Why Use Herbs?
Throughout the ages, plants have served a multitude of uses for human survival. Ethnobotany – the study of plant lore and agricultural customs – has provided us with rich evidence of the ways different cultures have traditionally used plants to feed and nourish, house and clothe, inform and educate, and treat and heal bodies and spirits.
Today, people are increasingly using natural remedies for health and healing. More than 30% of the U.S. population has recently used one of the many alternative therapies, which include herbal medicine.
An evening cup of chamomile tea can help you slow down and ease you to sleep. A cup of peppermint tea can soothe a stomachache, while a mug of warming ginger can lessen nausea.
Another sign of the changing times is the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) – a standard reference book found in most medical offices that describes all available chemical prescription drugs – has recently issued both an herbal medicine edition and a family guide to natural remedies.
Learn how to choose and use natural remedies, how to make teas, oils, salves, and tinctures.
Recipes for herbal aids include:
- Making an Herbal Tincture
- Making an Infused Oil
- Soothing Calendula Skin Salve
- Calming Chamomile Bath Bags
- Echinacea-root Tea
- Lavender Headache Compress
- Breath Easy Peppermint Steam
Table of Contents:
- Why Use Herbs?
- Choosing and Using Natural Remedies
- Ten Essential Herbs
- Lemon Balm
- St. John's Wort
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