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Practice Herbal Medicine as a Healthy Alternative to Synthetic Medications


Many traditional medicines today are very dangerous and too overly prescribed by doctors. Everything is rushed out the door and approved by the FDA because every drug that makes it onto the pharmacy shelves or into the doctors cabinet is money in their pockets. It would be wise to start looking toward alternative medicines and natural remedies. If you have an open mind and the willingness to learn about herbs and the body's natural healing process, you are sure to reap the many benefits of natural healing. You are not alone, there are many herbal practitioners to look to for advice.

Herbs aren't just used for cooking! Since the beginning of time, people have used native plants for medicinal purposes. With all of the pollution and chemicals that corporations infuse into our foods today, going back to our "roots" so to speak is a wonderful option! So, what exactly is natural medicine? Natural medicines are combinations of natural ingredients used to promote wellness and healing without the dangers of introducingsynthetic additives into the body. An herb is a plant or part of a plant that is used for its scent or its therapeutic properties. Herbal products are dietary supplements that are very popular and useful. Many people take them to improve their health either as a sole medicinal cure or to supplement their other medicines. They are sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts, tinctures and fresh or dried plants. However, some can cause health problems and some may interact with other drugs you are taking so you have to consult your doctor or an herbal practitioner if you are taking any medications in conjunction with herbal supplements.

Herbal products are not always safe. Just because they occur naturally, doesn't mean there are no risks associated with them. These are potentially very powerful medicines and need to be used with caution. Depending on where and how you obtain them, they may be contaminated with any number of things. They can cross pollinate to contain toxic plants, contain estrogens, steroids and pesticides. The safest way is to either buy certified organic herbal products from a trusted source or to grow your own herbs from organic seed.

There are many websites that sell certified organic seeds online. One very nice site is seedsavers.org. They are made up of over a thousand farmers who grow trustworthy crops and harvest heirloom and organic seeds. These are pure and non hybrid so they will yield crops forever as long as planting directions are followed. They will all be healthy and pure and free from pesticides.

Fun Fact: Did you know that many tomatoes that you buy from the supermarket are fused with fish genes? I don't care if that helps them survive a frost...that is gross!

There are many ways to administer herbal supplements: They can be used according to instruction and type of herb in the form of tinctures (mixture of herb extract and alcohol at least 80 proof), teas (boiled aerial parts or roots), macerates (cold water and chopped herbs for an extended period of time), syrups (herbs and honey), or as a topical.

I am not a doctor but I do know quite a lot about health as well as current affairs and I strongly recommend everybody to learn at least a little bit about home remedies. There will come a time where traditional medical advice and treatments will not be available to everybody. Don't leave yourself helpless. Take the initiative to learn so you can prosper and play an active role in your health and well being and control what happens to your body.

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