Category Archives: Herbalism

My General Philosophy of Health, Healing and Herbalism

Our modern Western culture has turned our food, land, and health into economic commodities.  We know less about where our food comes from or how it is produced; we watch the land being destroyed by mining, chemical run-off, trees being cut down, concrete spread over, and development springing up; our connection to the earth is distant at best; even our spirituality is sold to us on Easter and Christmas.  We’ve lost knowledge about ourselves, about how to take care of our health, giving up the responsibility to prevent and care for our own illnesses to doctors and synthetic pharmaceuticals motivated by greed and money.  Heart disease, diabetes and cancers are rampant in our society today.  The imbalances we see around us and forced to be part of everyday manifest inside of us causing various dis-eases.  Everything is connected.  The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our connection to the land and nature; we affect all these things and all these things affect us.

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Striving to Practice Western Herbalism

Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine practiced in the human world.  Findings go as far back as to over 60,000 years in an unearthed grave of Neanderthal man where eight species of pollen grains were found thickly spread around the bones.  Seven of these plants are still used today for medicine by the local people near the burial site in Iraq.  In fact, today, 80% of the world’s population still uses plants for medicinal purposes.  Fortunately, conventional western medical practice, or allopathy, in the United States, has begun to slowly acknowledge that there is healing to be found in the realm of herbal practice.  This may be because many have begun to seek out a less expensive healthcare modality with fewer or no side effects.

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