In a recent blog, I talked about an old-school way to promote health and healing – medicinal herbs. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of different herbs have been used for a wide variety of illnesses, ailments and injuries for something like 60,000 years, and they may be more accepted and more popular today than ever before.
Following are seven benefits of medicinal herbs:
They’re safe. On rare occasions, an herb will produce a negative side effect for a particular person, usually involving an allergic reaction. But overall, side effects are much less common than they are with pharmaceutical drugs.
They’re inexpensive. Pharmaceutical drugs almost always cost a lot more than herbal supplements. Savings become much greater when you grow and harvest your own herbs and then create your own infusions, decoctions, salves and tinctures.
They’re tasty. Many of the medicinal herb teas that can be made from plants are so delicious that people drink them just for their taste. The fact that these teas have healing properties is an added benefit to them.
They’re easy to grow. It’s not necessary to earn a degree in botany or horticulture to successfully grow and harvest plants that provide health benefits when blended into teas or used in salves or tinctures. Anyone with an interest and space for a garden can do it.
They promote self-reliance. Rather than wait until we get sick and then visit a doctor, herbs give us the chance to practice preventive medicine and then treat minor ailments and injuries without visiting physicians.
They help you help others. The more you learn about herbal remedies and experience first-hand how they’re helping you, the more information you’ll be able to provide to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
They work. Herbal remedies have proven to be effective for as long as humans have existed. The fact that many of today’s pharmaceutical drugs have their roots in plants shows that people who have been using them for their healing properties have been on the right path all along.
If you use medicinal herbs for either preventative purposes or to treat illnesses and injuries, have they worked for you? Which ones have you used? Have you ever grown any of them in your garden? Hope to hear from you about this.