Herbalism is the art and science of skillfully collecting, preparing, and utilizing herbs to support the body towards wellness. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through out human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. It has persisted as the world’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time, with a written history more than 5,000 years old.
Western Herbal Medicine supports the healthy structure and functions of the body. By preventing and treating illnesses, herbal medicines are taken to promote vitality, balance, and longevity. The strength of botanicals lies in their capacity to support and nurture the body’s own healing capacity.
Herbal medicines come in all forms: fresh, dried, chopped, powdered, capsule or liquid. They can be used in various ways including:
- Swallowed internally as pills, capsules, powders, or tinctures
- Brewed as tea and syrups
- Applied to the skin externally as poultice, oils, lotions, or salves
- Added to bath water
While there has been an increase in the distribution of off-the-shelf herbal products, the assistance of a professional can help guide you and better understand herbal use. An experienced herbalist can help make sure the herbs used are appropriate for you and your needs. Concerns you may have regarding possible interactions with pharmaceutical medications can also be addressed by consulting an educated and experienced practitioner. The self-care nature of herbalism empowers you to care for yourself and better understand and care for your body.
**Herbal Wellness is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. All pregnant women must talk to their doctors.