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What Is Herbology ? Back to top
Herbology is the science and art of using plants for healing. Since the beginning of time man has used plants as medicine. We still use medicinal plants or as they are known herbs as medication. In recent times synthetic chemicals took over from herbs in medical preparations but in the polluted world we live in people are turning back to herbal remedies as we search for ways to help ourselves naturally.
Medicine that is produced in a laboratory is unnatural to the human body although they can produce a rapid cure and are often life saving they can have adverse side effects, herbs have less side effects. Herbs do not just cure the symptoms they provide us with extra nutrition to help the body balance and heal itself. For example if you were suffering from a kidney infection the herbalist would seek to use several types of herbs to prevent toxins being absorbed, strengthen the kidney and increase the discharge of toxins out of the body. Herbology is about natural healing and nutrition a healthy body with the correct nutritional intake is able to heal its self and throw off disease much better.
Popular Herbs Back to top
Aloe Vera Internally, concentrated used as a strong laxative. Externally, the clear gel from the leaf, is used to treat burns, abrasions, skin injuries, and in cosmetic products. A juice made from the gel is used as a drink.
Asian Ginseng Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen ginseng's a general tonic. Adaptogens are herbs that increase the overall resistance to all types of stress.
Astragalus Used in traditional Chinese and East Indian medicine for its immune-enhancing and tonic properties.
Bilberry Bilberry extract is rich in purple/blue pigments having numerous benefits for the eyes and cardiovascular system. Bilberry extract is used as an antioxidant. Also used to help increase microcirculation by stimulating new capillary formation, strengthening capillary walls.
Cascara Sagrada The bark is used as a stimulant laxative, especially in cases of chronic constipation. The name.
Capsicum Internally, cayenne acts as a circulatory stimulant, induces perspiration, and is used to stimulate digestion. The hot principle in the oil of capsicum, as the active pain relieving ingredient.
Chamomile Used internally, chamomile flowers are antispasmodic, and used to relieve digestive upset. A popular remedy for indigestion, flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms, and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Often used for its mild sedative effects. Externally, chamomile extracts also are useful for inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes.
Cranberry Recent research suggests that cranberry helps to prevent urinary tract infections caused by E. coli bacteria, particularly in people with a history of recurrent infections. .
Dandelion The young leaves are widely used as salad greens and in tea as a natural diuretic. The roots are a mild laxative and promote bile flow and liver function.
Dong Quai Used a lot traditional Chinese medicine. It is mainly used in herbal formulas as a “female tonic” to treat muscle cramps and pain associated with difficult menstrual periods. Dong Quai should not be used during pregnancy.
Echinacea The leaf and root are mildly antibacterial, anti-viral, and used for wound healing. Thought to strengthen the body's immune system as well as prevention and natural treatment of colds and flu.
Evening Primrose Evening primrose oil contains essential Fatty Acids such as gamma linolenic acid found in EPO, are vital components of cellular structure. Also has been used to in the treatment of PMS.
Feverfew Has analgesic properties. It has been used for menstrual cramps Roman times. Also used for prevention and moderation of the severity of migraine headaches.
Garlic It is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, hypotensive and lowers cholesterol and fat in the bloodstream. Garlic is used as an remedy for cardiovascular conditions, especially high cholesterol and triglyceride levels associated with risk of atherosclerosis. It is also generally regarded as a preventative measure for colds, flu and other infectious diseases.
Ginger It has been used to treat nausea, motion sickness and vomiting. Ginger has a long history of use for all types of digestive upset and can be helpful to increase appetite.
Ginkgo Extract of ginkgo leaf increase circulation and has shown antioxidant activity, help with memory loss, and poor circulation. Ginkgo extract is also used for tinnitus, vertigo, and cold extremities.
Green tea and its extracts have also been used for improving mental alertness, aiding in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and protecting skin from sun damage
Goldenseal Goldenseal root has been used for its antiseptic wound-healing properties. It is also used for its soothing action on inflamed mucous membranes. Also a popular remedy for colds and flu.
Hawthorn Known in folk law as a heart tonic. hawthorn berry preparations are used by in heart conditions, like mild forms of angina.
Licorice It is soothing to inflamed mucous membranes; often recommended in treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, and also cough and asthma remedies. Licorice is used for in fatigue due to adrenal exhaustion.
Milk Thistle Known as a liver tonic. Silymarin from milk thistle has shown a protective effect against many types of chemical toxins, as well as alcohol. An extract of milk thistle is used to improve liver function, protect against liver damage and enhance regeneration of damaged liver cells.
Mistletoe Has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat seizures, headaches, and other conditions
Passion Flower Has mild sedative and calmative properties. Taken internally, passion flower is usually combined with other sedative herbs for various types of nervous conditions, including insomnia and related disorders
Peppermint Internally, peppermint has an antispasmodic action, with a calming effect on the stomach and intestinal tract. As a tea, extract, or in a capsule, peppermint is useful for indigestion, cramp-like discomfort of the upper gastrointestinal and bile duct, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammation or irritation of the gums.
Psyllium The main use of psyllium seed and husks is a laxative, especially for cases of chronic constipation. The seeds contain a coating of gelatinous material, which swells upon contact with moisture. This increase the movement within the colon, producing a bowel movement.
Saw Palmetto extract is a popular remedy for a condition common in men over 50 the enlarged prostate.
Senna Both senna leaves and pods are used as laxatives.
Siberian Ginseng Has been used as a general tonic and to reduce physical and mental stress. Used as a tonic to invigorate the body during weakness, and to increase work and concentration.
Valerian A sedative and effective in conditions of anxiety, insomnia, and nervous irritability.
Vitex Used for menstrual disorders by women. Extract of vitex is a plant preparation which adjusts the monthly menstruation cycle on a natural basis, and causes premenstrual discomforts to subside or completely disappear.
Witch Hazel The astringency of the leaves and bark makes witch hazel a popular ingredient for various skin conditions as well as bruises and varicose veins.
How to Use Herbs Back to top
Treatments can b taken internally or applied topically, herbs are dried to make to make several different types of preparations.
We are all told time and time again about the need for a healthy diet, proceed foods, and the mineral depletion in soil coupled with the use of chemical fertilizers means even healthy looking foods could be short of minerals, especially iron, zinc, chromium and selenium. Minerals are vital to our health women need about 18mg of iron a day the easiest way to ensure you intake of vitamins and mineral is through taking daily supplements.
Grow Your Own Herbs
Grow herbs in your garden or in pots on your window shelf, they are easy to grow, you can cut and use them fresh whenever you like. They taste great in food and add to the nutritional value. Try parsley and mint.
Safety Back to top
Many herbal products can cause side effects. Herbs are not necessarily safer than medicines just because they occur in nature, many plants are poisonous and they aren’t necessarily natural to the human body.
Herbal health products can affect the way the body processes prescription drugs, your medicine may not work properly. If you are going to have surgery, be sure to tell your doctor if you use herbal products.
be especially cautious about using herbal health products or
supplements if you take a drug in one of the following categories:
products and supplements may not be safe if you have certain health
problems. You must talk to your doctor before taking herbal products
if you have any of the following health problems:
Herbology Training Back to top
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Disclaimer: The herbal information in this website is intended for educational purposes only. Nothing listed within this website should be considered as medical advice for dealing with any health problems. You should always consult your doctor for individual guidance before taking herbs
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