What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word herbs? Weed? Maybe CBD? Well, my friend those are two beautiful gifts from mother earth, but there are sooooo many more that we can reap benefits from in the form of medicine. According to Craig Hospital, the definition of herbal medicine is, “The use of natural and biologically based practices, interventions, and products to treat a variety of physical or emotional conditions. “ This same source states that The World Health Organization estimated 80% of the population of the world and 30% of the US population uses herbal medicine as part of their health regimen. These stats show that most people in the world not only have explored these methods of healing, but have continued this usage. Not only are herbs administered in their pure form, but they are also active ingredients in popular pharmaceutical drugs such as codeine, quinine, and morphine according to healthline.com.
Personally, I prefer this path for healing, as well as spiritual work. As we all know the pharmaceutical industry is BIG business. In fact, according to statista Americans spent $358.7 billion on pharmaceuticals in 2020. That is RIDICULOUS! Mind you, all of these medicines have side effects, often leading to one having to buy yet ANOTHER drug. MADNESS. All of the illnesses that we experience can be cured by herbs straight from the Earth. Let’s give thanks for that! When the seasons change, I don’t stock up on cold and flu medicine. I grab some elderberry, and black seed oil to keep my immune system strong. When my daughter has trouble sleeping, I rub a little lavender oil under her nose to relax her. If I feel stress building up, I use lemongrass or lavender to decompress. The options are truly limitless when it comes to the usage of herbs.
There are a number of herbs that you can easily obtain from any natural food store. These include Gingko, Turmeric, Evening primrose oil, Flax seed, Tea tree oil, Echinacea, Grapeseed extract, Lavender, Chamomile. Click here to learn more about these herbs. Let me know in the comments how you feel about herbal medicine. Check back next week for another piece to bring you peace.