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What are Herbs?

Botanically speaking, an herb is an herbaceous plant with a non woody stem. However, when herbalists speak of medicinal herbs, they are basically including any plant that can be used in healing.

 

How are Herbs Used?

  • They are used most effectively for the countless non-emergency health problems that arise in day to day life. For example; simple first-aid situations, headaches, colds, joint pain, fevers, flu, bruises, bumps and chronic illness.

  • They can be taken as herbal capsules, herbal tea, tinctures, eyedrops, syrups, and applied onto the skin as a compression or poultice.

  • Plants DON’T cure illness, they play a great role in PREVENTING them.

  • They are rich in nutrients, contain immune boosting organic chemicals, and are nature’s supreme preventative remedy.

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Dosage and Duration of Herbal Treatments

Dosage varies according to the size and weight of each person. However, other factors such as a person’s sensitivity to foods and herbs, overall health, and the particular condition or health issue. One of the most important factors is whether the condition is acute or chronic. 

  • Acute problems are short term, come on quickly, have aggressive symptoms, and respond quickly to treatment. Some of these are toothaches, fever, nausea, stomach distress, headache, menstrual cramps, cuts, scrapes, and wounds. It is best to drink a tea, take a medicinal syrup or use a tincture more frequently in a smaller dosage than taking larger amounts in fewer times. For example, instead of drinking 1 cup of tea for two to three times a day, you would drink ¼ to ½ a cup every half hour until the fever or symptom subsides. 

  • Chronic conditions usually develop over a period of time due to lifestyle choices and/or genetic factors. Herbal and other natural therapies are ideal for treating chronic problems because they address the foundational or core issues that cause the problems while modifying or eliminating the symptoms.

  • Meanwhile, pharmaceuticals generally address the symptoms only and can often make the actual problem worse. For every year you’ve dealt with this, do a month of herbal treatment. Take breaks from the herbal program to give your system a break. Perhaps do this once or twice a week, then resume and continue on doing it daily.

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Conventional Medicine vs. Natural Medicine

  • Conventional medicine is great for treating acute illness and can often provide temporary relief to the symptoms. Such remedies can be of comfort to someone under an asthma attack or oncoming migraine.

  • However, symptom suppression, while necessary when it needs to be, hardly address the root cause of the illness.

  • Meanwhile, herbs and natural therapies are the best choice for constitutional wellness because they address the root cause of the illness.

  • When we think of chronic or long-term/recurring issues we can find their root cause in our lifestyle choices, environmental conditions, and/or genetics. 

  • These are typically disciplined through lifestyle changes that include dietary changes, herbal remedies, getting better rest, balancing relationships, being in nature, and getting outside more.