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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by Leigh Glenn

With a renaissance in herbalism, there are now many must-have books, no matter one’s level of experience with plants. Here’s a list of some favorites, with brief descriptions...








by Leigh Glenn

My first experience with poke (Phytolacca americana) was in my teacher’s back yard in central Virginia, in early fall my first year of herbal studies. She wanted us to do a plant journey. In our process, we sat with whatever plant we felt calling us, observed it, drew it, and then tasted part of it, before “journeying” through meditation on what it had to offer...


Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: Important note to our readers: Poke may be a restricted herb in some places. In Canada, for example, it is only sold to qualified herbalists who have signed a dangerous botanicals form. As always, it's important to keep in mind that not all plants are suitable for all people. Some people, for example, are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family and do not tolerate chamomile. When in doubt, get more information. Know the cautions and contraindications of the plant and adhere to them.



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.



by Katy Lowe, MH

Whether it's starting for the first time or needing to 'reboot' a health regime that doesn't motivate you - I find keeping it simple helps me to get on a path that feels good to make a routine.

Begin with something that feels 'easy' is always a great way to introduce change into your routine...


Editor´s Note: Change can be very frightening for some people but if we adopt small changes first then larger ones won't seem so difficult after all. Life is full of changes, as we age our bodies change rather we wat it to or not, it is then that we must look for preventative methods so that we can ride the roller coaster of life with ease and adaptability.



by Brigette Mars

Brains will sprout new connections between cells as long as the environment challenges or stimulates. The saying, “Use it or you lose it” applies to brain power as well as other aspects of our lives. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers the brain uses to communicate...


Editor's Note: The brain is dependent on glucose to function properly. There are several exercises to help sharpen your memory: (1) take mental pictures, blinking your eyes as if they are the lenses to a camera taking a snapshot of your environment, (2) group items together, (3) link the new with what you know and (4) learn to relax, stress and anxiety can make it harder to remember.



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.



by Susun Weed

There is more than one choice between modern Western medicine and alternatives. There are three traditions of healing...








Editor's Note: In this video, Herbalist Nicole Carter demonstrates the recipe of an effective, instant, kids cough syrup using safe herbs that kids love. Try this!




Editor´s Note: Today, aloe is one of the most widely used herbs in the United States. I don't know of any home that doesn't have a aloe plant or grew up with one in the house. It can be taken internally as well as externally. An all around miracle herb. Studies show that aloe juice may help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and speed wound healing in diabetics.



by Ashish Paul

Fenugreek is also known as Methi or Methika in India and is found as a small and a big variety. The small variety has been used as food for humans whereas the big variety is used in animal fodder and is called ‘Metha’. It’s widely grown all over India especially in north regions of Punjab and Kashmir...


Editor's Note from Jaime De La Barrera: Therapeutic dosages of a medicinal herbs will vary according to many individual factors such as: age/constitution of the individual, weight, herb constituents/toxicity, type of condition, and desired therapeutic effects amongst others.


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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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