By observing animals going back in the BC era, this allowed us to discover that they used herbal plants while unwell. Herbs which stem from plants, have been used for thousands of years as food, medicine, scents, beauty and countless uses, that has aided us time and time again. It is the leaves usually, that are the most favoured part but the plant as a whole is beneficial such as the seeds, roots, flowers and bark.
A Little History of Herbs
Can you believe that herbs are even present in the most oldest architectures known to man? Take, for instance the Lascaux caves in France with paintings that represents herbs.
Back in the medieval times, people did not visit a doctor and relied solely on someone skilled in the use of herbs, what we know today as a “herbalist”. Also, a famous book written back around 65AD era which is still known today, “De Materia Medica”, was written by a greek physician about the uses of many herbs.
“In India, the 7th century saw a golden age of medicine, Thousands of student studied Ayurveda. Scholars recorded the medical achievements of the time, with advances such as the development of hospitals, maternity homes and the planting of medicinal herb gardens.”
History of development of Herbal Medicine.
Since ancient times, herbs and plants were used extensively for human diseases and ailments across the world. It is quite astonishing that these days’ herbalism isn’t well practiced as it used to be and that the pharmaceutical industry is what we mostly rely on for our health.
It makes you think if this really is an advancement or are we slowly disintegrating to relying on services for our own health, whereas we should be taught health remedies instead? Are we not really giving enough time for our bodies to heal as we all look for that “quick fix”. How is this really affecting our bodies in the long term? and future generations, our children.
Medicinal Herbal Traditions
Herbal use has been extracted back from ancient times and is as old as human society. Many cultures developed their own system of herbal use.
Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda originates from India. In Sanskrit this means, “The science of life.” It highlights that a person’s health is in harmony as a result of a natural balance within, such as mindset, diet, lifestyle and herb consumption. Ailments then occur when there is an imbalance of this.
Herbal remedies and plants are used to normalize the balance. We all have a frequency, an energy perhaps, of content or fear or hope can be improved or regulated with finding your true balance.
Chinese medicine is based on belief that the energy from a person which is referred to as “qi,” operates inside the body and moves along “channels” in the body, thus keeping the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health in good flow.
This system has been used for thousands of years to treat and aid in health. It includes practices such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping therapy and many more.
Western based on history from greek and roman times. They refer to the substances that make up the body which are fluids such as blood, black and yellow bile and phlegm are referred to as the “four humors”.
These are then linked to the elements of nature, fire, water, earth and wind, this medical theory were passed through up to the middle ages and herbs and natural remedies were the only medicines around.
Herbs traditionally practised
Here are some Ayurvedic herbs that allows for a holistic approach and used for many, many years to improve health.
Turmeric – a spice or can be eaten raw like a vegetable can reduce inflammation and can improve in good blood flow.
Bitter Melon – also known as bitter gourd which can help lower blood sugar levels and helps in insulin secretion.
Ashwagandha – A woody plant that can reduce levels of cortisol(a hormone produced when stressed), can improve sleep and lower levels of anxiety.
Basil – also known as “Fever plant”, It is antimicrobial and can remove “excess dampness in the lungs”, so you can breathe a little easy.
Here are some Chinese herbs and plants used in cultures to aid in health and improve one’s overall energy.
Yu Xing Cao – A flowering plant, it can treat circulatory problems and improve blood circulation.
Ginger – originated from China and can help with digestion and reduce nauseous like symptoms such as flu and colds.
Guan Zhong – A leafy plant or root that can kill parasites and to rid of and drains away heat within the body.
Let’s have a look at the Western herbs and plants that are commonly used and practiced even to this day.
Chives – This green herb can improve immunity, heart health and boost in bone health.
Mint – A green herb used for improving digestion and may have anti-inflammatory properties that can keep mucus at bay.
Oregano – Is so simple to add to dishes and may have great antibacterial components and anti cancer properties.
Fennel – Another green herb! This is so soothing overall and can purify the blood and great for the skin as a result.
The best practice is the traditional practice
The bottom line is that these herbs and plants are truly delicious and can be a part of a balanced diet as well as being highly nutritious! Adding these to your daily diet can have numerous health benefits and can make you feel better and maintain your health for the long run.
With added antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, this is something that should not be ignored or deemed of not true worth.
Although they say that herbs and plants should be eaten in moderation, there are some safety concerns over concentrated use of these herbal ways when it comes to supplements and tinctures. Always consult an expert for more knowledge. Some herbs do contain strong properties and should not be taken in times during pregnancy or certain health conditions so always seek professional advice and information when appropriate.
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