Herbal medicine is an ancient form of medicine used all around the world in a variety of ways. Modern Naturopaths have the advantage of looking back on the use of plants in many different cultures, and integrating them into our treatments.
These days we have access to herbs from China, India, and just about every country in the world. However I tend opt for herbs that are local and/or sustainable when possible. I believe that an important part of keeping our bodies healthy is keeping our planet healthy.
The Most Common Herbal Extracts:
Most of us have had a cup of peppermint tea to help digest a large meal, or have given our child some chamomile tea to help calm them when they are upset. Medicinal teas with a little honey added are a great way to give herbal medicines to children.
These use alcohol or glycerin as mediums to extract active constituents from herbs. This is a great method to get a strong dose of an herb quickly and easily.
Pills are made of encapsulated herbal powders, and these are often an easy and cost effective way to take herbs.
Topical applications can utilize herbal extracts in oils, creams, and salves, and are great for a variety of conditions from diaper rash to mosquito bites to eczema.
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