Botanical Medicine

"The wonderful strength of phytotherapy lies in the nurturing, toning, and gentle plants." -David Hoffman

Medicinal Herb Safety

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  • Medication Interactions, Cautionary Plants, and other Risk Factors of using herbal remedies.

 -Plants Are Medicine-

Plant medicine is an ancient, complex tradition that has its roots in many diverse perspectives of how plants affect the human organism. Many cultures acknowledge the subtle, energetic effects that the plants around them provide. This generational wisdom is still respected and used worldwide for many common ailments.

 

Modern science has revealed many of the active plant compounds that are responsible for the therapeutic effects that many wise women (and men) have known for generations throughout human history.

Although it is not necessary to understand the scientific inner-workings of plant compounds to effectively use herbal medicine, it does help to understand some of the ways plants effect the body to better define the best way to use an herbal plant for specific uses.

Common Plant Elements 

  • Vitamins

  • Trace Minerals (Magnesium, zinc, iron, etc)

  • Amino Acids (Protein building blocks)

  • Enzymes (Breaks down nutrients into usable forms)

  • Aromatic components, (volatile oils, essential oils)

  • Tannins (common astringent substance)

  • Flavanoids (pigment components with many beneficial properties)

  • Terpenes (resinous biological building blocks with many actions and functions)

  • Plus many more incredible plant components that make healthy lives possible!

Plant Categories & Actions

Nutritives

Adaptogens

Digestives

Tonics

Detoxifiers

Immune  Boosters

Hormonal Harmonizers

Relaxants

Expectorants

Astringents

Emollients

Bitters

Nervines

Demulcents

Diuretics

Stimulants

Gentle Strength

Experimenting with medicinal herbs can bring about many wonderful healing effects when they are used in the right way. Certain plants are able to harmonize body systems, nourish the blood & organs, & assist in cellular regeneration.

Although herbs are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to a holistic lifestyle to achieve wellness & balance,  integrating supportive, regenerative herbs into the diet on a regular basis can often help to prevent illness and heal from many common ailments. 

 

Nutritive type herbal plants often benefit nerve conductivity, the relaxation of muscle tissue and can have an overall de-stressing effect. They provide essential nutrients and promote optimal function of body systems.

Many commonly used herbs and spices have potent anti-oxidants, increase digestibility of foods and can help calm inflammation and irritation of the digestive system. 

Medicinal herbs need not to be exotic or expensive to be effective. Gentle, nourishing plants that accumulate their healing potential over time should be treasured. Their ability to balance body systems by nourishing the cells, organs, tissues, and glands, contribute to greater health, increase vitality, and resistance to illness.

Ways to use Medicinal Plants

Herbal Infusions/Teas/ Decoctions (water extracts of medicinal components)

 

Syrups

Vinegar Extracts

Alcohol Tincture

Capsules

Hydrosols

Creams & Lotions

Eating and Enjoying

Syrups

Medicinal Honey

Wine Infusion

Fermentation

Soaks & Herbal Baths

Salves, Balms, Liniments, & Poultices

Finding Wellbeing

Other ideas for keeping well include...

Drink water consistently

Get adaquate amounts of sleep

Take time for relaxation

Reduce sugar intake

Consume less caffeine

Eat less meat

Practice meditation or deep breathing exercises

Decrease packaged food intake

Decrease inflammatory food intake

Increase phytonutrients

Increase Omega 3 fatty acid intake

Practice yoga, qi gong, or tai chi

Get massages regularly, or some other form of therapeutic bodywork such as shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, reflexology, etc.

Herbal Safety

If you are planning on using  herbal medicines for

 

Child, in Pregnancy, for any Serious Health Condition, or if you take any Medications

 

Please click here for more information regarding the safety and usage of medicinal plants.

About Me

 

Herbal Apprentice, Sustainable Foodist, Mother, Writer, Musician, Backyard Medicinal Herb Farmer

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