In this day and age when health care costs are soaring and prescription drug use is on the rise, many people are turning to a simpler time, and a gentler way of healing their ailing bodies. These same people know that our bodies have the ability to improve or even heal themselves naturally, given the right environment and circumstances, but natural healing methods complement and support the body’s own natural defenses, and are an alternative method to standard medicine.
Natural healing with the use of herbal medicine is, and always has been, a great source of remedies for almost any health issue or condition that is typically addressed through the use of modern medicine. Just as our ancestors and all those who came before us did when they had issues with their health, people the world over are going back to consulting the plant world for time-proven cures – herbal remedies that have truly stood the test of time.
Experts in herbal healing take their craft very seriously and know the properties of each plant. They know what each of many herbs can be used for and in what form it should be administered. The truly proficient can combine two or more herbs for a more complex therapy, advise on the frequency of the dose, and suggest additional behaviors to facilitate the best results.
Fields all over the earth have been dedicated to growing healing plants for health purposes. This horticulture is highly specialized to ensure the harvest is made up of a single crop. Many are grown organically. Some plants that are grown will have their leaves and flowers dried and made into teas and infusions. These serve as a popular and easy way to ingest herbs. Others will also be dried and then ground into powder. This powder is then put into capsule form and bottled.
Other crops are grown to become essential oils, which are the essences of flowers, stems or leaves. This form of herb is perhaps the most versatile since it is in a concentrated liquid form. They can be applied in many ways, though are less used internally since they are so potent. Absorbed through the skin, essential oils are highly effective as pain and itch relievers on specific parts of the body. Some are antiseptic and antibacterial. Used in a carrier oil, such as almond oil, they work well during massage. Their sweet, aromatic qualities make perfect sleep aids, and mood enhancers and, of course, air fresheners.
Anyone wanting to take part in this timely form of medicine should become educated on the subject of natural herb medicine. Hundreds of books and periodicals are available and retail providers can be found in tons of sources on the web and in local specialty shops.
As a part of a healthy lifestyle, which includes restful sleep, clean water, exercise and a whole food diet, natural herb medicine just might be the final key we’ve been looking for to live longer, healthier, pain and disease-free lives.