimple Singh Bindra.This fantastic herb acts as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflamattory, anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, expectorant, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, estrogenic and emmenagogue.

 

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by Dylan Warren-Davis, MNIMH,

Whilst still a student of herbal medicine in London in the late ‘70’s I was invited with my mother, Ann Warren-Davis, FNIMH, who was only one of three herbalists in London at the time, to the pre-opening of my brother’s night club in South Kensington...

 

Editor's Note from Dylan Warren-Davis: Questioning the conventional scientific view of herbs.

 

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by Stella Byrne,BSc (hons), MNIMH,

When I first started practising herbal medicine in South Wales 35 years ago, I was struck by my easy acceptance...

 

Editor's Note from Dylan Warren-Davis: There is currently a growing trend in biotech companies trying to grab hold of key medicinal herbs and patent them.  However it is important to see that herbs belong to the culture that has traditionally used them and that they belong to their common heritage of the people, this is why it is important to respect herbal knowledge within the culture from which it has evolved.  A Welsh Herbal presents the herbs used within the Welsh herbal tradition.

 

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Editor's Note: Rickvanman explains the basic principles and procedure of preparing an infused oil with herbs and also states the difference between Essential Oils and Infused oils. He makes it easy.

 

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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 from Milan Perry: 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 Marion Mackonochie,

As an herbalist, I normally administer herbs as alcoholic tinctures or teas. In some situations, such as when the person taking the herbs needs lots of hydration or the relaxing effect of a hot drink, a tea is more appropriate...

 

 

 

 

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by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC
ATH Co-Editor of Herbalism

Detox means to give new life, vitality or vigor to. Excellent words to describe a spring cleanse. Using ingredients to give your body a boost and get ready for spring or summer activity. Especially if you are planning a wedding, you can do a detox 5 months before the wedding just before the final dress fitting. You don’t want to lose weight after you have had your final fitting...

 

 

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Editor's Note: Milky oats—oats picked in the milky stage—and oatstraw are considered nervines and are specifics for someone who’s exhausted from stress or prolonged illness. Oats are also considered nutritive, and so may be too sweet for some and too damp for those with kapha constitutions. If doing something I know to be inherently stressful (e.g., a long drive or something mentally taxing), I like to make an infusion of milky oats—about 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of hot water. I usually make a quart and drink it throughout the day. Herbalist Susun Weed also suggests oatstraw baths to provide bone support...

 

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by Susun Weed

Your garden. What fun - and frustration - await you there! The best mentor you can choose, as far as I'm concerned, is Nature herself. Nature likes life everywhere. Have an open field and plants magically appear! This is the way plants grow when left to themselves. We don't have to struggle so much...

 

 

 

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by Marion Mackonochie

It’s the time of year when we are surrounded by new growth and I’ve already been spotting useful plants flowering all around. I live in the middle of a city, but just taking my son to school this morning, I walked past at least five great plants that I could pick to use for food or medicine...

 

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by Paula Grainger BSc (Hons), MNIMH

The saying ‘Borage for Courage’ comes from a belief that Roman soldiers took the herb before heading into battle. I don’t know whether that’s true, but it’s informed my prescribing on a number of occasions, I really do feel this herb can help people when they are unsure whether they can face the task ahead. I feel there are many aspects to Herbal Medicine...

 

Editor's Note: Borage (Borago officinalis) is known for its beautiful blue flowers, which are often used to adorn summer cocktails. But did you know it has medicinal uses too and may be just the herb next time you are feeling stressed and fearful?

 

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by Milan C. Perry HHP, MH, NC
ATH Co-Editor of Herbalism

So many women are a victim of this disease but we don’t have to stay a victim. If you are African American, you’re at at risk of heart disease and stroke partly because this ethnic group have a higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity...

 

 

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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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