Most of us are aware that herbs can have great medicinal benefits and in many cases are much better for us than prescription drugs. Just the fact that they are natural should tell us a lot. Not only do they work well as preventatives, but they are also very helpful once we already have a cough, cold, sore throat, itch, rash, etc.
As I always make sure to say, herbs can’t replace conventional medicine in life threatening situations. But they have proven very affordable and effective when it comes to the prevention and treatment of day-to-day health problems including headaches, bruises, asthma and many more ailments.
Now, the purpose of this blog is not to try to convince you that herbs are good for us. You and I already know that. The purpose is to make sure you are purchasing your herbs from someone you trust.
You can get your herbs from big retailers such as GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, etc., if you want to, but I’d recommend being careful about that. Here’s why. Recently in the state of New York, those four major retailers were told by the attorney general to stop selling some of their store-brand herbal supplements. Why? It turns out an investigation showed they contained ingredients not listed on their labels, some of which could expose users to serious health risks.
And that’s not all. In addition, 79 percent of the products tested had no DNA of the plants listed on the labels or were contaminated by other material including rice, beans, pine and what. SEVENTY-NINE PERCENT! It would have been bad enough if it had been 10 percent, but that’s basically four out of every five!
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “This investigation makes one thing abundantly clear: the old adage ‘buyer beware’ may be especially true for consumers of herbal supplements.”
So, if you’re going to purchase vegetable seeds and herbs – which I highly recommend –get them from someone you trust.
It’s a bad feeling when you think you’re being ripped off. Have you ever had an experience where you thought you might not have really gotten what you paid for? Let me know what the circumstances were.